Best Time to Visit Wuyishan

April 11th, 2014

Plan your Wuyishan Tour? Wuyishan or Wuyi Mountain is a popular mountain retreat in the northeast of Fujian Province off  China’s southeast coast. Its waterfalls, rivers,  mountains and forests are combined to draw a great number of  visitors both domestic and oversea each year.   In 1999, Mount Wuyi was listed as UNESCO’s World Natural and Cultural Heritage Site.

Then,  when is the best time to visit Wuyishan? Wuyishan is officially open all year round. Its relatively mild and comfortable weather make it visitable in the four seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter.  But which is the best month or best season to go to Wuyi Mountain? It mainly depends on your choices based on scenery, crowd tolerance and budget.

December, January and Febuary (Winter Season)
These three months are tourist off season.  For a mountain retreat,  this time of the year is not at its best in terms of scenery, plus a chilly weather. In addition, the whole area often falls into a rainy mist.

If you happen to visit Wuyishan during the slack season,  you will be rewarded with discounted accommodations and transportation.  Most importantly, you will have the area to yourself!  If luck follows you, you will see the whole area blanketed by white snow, a unique view of Wuyishan Mountain.

Wuyishan in Snow

Wuyishan in Snow

With a big temperature difference between day and night, you should bring with you the winter jacket and sweater, walking and climbing slow due to the cold weather.

March, April, June and November (Shoulder Season)
Personally,  I think these four months are good time  to visit Wuyishan, comfortable weather , green scenery and less crowded than peak season  ( July, August and September).

Sometimes it rains in March and April, don’t forget to bring your umbrella.

Wuyishan in spring

Wuyishan in spring

May, July, August, September and October (High season)
These four months find hordes of tourists flocking into Wuyishan Mountain.  July and August are the summer time in Wuyshan, alao the  school vacation time, a great time for family travel.

My personal experience tells me to avoid visiting Wuyishan in July and August to keep away from crowds, the uncomfortable humid weather and scorching sun!

wuyishan in autumn

wuyishan in autumn

Avoid going to Wuyi Mountain on May 01 – 03 for China’s Labor’s Day and Oct 01 – 07 for China’s National Holiday.

In a word, come to Wuyishan in March, April, June and November, the best traveling months for visiting Wuyishan – good scenery, less crowded and comfortable weather.  If you happen to visit Wuyishan in other seasons,  it is all right!   Wuyi Mountain welcomes you 365 days each year.

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How to Visit Mausoleum of the Nanyue King

April 3rd, 2014

Mausoleum of the Nanyue King is officially known as the Western Han Museum of the Nanyue King Mausoleum (西汉南越王博物馆). If you are interested in history or archiology,  Mausoleum of the Nanyue King is a nice place to go on your short Guangzhou tour.

The museum is built on the burial site of Zhao Mo, the second king of Nanyue Kindom that existed for 93 years (203 BC – 111 BC) with 5 successive kings. Nanyue Kingdom was a dependent state of Western Han Dynasty in China (202BC- 9AD).  The first king of Nanyue was Zhao Tuo who was sent here as one of local officials to quell the unrest at the end of Qin Dynasty (221BC-207BC) preceding Western Han Dynasty.

In the chaotic course of transition from Qin Dynasty (221BC-207BC) to Western Han Dynasty  (202BC- 9AD), Zhao Tuo established his own kingdom in Lingnan Region with Guangzhou as his capital. His and other  four later kings of Nanyue Kingdom had a hard time with Western Han Dynasty going through ups and turns, interwoven between wars and harmony.  Finally the kingdom was wiped off in the year 111BC  by the Western Han Dynasty, hence the name for the museum –  the Western Han Museum of the Nanyue King Mausoleum.

The tomb was discovered incidentally in June, 1983 when people were digging and measuring to build new apartments here. So  the construction had to stop to make way for the building of the magnificent museum. In 1988 then museum was open to the public with a construction area of 17400 square meters.

The museum is mainly composed of three structures – the three-storey comprehensive exhibition hall by the Jiefang North Road,  the burial site of the Nanyue King and another two-storey exhibition hall. The burial site is on Xianggang Hill just behind the three-storey comprehensive building.  North  of the burial site is the two-storey exhibition hall.

The three-storey Comprehensive Exhibition Hall dislays a ceramic pillow exhibition and other special exhibition events  like the Guangzhou exhibitions that are often changed. The two-storey Principal Exhitbition Hall mainly accommodates the relics discoverd for the tomb of the Zhao Mo in Nanyue Kingdom period.

How to get to the Nanyue Kingdom Museum
While you are in Guangzhou,  try o find your nearest subway station.  Take metro Line 2 ( or interchange from other metroy lines ) and get off at the station of Yuexiu Park (越秀公园) using Exit E. Walking along the sideway to the north direction for about 5 minutes, you will see a vermilion building – Guangzhou Mausoleum of Nanyue King.

Add: No. 867, Jiefang North Road, Guangzhou Zip Code: 510040
Opening hours: 9:00 – 17:30
It is open all year round except Feb 28 and August 31  – the two days are closed for restoration.
Entrance fee:  free of Charge
Tel: 36182920、36182865

Now follow me to have a glimpse of the great museum in Guangzhou.  All the items on show have their English captions.  The museum also have audio English speaking tour guide service.

The vermilion facade of the Musuem. Add: No. 867, Jiefang North Road, Guangzhou

The vermilion facade of the Musuem

The vermilion facade of the Musuem

The Comprehensive Exhibition Hall
When you enter the museum,  you are inside the Comprehensive Exhibitional Hall, a 3-storey building.  You may walk up to the second or third floor to visit Pottery Pillow Show or other sepcial exhibitions.

up to the second or third floor

up to the second or third floor

 

The exhibition hall is quite flexible in displaying different themed exhibitions except one fixed show – Ceramic Pillows Show.

Ceramic Pillows Show.

Ceramic Pillows Show.

Over 200 porcelain  pillows housed in a permanent exhibitioon gallery – Ceramic Pillows Exhibition Gallery on the second floor in the 3-storey exhibiton hall.  All the pottery pillows are donated by the Hong Kong famous collector and industralist Yeung Wing Tak and his wife.

The pillow with paintings

The pillow with paintings

The Yeungs  are ardent collectors and lovers of pottery and porcelain. Their main interest is focused on the collection of ceramic pillows.  Through years of collection, they have built up a collection of over 200 pottery pillows.  They think all the works of arts are the common cultural heritage of mankind.  They decided to donate all their collection to the public aimed at letting more people appreciate the cematic pillow culture.

Beside the pillow show, the comprehensive exhibition hall also dislay the artifacts unearthed within Guangdong Province.

More artifacts on show from within Guangdong Province

More artifacts on show from within Guangdong Province

The Tomb of Zhao Mo, the Second King of Nanyue Kingdom
The highlight for the musuem is the tomb of Zhao Mo.  The tomb was buried 20 meters underground on Xianggang Hill. The tomb is composed of the Tomb Passager, an antechamber, the East Side Chamber, the West Side Chamber,  the Main Coffin Room, East Side Room, West Side Room and  the Rear Store Room.

A pyramid-style glass cover atop the unearthed tomb on Xianggang Hill west of the Comprehensive Exhibition Hall and south of  The Principal Exhibition Hall.

A pyramid-style glass cover atop the unearthed tomb

A pyramid-style glass cover atop the unearthed tomb

the Tomb Passager

the Tomb Passager

the Tomb Passager

Enter the antechamber and explore the underground tomb

Enter the antechamber

Enter the antechamber

Visiting the East Side Room

Enter the antechamber

Enter the antechamber

The tomb was built with over 700 huge stones and slabs carved with colorful murals. A great number of ancient artifacts, bronzeware and terra cotta ware were discovered.

The King of Zhao Mo was in the jade shroud with typical jade burial rite. In addition, 15 human sacrifices found in the tomb reflects the unique burial customs.

The Principal Exhibition Hall
The Principal Exhibition Hall displays  the artifacts unearthed from Zhao Mo’s Tomb.  It is estimated that over 1000 artifacts have  been excavated from the tomb, including cultural relics of bronze and pottery of Lingnan style, 3 sets of bronze bells instruments, 39 copper mirrors,  3 golden seals and  240 pieces of unearthed jade, the Zhao Mo’s burial jade suit and the world’s first coated copper printing mold. The unearthed objects are regarded as the light and national treasures of  Lingnan culture.

Walk up to the Principal Exhibition Hall

Walk up to the Principal Exhibition Hall

Walk up to the Principal Exhibition Hall

Zhao Mo was in jade shroud

Zhao Mo was in jade shroud

Zhao Mo was in jade shroud

The unearthed jade carving

The unearthed jade carving

The unearthed jade carving

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How to Visit Guangxiao Temple Guangzhou

March 31st, 2014

Plan your Guangzhou tour? Guangxiao Temple is a big draw in Guangzhou. “Guangxiao”literally means “Bright Filial Piety”.    It is an oldest buddhist monastery in Guangdong Province.  It was originally the mansion of  Prince Zhao Jiande, the grandson of Zhao Tuo – the king of the Nanyue Kingdom during the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.- A.D.24).

In the Three Kingdoms period (220–280) it became the Yu Fan’s teaching academy. Yu Fan came here in exile. Yu Fan was an official as well as a scholar. When he died, his family donated Yu Fan’s house (academy) for the temple, called “Zhi Zhi Temple”.

The Mahavira Hall was built in the temple compound during a well-known Indian monk’s stay at the temple in the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317- 420).  In Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD),  the temple was renamed as “Baoen Guangxiao Temple. In Song Dynasty (960 – 1279), it was changed to the present named “Guangxiao Temple”. So the temple has a history of over 17,00 years.

In addition to the famed Mahavira Hall, there are many historical relics and old buildlings. Yifa Pagoda enshrines the hair of the enfluential monk known as Huineng of  Zen Buddhist sect in 7th century.  There are Samgharama Hall, the King of Heaven Hall, and two iron towers, Drum Tower, Bell Tower,  Sixth Ancester Hall, The Zen Hall.

How to get there
It is easily accessed by subway. You may take subway line 1 and get off at Ximenkou Station (西门口), exit  and walk north along Guangxiao Road. At the northern end of Guangziao Road is Guangxiao Temple.  Most probally you will be pestered by beggars and fake monks. Just ignore them otherwise you will be surrounded by them and hard to go away.
Entrance fee: RMB 5
Opening hours: 6:00 – 17:30

Follow me to have a glimpse of Guangxiao Temple.

Guangxiao Temple’s mountain gate

Guangxiao Temple's mountain gate

Guangxiao Temple’s mountain gate

Behind Guangxiao Temple’s mountain gate is the Hall of Heavenly Kings

the Hall of Heavenly Kings

the Hall of Heavenly Kings

Also behind the Hall of Heavenly King is the largest building in the temple – Mahavira Hall.  Between the Heavenly King Hall and Mahavira Hall is a compound people come here for praying and doing religious rituals.

Mahavira Hall

Mahavira Hall

The front gate to Mahavira Hall

The front gate to Mahavira Hall

The front gate to Mahavira Hall

The Drum Tower(Qielan Hall)

The Drum Tower(Qielan Hall)

The Drum Tower(Qielan Hall)

People are doing religious rituals

Ritual

Ritual

 

pious hiddhist followers

pious hiddhist followers

 

Happy hiddhist followers?

Happy hiddhist followers?