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Wuyishan National Tourist Holiday Resort

Friday, September 14th, 2018
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Plan your Wuyishan tour? You are advised to stay in Wuyishan National Tourist Holiday Resort, which was one of the 12 national level tourist holiday resorts built in 1992 under the authorization of China National Tourism Administration. The national resort has a total planning area of 12,000 km², only a stream away from the famous Wuyishan Scenic Area.

Wuyishan Holiday Resort is only 7km south of Wuyishan Airport, 11km south of Wuyishan Railway Station and 16km south of Wuyishan City with convenient transportation.

Aimed at developing international leisure travel, Wuyishan National Holiday Resort is sectioned into several parts including Tourism Reception Area, Leisure Travel Area, Golf Area, comprehensive Entertainment Area.

The national resort has a good investment in infrastructure with reasonable network of water, electricity, CATV, information and roads. There are over 130 inns and hotels with over 10 4-star hotels and a capacity of 13,700 beds.

The Wuyishan National Holiday Resort has been developed from the natural village known as “San Gu Village”. Much of the land in San Gu Village has been used by the local government for developing the national holiday resort. For used land, the villagers get some compensation fees according to the compensation for land policies concerned.

Many San Gu villagers set up stores or restaurants in the old streets to cater for the increasing number of tourists staying in the holiday resort. Some lend their houses to the newcomers who come here for new development and new life in Wuyishan.

Accommodations in Wuyishan Holiday Resort
The resort has a wide spectrum of inns, hostels and hotels to suit every mood, style and budget. Highly recommend the two hotels below:

 

Wuyi Mountain Yeohwa Resort

 

 1. Wuyi Mountain Yeohwa Resort
   Tel:  0599-5238999
  

Wuyi Mountain Villa

 2. Wuyi Mountain Villa
   Tel: 0599-5251888
  
Dining and Shopping at the old streets of San Gu Village
Beside eating and shopping in your lodging hotels or in the main streets in Wuyishan Holiday Resort, you may walk to the San Gu Village, a reserved old area in the resort where you will still find the traditional way of food cooking which is dying out in big cities.

A vegetable and food market in the San Gu Village in the resort.

A vegetable and food market in the San Gu Village in the resort.


Old Streets teemed with various kinds of restaurant.

Old Streets teemed with various kinds of restaurants.

A place for local food.

A place for local food.

Two bowls of rice noodle

Two bowls of rice noodle

Transportation at Wuyishan Holiday Resort
The holiday resort is not very big. You are advised not to use those pesky trishaw drivers if possible. An honest trishaw driver would charge RMB 5 for anywhere within the resort. Taxis are available at the hotels and in the main streets in the resort.he Bus No.06 runs between the resort and Wuyishan City as well as Wuiyishan Train Stationa and Wuyishan Airport.

Shuttle buses running in Wuyishan Holiday Resort.


Taking a trishaw ride 

Taking a trishaw ride


Walk from the resort to Wuyishan Scenic Area
Once in the resort, if you going to visit Wuyishan Scenic Area, you don’t have to bother going to either North Gate or South Gate for buying entrance tickets.

You just walking cross the Lan Tang Bridge over Chongyang Stream, then continue to walk another 20 or 30 minutes and get to Wuyi Palace where many shuttle buses waiting for people on board for the attractions in Wuyishan Scenic Area. You are supposed to buy the entrance and bus tickets at the service house near Wuyi Palace.


The Nightlife in Wuyishan Holiday Resort
“Impression Dahongpao” is a must to see outdoor musical show co-directed by Zhang Yimou, Wang Chaoge and Fan Yue.

The evening show is based on natural landscape as both the stage and background. The interesting breakthrough is that the audience seats can move offering a view of 360 degrees. The entrance around RMB 230.

 

A scene from the show Impression Dahongpao

Tip:  Hassle-free Wuyishan Guided Tours
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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Wuyishan Guided Tours:

Wuyi Mountain 3 Days Tour from US$265 p/p
Mount Wuyi 4 day Tour from US$320 p/p
Wuyishan Car Rental with Driver from US$ 45

Climb Tianyou Peak in Mount Wuyi – My Trip to Wuyi Mountains

Sunday, April 8th, 2018
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Plan your Fujian Tour? Listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, both natural and cultural, Mount Wuyi (Wuyishan or Wuyi Mountains) is one of your choices when you are planning your trip to Fujian.

Tianyou Peak ( or Heavenly Tour Peak 天游峰) is located in Tianyou Scenic Area in Wuyi mountains (Wuyishan) of Fujian Provice. It lies at the altitude of 409.6 meters, one of the must visited attractions in Mount Wuyi.

The Tianyou ( Heavenly Tour ) Peak Scenic Area is situated around the 5th and 6th bend of the Nine-Bend River. Tianyou Scenic Area maily includes Wuyi Academy of Classical Learning, Clouds’ Lair as well as Tianyou Peak.

The highlight of visiting Tianyou Peak is to climb the 828 steep stone steps up to the top of the mountain and have A bird’s-eye view of the surrounding peaks and hills made up of red sandstone with very steep slopes but flat tops including the 6th bend of the Nine Bend River below.

This morning we took a local public bus No.06 for Tianyou Peak Scenic Area, which is about 3km west of our lodging hotel in Wuyi Mountain Resort. We walked for half hour and got to the entrance to Tianyou Peak.

The normally people climb up Tianyou Peak from its front and walk down its back. Tianyou Peak’s front steps are very steep and a little risky while its back side is relatively smooth and safe. So many tourists would hike Tianyou Peak upfront and climb down at its back. The views are stunning with the different heights you get to when you are climbing Tianyou Peak.

Huge Rock Carved “Heavenly Tour” reminds you that you are about to enter Tianyou Scenic Area

A Huge Rock Carved “Heavenly Tour” reminds you that you are about to enter Tianyou Scenic Area

 The ancient calligraphy carvings seen on our way down from the top of Tianyou Peak

The ancient calligraphy carvings seen on our way down from the top of Tianyou Peak

 

Way back much smoother than hiking up front

 

I’ve made it, on the top of Tianyou Peak.

 

The top of Tianyou Peak ( Heavenly Tour Peak ) is only 110m up

 

People behind us climbing

 

Peaks and hills made up of red sandstone with very steep slopes but flat tops

 

Enjoy the views while hiking, the 6th bend of the Nine Bend River below Tianyou Peak

 

A close at the climbers

 

Climb Tianyou Peak upfront

 

Walking to the entrance to Tianyou Peak

Tip:  Hassle-free Wuyishan Guided Tours
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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Wuyishan Guided Tours:

Wuyi Mountain 3 Days Tour from US$265 p/p
Mount Wuyi 4 day Tour from US$320 p/p
Wuyishan Car Rental with Driver from US$ 45

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, Nanjing Tulou – Fujian Tulou

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
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Plan your Fujian Tulou Tour? Fujian Tulou are largely composed of the clay buildings in Yongding County and Nanjing County in the southwest Fujian Province. The Nanjing Tulou Clusters boast of three parts – Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, Yuchanglou and Taxia Village. Nanjing Tulou Cluster are about 160 km west of Xiamen, 2 hours’ drive from Xiamen.

Tianluokeng Tulou cluster (田螺坑土楼群)
Tianluokeng Tulou is the major Tulou cluster in Nanjing County,  about 160km west of Xiamen City. It takes about two hours’ drive from Xiamen along the bumpy and zigzag narrow mountain road.

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster are composed of 5 clay buildings, with a square Tulou at the center and circled by 4 circular Tulous, forming a pretty pattern of so called “four dishes with one soup”.

 

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster 1

 

 Yuchanglou (裕昌楼)
Yuchanglou belongs to the tulou cluster in Nanjing Tulou Cluster. It is located  in Xiabanliao village in Nanjing. It is a five-storey clay built in 1308 Yuan dynasty by the Liu clan. It is one of the oldest and largest earthen building in China.

Yuchanglou is also nicknamed as the “leaning building”, because the vertical wooden post structure is not straight, but leaning left and right. It was constructed like this mainly due to a mistake in measuring the building material.

But in spite of this error, this tall tulou has survived for the past 700 hundred years. Yuchanglou is 36m in diameter and has five storeys, with 50 rooms on each floor.

The Yuchanglou Exterior

The Yuchanglou Exterior

Yuchanglou is a five-storey clay building with the ancestral hall in the center.

Yuchanglou is a five-storey clay building with the ancestral hall in the center.

 

A close look at the wooden structure of the floors inside the clay building.

A close look at the wooden structure of the floors inside the clay building.

The king of Hulusi

 

The king of Hulusi

 

Selling hand-made cigarettes

 

Selling hand made cigarettes

 

Selling local tea

 

Selling local tea

 

Selling local products

 

Selling local products

 Taxia Village (塔下村)
After finishing the short visit to Yuchanglou, we drove along the mountain road and soon we entered the ancient Taxia Village. The ancient village is located in the west of Shuyang Town in Nanjing, a famous oversea Chinese town. Taxia Village is one of the first 15 scenic villages selected in China. The village has a long history dating back to 1426. Now there are over 300 households in the village.

The clay buildings in Taxia Village are built evenly along the banks of the river passing through the village. The tulou buildings in the village have various kinds of shapes – circular, square and oval.  In addition, this village also has a kind of wood and brick buildings similar to those in the countrysides in Zhejiang.

The clay buildings in Taxia Village are built evenly along the banks of the river passing through the village.

 

The clay buildings in Taxia Village are built evenly along the banks of the river passing through the village

 This village also has a kind of wood and brick buildings similar to those in the countrysides in Zhejiang.

Taxia village has a kind of wood and brick buildings similar to those in the countrysides in Zhejiang.

 

Hassle-Free Private Tour to Visit the Tulou Clusters
If you don’t want go the daunting do-it-yourself-route and prefer an organized hassle-free private tour to visit Tulou clusters, no worry and we have the following options:

Xiamen Yongding Tulou One Day Tour from US$99 p/p
Xiamen Nanjing Tulou One Day Tour from US$75 p/p
Xiamen Tulou Two Day Tour from US$255 p/p
Xiamen Tulou Peitian Ancient Village 3 Day Tour from US$319 p/p .

Further Readings


Hongkeng Tulou Clusters
Gaobei Tulou Clusters
Chuxi Tulou Clusters
Nanjing Tulou Clusters
Peitian Village
Yongding County
Xiayang Town
Fuyulou Changdi Inn

Any questions,  just drop a line.