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Best Time to Visit Wuyishan

Friday, April 11th, 2014
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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.

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.

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

Wuyishan Scenic Area

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
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Plan your Wuyishan tour? One question is how to visit Wuyi Mountains and what to do in Mount Wuyi. Well, Wuyishan is mainly composed of three parts – Wuyishan City, Wuyishan Holiday Resort and Wuyishan Scenic Area.
 
Visitors would stay at Wuyishan Holiday Resort and sightseeing at Wuyishan Scenic Area which are close to each other, only divided by a river known as “Chongyang Stream,“. Few people would like to visit Wuyishan City itself, which is 16km north of both Wuyishan Holiday Resort and sightseeing at Wuyishan Scenic Area.  
 
Wuyishan Scenic Area
Wuyishan Scenic Area are mainly composed of  “Heavenly Tour Peak Nine Bend River Rafting” Area, “Roaring Tiger Rock  A Thread of Sky ” Area,  “Water Curtain Cave Da Hong Pao” Area and Wuyi Palace Scenic Area.
 
Most popularly daily plan for the 5 scenic areas in Wuyishan Scenic Area:
 
Day 01: Morning
           Heaveny Tour Peak
           Afternoon
           Nine Bend River Rafting &  Wuyi Palace
 
Day 02: Morning
           Roaring Tiger Rock & A Thread of Sky
           Afternoon
           Water Curtain Cave & Da Hong Pao
 
How to Get to Wuyshan Scenic Area
The 16km Wuyi Avenue links Wuyishan city and Wuyishan Nantional Holiday Resort running from north to south. Both Wuyishan Railway Station and Wuyshan Airport  are located close to Wuyi Avenue. So Wuyishan National Holiday resort is easily accessible by trains and flights.  
 
Wuyishan Scenic Area is located on the west bank of Chongyang Stream running from north to south which is the divided line between Wuyishan Scenic Area and Wuyishan National Holiday Resort. It is only a 20 minute walk cross Lantang Bridge over Chongyang Stream, from Wuyishan National Holiday Resort to the Wuyi Palace, the entrance to the core of Wuyishan Scenic Area.
 
Wuyi Palace Entrance to Wuyishan Scenic Area
Wuyi Palace is an attraction itself as well as a place where visitors can buy entrance tickets and shuttle bus tickets for their sightseeing at Wuyishan Scenic Area. Actually Wuyi Palace is the informal entrance to the core of Wuyishan Scenic Area, it is not the main entrance to Wuyishan Scenic Area. Wuyishan Scenic Area has two main entrances – North Entrance and South Entrance.
 
North Entrance to Wuyishan Scenic Area
If you come from either Wuyishan Railway Station or Wuyshan Airport – to Wuyishan National Holiday Resort, you will pass by the North Entrance to Wuyishan Scenic area. You may stop to buy the tickets for your sightseeing at Wuyishan Scenic area. Or you can buy your tickets at Wuyi Palace later or next day. For individual travelers, it is easy to buy tickets at Wuyi Palace since it is close to Wuyishan National Holiday Resort.
  
Get around Wuyishan Scenic Area
For the transportation in Wuyishan Scenic Area, you must use the shuttle bus service operated by Wuyishan Scenic Area Company. So when you purchase your entrance tickets, you must buy their shuttle bus service. All the shuttle buses start both at North Entrance and South Entrance. Most tour groups have to go to either North Entrance or South Entrance aboard the buses for their sightseeing. For individual travelers, it is ok to start their sightseeing at Wuyi Palace, which all the shuttle buses will pass by. You will get your seating spaces at Wuyi Palace.
 
How to Purchse the Tickets for Wuyishan Scenic Area ( Attractions & Shuttle Bus Service )
Like most so called “5A” scenic areas elsewhere in China, Wuyishan Scenic Area also has the ticketing policy of all for one ticket practice- You buy one ticket for all the attractions you are going to visit instead of buying one by one. This all for one tickting policy is also practised for shuttle bus service within Wuyishan Scenic Area.
 
Only one exception, the ticket for bamboo rafting at Nine Bend River is not included for the all for one ticket. You have to buy separately.
 
Attractions Tickets
One Day Tour:   RMB 140
Three Day Tour: RMB 150
Three Day Tour: RMB 160
Half Day Tour:: RMB 75
Bamnoo Rafting: RMB 100
 
Shuttle Bus Tickets

One Day Tour:   RMB 70
Three Day Tour: RMB 85
Three Day Tour: RMB 95
Half Day Tour:: RMB 40
 
Shuttle Bus Operting Time ( North Entrance )
Autumn and Summer: 06:30 – 18:30
Spring and Winter: 06:50 – 18:00
 
Note:
1. Children 1.2 – 1.5 meters high; half price
2. Senior over 70 years: Half price
 
 
Wuyishan Scenic Area Shuttle Bus Trail Map

Wuyishan Scenic Area Shuttle Bus Trail Map

 

Each major attraction in Wuyishan Scenic Area has a shuttle bus terminal.

Wuyishan City, Wuyishan City Fujian

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
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Plan your Wuyishan tour? Wuyishan in Chinese literally means Mount Wuyi or Wuyi Mountains which was listed as World Heritage, natural and cultural in December,1999. So Wuyishan City is a city named after Mount Wuyi, hoping the brand of Wuyi Mountains will bring more attention to the small city from outside world for better life and development.

Before August 21, 1989, Wuyishan City was known as Chong An County. Right now Wuyishan City is a county-level city under the administration of Nanping City in Fujian Province.

Wuyishan City has two meanings – broad and narrow. As for the broad meaning, it administrates three parts – Wuyishan City proper, Wuyishan Holiday Resort and Wuyishan Scenic Area.

As for the narrow sense, it only refers to Wuyishan city proper. Wuyishan City proper is about 15km north of both Wuyishan National Holiday Resort and Wuyishan Scenic Area. while Wuyishan National Holiday Resort and Wuyishan Scenic Area are next to each other, only divided by the Chongyang Stream.

When talking about Wuyishan City, usually people refer to the city proper of Wuyishan, not Wuyishan Holiday Resort and Wuyishan Scenic Area. Very few people would stay in the hotels in Wuyishan City proper, most people would like to stay in Wuyishan Holiday Resort which is close to Wuyishan Scenic Area.

Wuyishan Railway Station – Wuyishan City Proper 5km ( from south to north) Wuyshan Airport – Wuyishan City Proper 9km ( from south to north).

Wuyishan Railway Station – Wuyishan National Holiday Resort 11km ( from north to south )

Wuyshan Airport – Wuyishan National Holiday Resort 7km ( from north to south )

Don’t confuse Wuyishan City proper with Wuyishan National Holiday Resort! You most probably stay in Wuyishan Holiday Resort, not in the city center of Wuyishan, which are about 16km apart.

If you have extra visit time in Wuyishan, a side trip to the city proper of Wuyishan City is advisable. Wuyishan City is a booming city, a small sized city in China. It is developing very fast.

You can take Bus No.6 from Wuyishan National Holiday Resort to the downtown of Wuyishan City for 3 Yuan.

Don’t miss having a walk at the pedestrian street in Wuyishan city – Heping Nanlu, which is rife with all kinds stuff, ranging from world famous brands to the local products in Wuyishan.

Below are some of the pictures taken during our recent short trip to Wuyishan City downtown:

We are driving on Wuyi Avenue and approaching the city proper of Wuyisnhan City.

We are driving on Wuyi Avenue and approaching the city proper of Wuyisnhan City.

Chongyang Stream passes the city from north to south.

Chongyang Stream passes the city from north to south.

Heping Nanlu – a walking street

Heping Nanlu – a walking street

Snack vendors on the street

Snack vendors on the street

Wuyishan Taxi

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