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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.

How to Visit Gulangyu Island

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
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Dear Travelers,

We’d like to have the following quick guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors visiting Gulangyu Island by ferry. If anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!
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Plan your Xiamen Tour? Gulangyu Island is a picturesque island about 600 meters off the southwest coast of Xiamen City (or exactly Xiamen Island).

Gulangyu Island is on the top of the Top 10 Attractions in Xiamen. “Gulang” literally means “Drum Waves”, which indicates the sound caused by the waves hitting the reefs and rocks. “Yu” refers to “Island” in Chinese. This island took its present name of Gulangyu Isalnd in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Gulangyu Island started to develop and prospered at late Ming Dynasty and early Qing Dynasty. Zheng Chenggong (1624-1662) is a national hero of late Ming and early Qing Dynasties. He and his troops stationed in Gulangyu Island. He and his soldiers fought bravely against the Qing government. He recovered Taiwan Island and from the Dutch invaders.

Gulangyu Island became a treaty port as the result of the Chinese losses in the First Opium War and the Treaty of Nanjing in 1842. 15 countries including Great Britain, France and Japan set up houses and consulates in the international settlement in Gulangyu. Now Gulangyu Island is teeming with Victorian-era style architecture – Villas, churches, and hospitals.

Japanese invaders occupied the island began in 1942, and lasted until the end of World War II. Gulangyu Island takes an area of 1.87 square kilometers with a population of 20,000 residents. Gulangyu Island is now classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration. The local government is in full swing in preparation of applying for UNESCO World Culture Heritage.

Through Entrance ticket: RMB 100 ( Actually the island itself is free of charge if you don’t go inside the paid attractions in the island).
If you don’t want to buy a through entrance ticket, you may visit the attractions in the Island one by one and pay one by one.

Paid sights on the Gulangyu Island:
Sunlight Rock: 60 Yuan
Suzhuang Garden: 30 Yuan
Bright Moon Park: 15 yuan
Organ Museum: 20 yuan
International Character Engraving Art Gallery: 10 yuan
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Total Price: 135 yuan ( You can buy one by one per your interest; you also can buy a through ticket ( 100 yuan ) to cover all the attractions). Opening Hours: 24 hours.

Ferry Timetable:

Daytime Ferry : 
Starting Point: Xiamen International Cruise Terminal
Arrival Point:  SanqiuTian Wharf  ( 三丘田码头) or Neicuoao Wharf (内厝澳码头) in Gulangyu Island.
Ferry Schedule: every 20 minutes from 7:00 am  to 5:30 pm
Ferry Price: 35 yuan

Evening Ferry : 
Starting Point: Xiamen Ferry Wharf ( across the west end of Zhongshan Road )
Arrival Point:  SanqiuTian Wharf  ( 三丘田码头) in Gulangyu Island.
Ferry Schedule: every 20 minutes from 7:00 am  to 5:30 pm
Ferry Price: 35 yuan

Take a ferry-boat and reach Gulangyu Island.

 

Take a ferry boat and reach Gulangyu Island in five minutes.

Take a ferry-boat and reach Gulangyu Island in five minutes.

We are approaching the Ferry Pier at Gulangyu Island.
We are approaching the Ferry Pier at Gulangyu Island.

We are approaching the Ferry Pier at Gulangyu Island.

Gulangyu Island has beautiful beaches.
Gulangyu Island has beautiful beaches.

Gulangyu Island has beautiful beaches.

The statue of the National Hero – Zheng Chenggong ( Koxinga )
The statue of the National Hero - Zheng Chenggong ( Koxinga )

The statue of the National Hero – Zheng Chenggong ( Koxinga )

People are playing on the rocks and beaches with the cityscape as the backdrop.
People are playing on the rocks and beaches with the cityscape as the backdrop.

People are playing on the rocks and beaches with the cityscape as the backdrop.

On the top of the Sunlight Rock, the highest place on the Island.
On the top of the Sunlight Rock, the highest place on the Island.

On the top of the Sunlight Rock, the highest place on the Island.

The Lujiang River cuts through Xiamen Island and Gulangyu Island, a sharp contract between the modern buildings and the traditional Victorian-era style architecture
On the top of the Sunlight Rock, the highest place on the Island

On the top of the Sunlight Rock, the highest place on the Island

Sun is setting over the mesmerizing Gulangyu Island
Sun is setting over the mesmerising Gulangyu Island

Sun is setting over the mesmerising Gulangyu Island

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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself Xiamen tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Xiamen:Xiamen Cruise Port Day Tour from USD from US$89Xiamen Highlight Day Tour   from US$89 p/p

Xiamen One Day Side Trip to Yongding Hakka Tulou   from US$90 p/p

If you have any questions, just drop a line.