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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

Fujian Tulou Pictures – Fujian Tulou Photo Gallery

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
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Plan your China tour? If you are interested in the traditional Chinese architecture, exploring Fujian Tulou is very helpful understanding the principles of balance and symmetry used for the traditional Chinese buildings and the national culture, the sub-culture of a specific region where the ethnic group live within it.

Fujian Tulou is the official name for Hakka earth buildings that was crowned as World Culture Heritage site in 2008. The name of Fujian Tulou has various versions on the internet including Hakka Houses, Hakka Tulou The Hakka dwellings, Hakka Tulou earthen houses, Hakka earth building and Hakka Fortress. They are mainly refered to the tulou in Yongding County and Nanjing County in the southwest of Fujian Province.

“Tulou” literally means earth (tu) houses (lou). These valuable assets are made the smart hard-working people who fled here between 12 century and 20th century to get rid of the turmoil occuring in the middle of Fujian. These tulou were constructed for defence purposes that only has one entrance with windows high above the first floor.

Fujian Tulou were dubbed as “a little kingdom for the family” that houses the whole clan or used for a village. A tulou has the enclosed and fortified earth building, some rectangular or circular in configuration.

Most Hakka earth houses are set in mountainous areas far from the coastlines. The legend has it that these earth housed were once mistaken for numerous launching pads during the Ronald Reagan government. So FB once sent their secret agents to to nose about  the tulou in Fujian..

Follow me to track theThe inside of the tulou were built for comfort with 4-5 storeys old Hakka dwellings!

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The circular Hakka House. The rectangular Hakka Dwelling
A rectangular earth house

A rectangular earth house

A close look at Zhengchenglou. A glimpse of Fuxinglou
A glimpse of Fuxinglou

A glimpse of Fuxinglou

The village is close to the hakka houses
The village is close to the hakka houses

The village is close to the hakka houses

A rectangular earth house
The village is close to the hakka houses

The village is close to the hakka houses

A multi-eave rectangular tulou
A multi-eave rectangular tulou

A multi-eave rectangular tulou

The smallest Hakka earthen house
The smallest Hakka earthen house

The smallest Hakka earthen house

The inside of the Zhengchenglou reflects a westernized theatre stage
The inside of the Zhengchenglou reflects a westernized theatre stage

The inside of the Zhengchenglou reflects a westernized theatre stage

A Tulou girl is eating her meal
A Tulou girl is eating her meal

A Tulou girl is eating her meal

A kid with his grandma
A kid with his grandma

A kid with his grandma

Red lanterns are hung along the Tulou  
Red lanterns are hung along the Tulou

Red lanterns are hung along the Tulou

Tulou kids
Tulou kids

Tulou kids

        
Any questions, just drop a line.   

Xiamen International Cruise Terminal

Monday, January 21st, 2013
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Plan your Xiamen Tour on your Cruise Tour to China? There are major 13 cruise terminals or cruise ports along the China’s coastline including Tianjin, Dalian, Qingdao, Jiangyin, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Sanya, Hong Kong, Taipei and Kaohsiung.

All the destinations of these cruise terminals are full of tourist resources. The city of Xiamen is one of them and worth your visiting and exploring if you have chance to get off your cruise ship for a shore excursion.

Xiamen Cruise Port, or the International Cruise Terminal in Dongdu area, Xiamen, is located on the southwest waters of Xiamen. The Xiamen Cruise Terminal accommodates one dock for a cruise ship of 140,000 DWT and two berths for passenger ships of 3,000 WDT.

The international cruise terminal is a massive 3-storey building with a total area of 82,000 square meters. It has customs passages, waiting areas, restaurants, cafes and other service establishments. To the south of the Xiamen Cruise Port is the Xiamen Kinmen Passenger port with two 80-meter long pontoons, offering the transit service between Taiwan and mainland China.

Xiamen Cruise Port is well located, not far from Xiamen airport and Xiamen railway stations. Taxis are available on the parking lot attached to the cruise port.

Official Name: Xiamen International Cruise Center 厦门国际邮轮中心
Add: No 2, Donggang Road, Xiamen, China
Tel: 0592 – 2022516
Fax: 0592-2024649
The exterior of the Xiamen Cruise Port

The exterior of the Xiamen Cruise Port

The exterior of the Xiamen Cruise Port

 Outside the Departure Hall

Outside the Departure Hall

Outside the Departure Hall

 

The Waiting Area at the Cruise Port

The Waiting Area at the Cruise Port

The Waiting Area at the Cruise Port

Exit and Entry at the Cruise Terminal

Exit and Entry at the Cruise Terminal

Exit and Entry at the Cruise Terminal


Tip:Xiamen Guided Tours
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 Highlight Day Tour   from US$89 p/p
Xiamen One Day Side Trip to Yongding Hakka Tulou   from US$90 p/p

Further Readings


Xiamen Tour
Xiamen Cruise Port, the International Cruise Terminal Xiamen
How to Visit Xiamen University
How to visit Island Ring Road in Xiamen
How to Visit Hulishan Fortress Xiamen
How to Visit South Putuo Temple Xiamen
How to Visit Zhongshan Road in Xiamen
How to Visit Gulangyu Island

Any questions, just drop a line.