Top 10 Attractions in Wuyishan

Plan your Wuyishan tour?  Wuyishan is a county-level city in the municipal region of Nanping, Fujian province. A local subsection of the Wuyishan Mountain range ( the same name for the city of Wuyishan), which forms the entirety of the geological and political divide between the provinces of Fujian and Jiangxi, is a front-rank national park called simply Wuyi Mountains.

In 1999 the Wuyishan ( Wuyi Mountain ) park zone was recognised by UNESCO as part of the world’s natural and cultural heritage. Below is my suggested top 10 attractions in Wuyishan for your 2-3 day trip to the magnificent place.

General travel information about Wuyi Mountain
Wuyishan is a mountain range located in the prefecture of Nanping, in the northern border of Fujian province with Jiangxi province. Mount Wuyi entered UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1999.

There are many beautiful sceneries in Wuyi Mountain. The cliffs and waters of Wuyi Mountain are outstanding. The average height of the peaks is over 1,000 meters above sea level. Wuyi Mountain is also known for being of great historic and cultural value. The beauty of the mountain and its waters has made Wuyi known as the most attractive mountain in southeast China.

Entrance Fee: CNY 140 (Ticket for one-day entrance);
CNY 150 (Ticket for one-day entrance);
CNY 160 (Ticket for one-day entrance)
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: There are Tourist Buses between Wuyishan City and Wuyishan Mountain. You can take the Tourist Buses from the downtown area of Wuyishan.

The Top  10 Places in Wuyishan

No. 01: The Nine Crooked Creek (九曲溪 )
Covering an area of 8.5 square kilometers, the Nine-Crooked Creek is the essence and the centerpiece of Mount Wuyi.

Its meandering course forms nine distinct crooks or angles . Hence its name, the Nine-Crooked Creek is flanked on either side by mountain peaks and stones of various weird shapes that are entwined with various watercourses.Each crook forms a unique picturesque  and poetic landscape and each landscape has its own name. Visitors can ride on a bamboo raft to enjoy it.You can visit the Nine Crooked Creek at any time of the year, and the best time is in June and July.

Entrance Fee: CNY 100 (for the drift)
Opening Hours: 07:00-18:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 5 or 6 from the downtown area to the Wuyishan Scenic Area

The Nine Crooked Creek
The Nine Crooked Creek

No. 02: Tianyou Peak (天游峰)
Tianyou Peak is located in the center of the Mount Wuyi Scenic Area. With an area of 4 square kilometers, its frequently shrouded in clouds and mist, it towers aloft over clusters of peaks. 

This scenic area includes Tianyou Peak; Tea Cave, Yuhua Peak, Cloud Nest, Snowflake Spring, Immortal Bathing Pond, Huma Ravine and Yilan Pavilion. It is the most beautiful spot in the Wuyishan Scenic Area.

There are a dozen or so caves in the area. In the mornings and evenings in spring and autumn, clouds and mist often come out of the caves, now moving among the peaks, now gathering together, and now scattering. Hence the name Cloud Nest.Entrance Fee: CNY 140 (the through ticket of Mount Wuyi)

Opening Hours: 07:30-17:30
How to get there: take Buses No. 5 or 6 from the downtown area to the Wuyishan Scenic Area

Tianyou Peak
Tianyou Peak

No. 03: One Line Sky (一线天)
One Line Sky, also called Lingyan, is located at the southwestern of Mount Wuyi. One Line Sky scenic area is a magical cave of Wuyi Mountain. Covering an area of 16 square kilometers , this area is famous for the linear view of the sky. Visitors can get at the bottom of the valley. Main scenic spots includes the Ling Cave, the Wind Cave , the Fuxi Cave, and the One-Line-Sky view.

The Blue Rock and the Pavilion Rock opposite the three caves are also noted for its rugged beauty and steepness and diversified recession structures. The hottest time to visit One Line Sky Scenic Area is from April to October.

Entrance Fee: CNY 140 (the through ticket of Mount Wuyi)
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: take Bus No. 5 from the downtown area to Shang Pu Nan Ru Kou Station, then transfer to a Tourist Bus to the One Line Sky

One Line Sky
One Line Sky

No. 04: Wuyi Palace (武夷宫)
The Wuyi Palace is the oldest palace in the Wuyishan which is situated at the foot of the Great King Peak. 

The Wuyi Palace was first built in the Tianbao years (742-755 AD) of the Tang Dynasty and expanded to include more than 300 halls in the Song Dynasty.In mid autumn every year, sacrificial activities would be held in honor of Lord Wuyi and the Venerable Royal Lady.Currently, two dragon wells, the Wannian Palace and the Sanqing Hall are kept intact.

Entrance Fee: CNY 140 (the through ticket of Mount Wuyi)

Opening Hours: 07:30-17:30

How to get there: take Buses No. 5 or 6 from the downtown area to the Wuyishan Scenic Area, then get on the Tourist Bus to the Wuyi Palace

Wuyi Palace
Wuyi Palace

No. 05: The Roaring Tiger Scenic Area (虎啸岩)
Being one of the 36 most famous mountain peaks in Mt. Wuyi, the Roaring Tiger Peak is very steep and detached from other peaks around. Not only is the mountain in the shape of roaring tiger but also sounds resembling tigers roars can be heard every time the wind sweeps through the pine forest.

Hence this beautiful alpine name. The Roaring Tiger area, for all intents and purposes, is divided into small units by the rock, similar to perambulating tour routine. The routine generally circle the Roaring Tiger peak with beautiful scenes feasting your eyes one after another.

Entrance Fee: CNY 140 (the through ticket of Wuyishan)
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 5 or 6 from the downtown area to get there

The Roaring Tiger Scenic Area
The Roaring Tiger Scenic Area


No. 06: Water Curtain Cave (水帘洞)
Located in the north side of Zhangtang Brook, the Water Curtain Cave is the biggest rock cave and one of the famous seventy-two caves in the Mount Wuyi Scenic Area.

The Water Curtain Cave is formed due to the subsidence of the relatively soft rock strata of the horizontal rock strata as a result of flowing water erosion. The whole area of the cave is about 100 square meters.

Thus, unlike limestone caves, the Water Curtain Cave is spacious enough and can accommodate about one thousand people. Looking through luminous crystal and pearl-like water curtain, you can enjoy the great view of tea garden which is in the bonsai style of Wuyishan.

Entrance Fee: CNY 140 (the through ticket of Mount Wuyi)
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00

How to get there: take Buses No. 5 or 6 from the downtown area to get the Water Curtain Cave

Water Curtain Cave
Water Curtain Cave

No. 07: Dahongpao Scenic Area ( 大红袍景区)
Dahongpao Scenic Area (Big Red Robe) is famed for the six  350-year-old “Dahongpao” female trees. This is an absolute must. It is home of many well-known teas, Take an example of Dahongpao.

Dahongpao Tea, also known as the Emperor of Tea, is a lightly fermented oolong. It only grows around the Wuyishan rocks. It originated from wild rare tea plants that were found growing on the cliff of Wuyi Mountain.

Entrance Fee: CNY 140 (the through ticket of Mount Wuyi)
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 5 or 6 from the downtown area

Dahongpao Scenic Area
Dahongpao Scenic Area

No. 08: Xiamei Village (武夷山下梅古民居 )
Xiamei Village is located about 10km east of Mount Wuyi National Resort and 8km southeast of Wuyishan City.  At the time of my writing, there are no shuttle buses connecting Xiamei Village to Wuyi Mountains National Resort or Wuyishan City. You may take a local taxi or minivan around RMB 30. You’d ask your taxi driver to wait for you on the return trip to your hotel since there is no public transport in the village.

You need to pay RMB 60 to visit the village as kinda of fund to support the village. Most of the young people have left from the village for bigger cities. We don’t know how long the ancient village can sustain. A Chinese speaking tour guide will be offered to show you around in case you are lost in the maze of the village.

Xiamei Village is well known for its vernacular Ming and Qing Dwellings featuring exquisite brick, stone and wood carvings. A 900 meters long man made river winds cross the village from west to east, making a landscape of water and village in southern China.

No. 09: The Longchuan Grand Canyon (龙川大峡谷)
The Longchuan Grand Canyon is 21 kilometers away from the Mt. Wuyi tour area and 18 kilometers from the core area of the Mount Wuyi preserve.

The moment you step into this canyon world, you enter a realm of gardens and waterfalls. Ancient trees with giant vines entwined thrusts into the sky. Elegant water fountains runs along the rugged surface of the mountains.Silvery water curtains bounce off the mountain just to reflect the colorful sunshine. All makes you feel you have entered a fairy land. You can go there any time of the year.

Entrance Fee: CNY 40
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 5 or 6 from the downtown area to get there

 Longchuan Grand Canyon
Longchuan Grand Canyon

No. 10: Qinglong Waterfall (青龙峡)
The Qinglong waterfall, or Green Dragon waterfall, is located on the west of the Grand Canyon ecology park in Mount Wuyi. Qinglong waterfall is known as the No. 1 Waterfall in East China.

The 40-meter-wide Qinglong Waterfall at Tianzidi that cascades downhill from a height of 120 meters. The big waterfall flows swiftly and directly to the bottom of the canyon. The length is more than 200 meters; the fall is more than 120 meters. When you see the Qinglong waterfall, you will be unable to resist its natural charm. The best time for traveling Qinglong Waterfall is June to September.

Entrance Fee: CNY 40
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
How to get there: You can rent a car with other tourists, the fee of a car with 7 seats is about 200 yuan.

Qinglong Waterfall
Qinglong Waterfall

Tip:  Hassle-free Wuyishan Guided Tours
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

4 thoughts on “Top 10 Attractions in Wuyishan

  1. I’m living in Munich, Germany. I’m keenly interested in visiting Wuyishan. Which one ist the nearest international destination airport to this region in China.
    Please let me know what are the best approach means of transportation to these places?
    I’m also interested in visiting some Buddhistic temples in the mountains of this district. Which scenic and historical spots do you recommend me to visit in general if I stay there for 7 – 10 days in the time period of June 3rd – 18th 2017? I will much welcome your practical proposals.

    Best regards,

    K. Kawazu

  2. (Second reply)

    Hi Kunihiro Kawazu (second reply)

    Thanks for your inquiry!

    1. Nearest International Airport
    The nearest international airport is the city of Guangzhou (Canton). Guangzhou has many flights connecting Europe. Then take an domestic flight from Guangzhou to Wuyishan.

    Wuyishan airport

    2. When you arrive at Wuyishan Airport, go to the Wuyishan National Tourist Holiday Resort.

    Wuyishan National Tourist Holiday Resort ( Wuyishan Scenic Area )

    Within the resort ( Wuyishang Scenic Area), they have shuttle buses taking you to the major attractions. So you will buy the entrance ticket as well as the tickets for the shuttle buses.

    Basically, you don’t have to worry about the transport within Wuyishan Scenic Area and everything is arranged.

    3. After Wuyishan, you may take flight for Xiamen, a beautiful coastal city.

    Top 10 attractions in Xiamen

    4. From Xiamen, I suggest you hire a car to visit the nearby Tulou. Tulou refers to the vernacular dwellings mainly inhabited by the Hakka People in the mountainous areas in the southwest Fujian Province of China. The Tulou are earthen houses, providing communal housing and reinforcing the structure of clans. If you visit Xiamen, Longyan in Fujian or Meizhou in Guangzhou, it is very convenient for you to make a side trip to the Tulou Sites. In July, 2008, Fujian Tulou were listed as World Cultural Heritage. A total of 46 Fujian Tulou sites including the major sites as Hongkeng Tulou Cluster, Gaobei Tulou Cluster, Chuxi Tulou Cluster, Nanxi Tulou Cluster and Nanjing Tulou Cluster.

    Check out:

    See some of my travel blogs about Tulou:

    Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster

    Chengqilou, Gaobei Tulou Cluster

    Zhengchenglou, Hongkeng Tulou Cluster

    Jiqinglou, Chuxi Tulou Cluster ( My favorite!!)

    Have a nice time in China!

  3. Is it possiboe to do the wuyishan tour in 2 days only? i plan to visit xiamen next week and only have limited time to visit Wuyishan. If possible, hgow to do it? and how much?
    Thank you

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