Mount Wuyi is one of the major attractions in China’s Fujian Province. Designated as a Scenic Area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the mountain boasts both cultural and natural riches. The area is renowned as a sanctuary for an extensive array of plant and animal species, many of them endemic to China. The region is called a ‘Natural Arboretum’ due to its unsullied stretches of forest and serene beauty. The scenic area includes Mount Longjing, the Wuyi Canyon and the Xiamei Folk Buildings.
The visitor will first encounter the Wuyi Canyon, where you may take a boat ride to drift across the waters. The canyon is 14 kilometres in extent with a total drop of 150 metres across its length; tourists can drift along the water for a distance of no less than 6 kilometres. Visitors can view the lush vegetation on the nearby mountains and the myriad of fish varieties swimming in the stream.
Meanwhile Mount Longjing is noted for its agreeable climate, cool during winter and warm in the summer. The visitor will see rare species of wildlife amongst the verdant environment with its flourishing vegetation and blooming wild flowers. A major attraction here is the historically significant Qiyu Hall, which since the time of the Song Dynasty was used as a shrine where local residents would pray for the life-giving rain and other blessings from the deities. Due to its pleasantly tranquil nature Mount Longjing is a popular site for outdoor activities and relaxation.
The area’s Nine-bend River offers many points of interest where visitors may spend leisure hours. Not to be missed is the scenic Da Hong Pao Valley which produces the finest tea in the region. Other sites of interest include the Horse Head Rock, Tiger Roaring Rock and Heavenly Tour Peak, all of which are picturesque locations providing breathtaking views of the local scenery.
Apart from the area’s natural attractions, the Xiamei Folk Buildings are worth a visit as they project a true ambience of the lifestyle of residents during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.