Destination: Mount Wuyi (Fujian Province)
UNESCO Heritage Sight
There are a total of 41 UNESCO Heritage Sites in China. U China Travel offers trips to a large handful of these memorable destinations including: The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, Mt. Huangshan, West Lake, and the Ancient City of Ping Yao.
Which one is the best?
Well that depends largely on who you are and what you are about. That’s why we at U China Travel place such emphasis on your ability to completely customize your travel itinerary.
In order to educate our readers and potential guests about which place is the perfect fit for their travel wants and needs, we will be launching a series of Destination Features on the U China Travel Blog which will provide insight and information about many of our exciting destinations.
Now we will discuss one of our favorite UNESCO Heritage Sites in China – Mount Wuyi.
In the north of Fujian Province in the Nanping prefecture, you will find one of the most outstanding areas for biodiversity conservation in all of Southeast China. Over the years, the Wuyi Mountains and the surrounding area has experienced high volcanic activity. Large fault structures formed as a result of the volcanic activity and subsequent weathering and eroding has produced remarkable jagged cliffs from hills made of red sandstone and volcanic rock.
This relatively pollution free area is full of Chinese subtropical forests and home to some rare endangered species including the South China Tiger, the Clouded Leopard, the Chinese Black-Backed Phaesant, and the Giant Salamander.
A highlight of your visit to Mount Wuyi will be a relaxing yet breathtaking raft ride down “Nine Bend River.” This is a unique way to witness the natural splendor of Wuyi’s landscape.
There are numerous temples and monasteries - many of which are now in ruin or partial ruin – that line the area around the Nine Bend River and make for some pretty interesting exploration opportunities.
Aside from remarkable biodiversity, Wuyi is best known for tea production. Da Hong Pao, or “Big Red Robe,” is the most famous tea in the region and is harvested in Wuyi for distribution all over China and beyond. Wuyi tea is known for being predominately oolong and a tea as fine as Da Hong Pao is typically reserved for honored guests due to its high quality.
More on Mount Wuyi:
- Conde Nast Traveler Editor Letter: April 2013
- 20 China Travel Tips (CNN TRAVEL)
- News & Headlines: China Launches World’s Largest High-Speed Rail Line
- Forbidden City and Mutianyu Great Wall in Snow, Dec 2012
- Beijing Attraction: Huanghua Great Wall (Gallery)
- News & Headlines: Leadership Transition, Wen in Cambodia, Fake Wine, and Land Rovers