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Wuyishan State Key Area of Scenic Spots and Historical Sites

The Wuyishan State Key Area of Scenic Spots and Historical Sites is located in the south of Wuyishan City, with an area of 70 sq km. With typical red landforms, it is well-known for its "bluish-green waters and red mountains". Hence the saying, "the best scenery in Southeast China". The area boasts its unique and weird landforms, delicate scenery, nine "green waters" and 36 towering peaks. Thanks to the superlative craftsmanship of Nature,
Wuyishan State Key Area of Scenic Spots and Historical Sites

Wuyi Mountains attract tourists with its elegant waters, typical red landforms, 36 charming peaks, 72 caves, 99 weird rocks and 108 other scenic spots. The mountains are full of life all the year round, with birds singing and flowers giving forth their fragrance by the streams, plus old pine trees, green bamboo and camellias in full bloom. The scenery of the mountains is changeable during the different times of the day, and presents different pictures when the weather changes. The Nine Bend Stream running in the mountains sets off the high peaks well. Other scenic spots include the King Peak, Jade Girl Peak, Tianyou Peak, Yinping Peak, Lesser Land of Peach Blossoms, Water Curtain Cave, Eagle Beak Rock, Liuxiang Ravine, One Line Sky and Huxiao Rock, as well as the boat-shaped coffins suspended from cliffs, the kiln site at Yulin Pavilion and cliff carvings, all of which make visitors gasp in admiration.

The Wuyi Palace-King Peak Scenic Area Wuyishan

The Wuyi Palace-King Peak Scenic Area
The Wuyi Palace-King Peak Scenic Area has an area of 3.5 sq km, including the following tourist attractions: Wuyi Palace, King Peak, Manting Peak, Sangu Rock, Three Purity Hall, Zhu Xi's Memorial Hall, Wanchun Garden and Song Dynasty Street.
The place in front of the Wuyi Palace and near the outlet of the Nine Bend Stream is where emperors used to offer sacrifices to Lord Wuyi. The Wuyi Palace is one of the six famous Taoist temples in China.

Some ancient scholars, such as Xin Qiji, Lu You and Zhu Xi, once served as supervisors here.
The King Peak towers like a huge pillar supporting Heaven. The peak is surrounded by sheer precipices and overhanging rocks. There is only one path, from the south, leading to the top of the peak.

The Heaven Hearts-Tianyou Scenic Area

With an area of 4.5 sq km, this scenic spot includes Nine Dragon Cave, Red Robe Tea Tree and Tianxin Yongle Buddhist Temple. It is a place sacred to Buddhism.
The Red Robe Tea Tree, known as the "King of Tea Trees", stands at the foot of Nine Dragon Rock, There is water dripping down all the year round from a long and narrow crack in the rocks on both sides of the tree. The adequate sunshine and small temperature changes year round enable the tree to produce high quality tea with a unique flavor.

The Heaven Hearts-Tianyou Scenic Area
The Water Curtain Cave-Bishi Pock Scenic Area

The Water Curtain Cave-Bishi Pock Scenic Area

Covering 17 sq km, the area embraces the following scenic spots: Water Curtain Cave, Eagle Beak Rock, Pavilions Hanging in The Air, Liuxiang Ravine, Green Lion Rock, Lotus Flower Peak and Bishi Rock. This ravine is just like a landscape corridor where everything is pure and fresh.

The Water Curtain Cave is the largest rock cavern in Wuyi Mountains, with a slanting top, like upturned eaves. Two streams run down from the top of the cave. Often, the flowing stream water is cut into numerous drops of water by the wind, now moving to the east, now to the west, now getting together, now scattering, and thus forming a moving water curtain.

Wuyishan State Key Nature Reserve

The Wuyishan State Key Nature Reserve is located in the northern part of Wuyi Mountains, with an area of 56,000 hectares. Huanggang Mountain, its main peak, is 2,158m above sea level, making it the highest peak in Southeast China. Some 98.3 percent of the reserve is covered by forests. It is the largest and best-preserved sub-tropical forest ecological system in the southeastern part of China. It is home to 2,466 higher plant species,
Wuyishan State Key Nature Reserve

840 lower plant species; 475 vertebrate species and 4,557 insects of 31 orders. Its abundant animal and plant resources make the Wuyishan Nature Reserve a "Green Kingdom" and a "World Biological Window". It is also known as a "Paradise of Birds", a "Asian Center for the Study of Amphibious Animals and Reptiles". It is a rare natural legacy of mankind, and an ideal place for ecological tour. In 1979, it was listed as a state key nature reserve by the State Council. In 1987, it was listed as a world biosphere protection area by the United Nations, and in 1992, as a global diversification protection area, also by the United Nations.

The Nine Bend Stream

The Nine Bend Stream
The Nine Bend Stream valley covers 8.5 sq km, with a total length of 9.5km. It takes two hours to tour the valley. The stream water is so clear that you can see the stones at the bottom. The clear stream forms a delightful contrast with the red mountains, with each bend having its own unique landscape. On both sides of the Nine Bend Stream stand grotesque rocks.

Along the winding stream, there are both shoals and deep pools. Visitors may enjoy themselves in the Wuyishan Scenic Area by taking a boat tour, appreciating the mountains in the distance and visiting caves. Floating on a bamboo raft along the stream, you may raise your head to appreciate the towering mountains, and lower it to listen to the flowing water, and touch it with your hands.

The One Line Sky-Huxiao Rock Scenic Area

Covering 17 sq. km, the One Line Sky-Huxiao Rock Scenic Area includes the following scenic spots: One Line Sky, Sanji Peak, Lounge Rock, Lingxiao Peak, Sancai Peak and Huxiao Rock.

Huxiao Rock rises straight from the ground, imposing and powerful. In the middle of the rock there is a huge cave. When the wind blows through it, it makes a sound like a tiger roaring.

The One Line Sky-Huxiao Rock Scenic Area

From the summit there is a panorama of a forest of peaks and floating white clouds. It is one of the major scenic spots of Wuyishan City.
A tow erring crag cuts across the mountain valley. There is a crack in middle of the crag, as if it had been cut by an ax. Looking through the crack, you will only see a thin line of sky. Hence the name One Line Sky. It is the longest, narrowest, and highest view of the sky in China.

The Cloud Nest-Tianyou Scenic Area

The Cloud Nest-Tianyou Scenic Area
With an area of four sq km, this scenic area includes Tianyou Peak; Tea Cave, Yuhua Peak, Cloud Nest, Snowflake Spring, Immortal Bathing Pond, Huma Ravine and Yilan Pavilion. The towering peaks are of ten enshrouded in clouds and mist. From the summits of the peaks there is a grand panorama of the Nine Bend Stream. Lying at the foot of Jiesun Peak, Cloud Nest is surrounded by some famous rocks, such as Whistling Rock and Red Stove Rock,

and faces a stream. 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.
Tianyou Peak is located in the center of the Wuyishan Scenic Area. It is much taller than the other peaks. From the summit you can see an array of green peaks and the Nine Bend Stream winding among the mountains.

The Peach Blossom Cave-Three Yang Peak Scenic Area

Covering 5.5 sq km, this scenic area mainly consists of Peach Blossom Cave, Drum tower Rock, Kaiyuan Hall, Beilang Rock, Three Layer Peak, Three Yang Peak, and other scenic spots. With secluded ravines and mysterious caves, this scenic area is just like a fictitious land of peace, away from the turmoil of the world.
Also known as the Lesser Land of Peach Blossoms, the Peach Blossom Cave, which is surrounded by mountains on all four sides,is quiet, secluded and elegant, with green bamboo and peach or chards. Its scenery is just like that of the legendary Peach Blossom Land, hence the name. Through a small cave hidden among rocks, you enter a stone gateway to a wonderful land where you can see high mountains,
The Peach Blossom Cave-Three Yang Peak Scenic Area

a vast expanse of fields, neat cottages, peach orchards, stone pools, bamboo groves and gurgling springs.
Three Yang Peak is the highest part of the Wuyishan Scenic Area, with an elevation of 717.7m. All three peaks face the east. The tallest is called Greater Yang Peak; the second, Middle Yang Peak; and the lowest, Lesser Yang Peak. The three peaks are just like three huge rocks penetrating the clouds, or three flags fluttering in the wind, or three steeds galloping in the air.

Ancient Chengcun City of the Han Dynasty

Ancient Chengcun City of the Han Dynasty
Chengcun City, also known as "Ancient Yue City", is located 27km from the Wuyishan Scenic Area. With an area of 480,000 sq m, it is the best preserved city of the Han Dynasty in South China. The center of the ancient city was a quadrangle-type complex, typical of the imperial palaces of the Qin and Han dynasties. Alarge number of cultural relies have been excavated from the site, such as hollow bricks, tiles, potteries, iron and bronze tools and weapons, indicating cultural exchanges between the people of what is now Fujian Province and those of central China in the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C-A.D.25)
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