Wuyi Mountain, or Wuyishan, is a famous scenic tourist area and summer resort in China. It is located at the junction of Jiangxi and the northwestern provinces of Fujian. The northern section of the Wuyi Mountains has a total area of 999.75 square kilometers. It is a typical Danxia landform with its tallest peak being Mt. Huangguang at 2,158 meters (7,080 feet) and is one of the first national key scenic spots.
Wuyi Mountain is a famous mountain of three religions. Since the Qin and Han Dynasties, Wuyi Mountain has been home to Zen Buddhists, Taoists, and Confucian scholars. The area is rich with ancient culture, temples, and shrines.
The mountains area is also very famous for its high-quality tea production producing some of China’s most prized teas.
Tianyou Peak (天游峰) – Reached by 800+ steps, Tianyou Peak has an elevation of 408m and a relative height of 215m. It is a rock ridge extending from north to south. It is connected to the Xianyou Rock in the east, the Xianzhang Peak in the west. It offers spectacular views and is known as the Heavenly Tour.
A Thread of Sky (一线天) – an enormous rock with a crack that provides and thread-like view of the sky and wide enough to walk through.
Roaring Tiger Rock (虎啸岩) – a 400m zig-zagging uphill path leads to a viewing platform and sacred cave plus there is also a large Guanyin statue carved into the mountainside seen on the downward path.
Water Curtain Cave (水帘洞) – it is the most famous of the 72 caves on the mountain and features a two-pronged waterfall that provides a curtain. Note the waterfall is not strong and usually only flows after rain. Regardless it is a scenic area with many rock carvings.
Wuyishan Palace (武夷宫) – Wuyi Palace was built in the Tang Tianbao period (742-755), is the oldest palace in Wuyi Mountain.
Nine Bend Stream (九曲溪) – the main mountain river which bends its way for some 63 km.
Bamboo Rafting/Drifting (九曲溪漂流) – extra ticket required, see visiting section. One of the most popular attractions and often the busiest. A bamboo raft will take you along the river for an almost 2hr journey ending at Wuyi Palace.
Dahongpao Scenic Area (大红袍景区) – the area is home to the famous and rare Dahonpao tea tree which makes the worlds most expensive tea (more expensive than gold!) there is also the pottery kiln, natural scenery, and Tianxin Yongle Temple.
Impression Dahongpao (印象大红袍) – staged on a 360-degree rotating auditorium with 15 different scenes and a cast of over 100, it is a brightly light highly visual 90-minute performance that reflects the essence of the area. Even with foreigners, it is surprisingly popular as it should be being directed by the famed Zhang Yimou.
- Chinese name: 武夷山
- UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site listed in 1999
- National 5A attraction
- Location: Nanping, Fujian bordering with Jiangxi
- Open hours: May to Oct – 6:30 to 18:00; Nov. to Apr. – 7:00 to 17:30
- Tickets: One day-140 RMB plus bus ticket-75 RMB; Two days-150 RMB plus bus ticket-85 RMB; Three days-160 RMB plus bus ticket-95 RMB
One day and even two days are barely enough. It is suggested to get the all-inclusive 3-day ticket which includes Adult three-day ticket + sightseeing car + Jiuquxi drifting + Impression Dahongpao (performance show). These can be purchased online from around 540 RMB. If you want to skip on the drifting and performance, ticket prices come down to 225 RMB.
Once on the mountain the sightseeing bus, included in your ticket, can take you around the main attractions noting that there is still a lot of walking involved. For Tianyou Peak, there are some 848 steps (50 mins) to the peak. Most other attractions are easy walking.
Food, snacks, and water are plentiful but you still take your own water bottle and of course tissues. There are toilets throughout.
Here is a link to the Baidu map of the Wuyi Mountain area which, while in Chinese, is useful as it shows trails and icons for POI’s inc. toilets.
The four seasons of Wuyi Mountain are distinctly located in the mid-subtropical zone. The temperature in the Wuyi Mountain is relatively uniform, mild and humid. The annual average temperature is about 12 °C ~ 13 °C, the average temperature in January is about 3 °C, the extreme minimum temperature is -15 °C, and the average temperature in July is 23 °C. ~24 ° C; annual precipitation is more than 2000 mm. The annual relative humidity is as high as 85%, and the foggy day is over 100 days.
Local Specialties – Wuyi Teas
Da Hong Pao – 大红袍 – it is one of China’s ten famous teas and is also listed as intangible cultural heritage. The tree grows only in the cracks of rocks in a specific area of the mountain and has the fragrance of green tea and the sweetness of black tea. It is the best in Chinese oolong tea.
Jin Junmei – 金骏眉 – a modern high-end black tea developed on the basis of the traditional techniques of Xiaoshan black tea of Wuyi Mountain.
Lapsang souchong – 正山小種 – a unique smoke-dried black tea that is recorded as the first black tea in history
Staying at Wuyi Mountain Scenic Resort
Lucky Garden Holiday Smart Hotel – Located in the resort area at the foot of the mountain, the five-star hotel features a restaurant, large rooms and is a short walk from the mountain entrance. The hotel also offers a free shuttle service and have English speaking staff.
From any major city by High Speed Rail there are two train stations
- Wuyishan North Railway Station (武夷山北站)
- Wuyishan East Railway Station (武夷山东站)
From either station, there are direct buses that head to the resort area.