Dajin Lake

Dajin (The Golden Lake ) is a part of Taining Global Geopark. It has very good examples of “young” danxia landforms. Dan in Chinese stands for red and xia for cloudy, danxia landform refers to various landscapes found in southeast, southwest and northwest China. Is formed from red-coloured sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. In Taining Globa Geopark we can also find many granites, canyons, and lakes. The biggest attractions are (The Golden Lake) Dajin, Shangqing River, Zhaixia Canyon, Jinnao Mountain, Jiulong Lake, Zhuangyuan Rock, Taining Ancient Town, Eight Immortals Cliff

Location

Taining country (Sanming)

How to get there?

You can go by train from Sanming to Taining. It takes only 33 minutes and it costs around 27 Y. Trains to Taining run frequently almost every hour. The train station is outside the city, you can take a bus number 5 to go to the center of Taining, next we can take a taxi to go to Dajin Lake.

Attractions

Dajin is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Sanming and it attracts many tourists every year. The level of water changes during the year so it looks quite different during the high flow during winter and low flow in summer. The trip is pleasant and refreshing.

There are four major scenic spots in Golden Lake Tourist Area, namely Ganlu Rock Temple (photo number 2), Mao’er Mountain, Meikou Quiet Lake and Yikou Quiet Lake.

Jinnao Mountain

Jinanao Mountain is a part of Taining Global Geopark. It has very good examples of “young” danxia landforms. Dan in chinese stands for red and xia for cloudy, danxia landform refers to various landscapes found in southeast, southwest and northwest China. Is formed from red-coloured sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. In Taining Globa Geopark we can also find many granites, canyons, and lakes. The biggest attractions are (The Golden Lake) Dajin, Shangqing River, Zhaixia Canyon, Jinnao Mountain, Jiulong Lake, Zhuangyuan Rock, Taining Ancient Town, Eight Immortals Cliff.

Location

Jianning county (Sanming).

How to get there?

You can go by train from Sanming to Jianning. It takes only 48 minutes and it costs around 35 Y. Trains to Taining run frequently almost every hour. The train station is outside the city, we can take a bus to go to the center of Jianning, next you can take a taxi to go to Jianning Mountain.

Attractions

First part of the visit is taking a bus to the chairlift.

Next you take a chairlift. It will take around 20 minutes on the chairlift till we reach the top of the mountain. Next you start hiking. If you visit Jinnano in summer you should take water and sun protection cream because there is no shadow and you are going to walk more than one hour. In China many people use a special umbrella that protects them from the sun’s rays. After walking you go back by chairlift and you take a bus to the entrance. After hiking I recommend visiting Baoguo Temple which is not far away from Jinnao Mountain. (photos 7 and 8)

Jiulong Lake

Jiulong (Nine-Dragon Lake) is a part of Taining Global Geopark. It has very good examples of “young” danxia landforms. Dan in Chinese stands for red and xia for cloudy, danxia landform refers to various landscapes found in southeast, southwest and northwest China. Is formed from red-coloured sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. In Taining Globa Geopark we can also find many granites, canyons, and lakes. The biggest attractions are (The Golden Lake) Dajin, Shangqing River, Zhaixia Canyon, Jinnao Mountain, Jiulong Lake, Zhuangyuan Rock, Taining Ancient Town, Eight Immortals Cliff

Location

Taining county (Sanming).

How to get there?

You can go by train from Sanming to Taining. It takes only 33 minutes and it costs around 27 Y. Trains to Taining run frequently almost every hour. The train station is outside the city, you can take a bus number 5 to go to the center of Taining, next you can take a taxi to go to Jiulong Lake.

Attractions

Visiting Jiulong you have two options. You can go hiking around the lake or you can choose the special kind of rafting (main photo) Both options are good but if you also are going to visit Shangqing River maybe it is better to have a walk in Jiulong, this way you will enjoy all the attractions. If you visit Jiulong in summer you should take water and sun protection cream.

RUIYUNSHAN

Shan means mountain. Ruiyun Mountain

Location

Sanming

How to get there?

You can go there by bys number 16 from the center of Sanming. It takes around one hour and costs 2 Y. There is only one bus every 30 minutes and the last return bus passes before 5 pm. You can also go by taxi. It is only 15 minutes and costs around 30 Y. It can be difficult to find a taxi on the way back so we should order it by the special application or take a phone number from the taxi driver going to the mountain.

Attractions

Ruiyunshan is not far away from the center of Sanming that’s why many people from Sanming visit it during holidays or weekends. Many students organize barbeque or birthday parties there, families have a walk a rent a bike, groups of friends play cards or Chinese chess. Couples choose RuiyunShan for wedding photos so if you are lucky you can see beautiful traditional red dresses or white modern ones.

There are many attractions so you should take a photo of the map at the beginning to not get lost. There are two temples. One is very small the other is under a big rock. If you speak Chinese or travel with a translator you can ask for our future. There are many ways to predict future in Chinese temples. Sometimes they use small bamboo sticks with numbers, they give us a cup full of sticks you have to move it and the first bamboo stick that will fall down will be the answer to your question.

There is a beautiful, big rock on the top of the mountain.

Shangqing River

Shangqing River is a part of Taining Global Geopark. It has very good examples of “young” danxia landforms. Dan in Chinese stands for red and xia for cloudy, danxia landform refers to various landscapes found in southeast, southwest and northwest China. Is formed from red-coloured sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. In Taining Globa Geopark we can also find many granites, canyons, and lakes. The biggest attractions are (The Golden Lake) Dajin, Shangqing River, Zhaixia Canyon, Jinnao Mountain, Jiulong Lake, Zhuangyuan Rock, Taining Ancient Town, Eight Immortals Cliff

Location

Taining county (Sanming).

How to get there?

You can go by train from Sanming to Taining. It takes only 33 minutes and it costs around 27 Y. Trains to Taining run frequently almost every hour. The train station is outside the city, you can take a bus number 5 to go to the center of Taining, next you can take a taxi to go to Shangqing. River

Attractions

There is a small restaurant at the entrance which serves different kinds of tofu. You can also observe and learn the way they prepare tofu.

Next you go to the river and start the rafting which takes around one and half an hours. The guides tell you stories about the area, show you interesting rocks sometimes even sing traditional songs. It is really pleasant especially in summer when temperature is very high.

After rafting you can visit the museum which is not far away from the river (photos & and )

Zhaixia Canyon

Zhaixia Canyon is a part of Taining Global Geopark. It has very good examples of “young” danxia landforms. Dan in chinese stands for red and xia for cloudy, danxia landform refers to various landscapes found in southeast, southwest and northwest China. Is formed from red-coloured sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. In Taining Globa Geopark you can also find many granites, canyons, and lakes. The biggest attractions are (The Golden Lake) Dajin, Shangqing River, Zhaixia Canyon, Jinnao Mountain, Jiulong Lake, Zhuangyuan Rock, Taining Ancient Town, Eight Immortals Cliff

Location

Taining county (Sanming).

How to get there?

You can go by train from Sanming to Taining. It takes only 33 minutes and it costs around 27 Y. Trains to Taining run frequently almost every hour. The train station is outside the city, you can take a bus number 5 to go to the center of Taining, next you can take a taxi to go to Zhaixia Canyon.

Attractions

The first attraction is a bamboo forest at the beginning of the walk to the top of the mountain. Depending on the season sometimes you can observe bamboo shoots which are an important element in Chinese cuisine. There are many dishes based on bamboo shoots. Bamboo is also widely applied in many areas in everyday life such as construction, medicine or design. There are bamboo tissues, bamboo plates or bamboo keyboard.

Walking in the bamboo forest you start observing the typical rocks of Danxia landscape. Passing the forest you start going up to the mountain. There’s a beautiful lake on our way. It is a perfect place for having a short rest and trying a typical for Taining county, sesame beverage.

Before going out of the Zhaixia Canyon you can see two beautiful waterfalls and a small temple placed a little bit away from the main tourist path.

There are many eagles in Zhaixia Canyon. They have nests in the small caves of Danxia’s rocks.

After visiting the canyon you can come back to Taining and have a walk in the center of the city and visit “Taining Ancient Village” (photos 7 and 8)

Taoyuan

 

Location

Located in the north of Yong’an city

How to get there?

By bus from Sanming or Yong’an.

Attractions

There are many attractions in Taoyuan Cave Scenic Area, for example the crevice we can se on the first and the second photo. The narrowest part is only 0,4 m and the widest 1,2 m.

There are many observation points where we can see majestic mountains and beautiful Shaxi River