Attractions

Lingtai Buddha

Longyan Yongding

Qingshui

Guifeng

Location

Guifeng is located in Youxi, one of the 9 counties of Sanming.

How to get there?

Traveling by yourself without a car can be quite difficult.

Guifeng is quite far away from Youxi so taking a taxi from Youxi could be difficult and expensive. You can take a bus from Youxi to Yangzhong but there areno buses to Guifeng.  It is 15 kilometers from Yangzhong to Guifengso so hiking to the top of the mountain could take us a lot of time. There are no taxi in Yangzhong so the only option is to find a private driver.

Because of this complexity many people choose to look for a travel agency in Youxi and take a part in one of the tours that include visiting Guifeng.

Attractions

The Ancient Guifeng Village is quite small but very unique. We can easily fall in love with the picturesque scenery and traditional architecture. Guifeng Village is in a semi-alpine valley with an altitude of 550 meters. In January 2003, it was recognized as a “famous historical and cultural village” by Fujian Provincial People’s Government. The local government is taking care of all the details to convert this village into an important tourist attraction. All the information boards are written in Chinese as well as English. There are not many people living in Guifeng, mostly they are old farmers.

Gulangyu

Gulangyu, also known as “the piano island”, is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO.

Location

Gulangyu is part of Xiamen

How to get there?

Visitors can reach Gulangyu by ferry from the ferry terminal in Xiamen. Local people can use a less expensive and shorter 5-minute ferry. Tourists must take a 20-minute ferry ride from the Dongdu International Cruise Terminal to either Nei Cuo Ao or Kulangsu Town. You can observe a beautiful panorama of Xiamen from the ferry.

Attractions

Gulanyu is the biggest attraction in Xiamen so if you travel during national holidays you should go to the ferry departure point very early because it will be full of people.

The island is very small, and there are no motorized vehicles allowed, so it is nice to have a walk and let yourself enjoy the island. You can take the longer scenic route  along the seaside or you can walk through the center to see all the bars and suvenirs shops.

You can buy some fruit from local people and have a rest on the beach enjoying the sun and the nice view. Gulangyu is also a perfect place for wedding photos so if we are lucky we can see traditional red dresses or modern one that are white.

There are many attractions you should visit on the island for example Sunlight Rock (60Y), Shuzhuang Garden (30Y), or The Piano Museum (20Y). You can also buy one ticket which includes entrence to all the attractions (80Y).

Lingtai Buddha

Lingtai Buddha is on the top of Lingtai Mountain.

Location

Lingtai, Qingliu, Sanming

How to get there?

By fast train to Sanming, by bus to Qingliu and later by taxi to the mountain.

Attractions

The official name is Ding Guang Great Buddha. It was built in 2007. The whole statue is 45 meters 99 centimeters tall. The base is 9 meters and the sitting Buddha is 36 meters and 99 centimeters tall.

The Lingtai Mountain is a nice place to have a walk and have a look at the beautiful panorama. It has also a small temple. The monk who lives there is very skilled in calligraphy.

 

Longyan Yongding

Longyan Yongding

Location

Yongding, Longyan

How to get there?

By fast train to Longyan, by bus to Yongding.

Attractions

Tulou are a  typical representation of Hakka’s architecture which you can find in a Fujian province. Mostly they are round with one main gate and the diameter of 70-80 centimeters. The literal meaning of tulou is earthen structure. They were used as a residence by a group of families. The rooms on the first floor were used as dining rooms and kitchen, second floor was mostly used as a storage space and the last floor as a dormitory.

Nowadays we can still visit tulou. The most famous one in Fujian Province is the one placed in Yongding, listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO list in 2008

 

Qingshui

Location Qingshui is under the administration of Yon’an City.

How to get there? You can go there by bus from Yong’an city. There are many buses during the day. The first one is around 7:30. It takes 1,5 hour to get there and the price of one way ticket is less than 20 Y

Attractions There are 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by the People’s Republic of China. The largest ethnic group, 91%, is formed by Han people. The rest of the groups are called minority ethnic groups. The largest ethnic minority group in Fujian Province is She and Qingshui is She nationality township. There are 21 villages with a total area of 260.7 square kilometers and a total population of 189000, among which there are nine administrative villages for ethnic minorities, and more than 6500 people, 34,6%, of the She nationality. The best time to visit Qingshui and learn more about She culture is san yue san festival which is celebrated on the third day of the third lunar month in the traditional Chinese calendar. Qingshui is a perfect place to have a walk and enjoy a beautiful countryside scenery. It is called summer paradise because the temperatures during the summer are not as high as they are in surrounding cities. There are many forests in Qingshui including bambo forest. There are 260 existing ancient buildings in Qingshui, including 170 ancient houses, 4 earth buildings, 3 covered bridges, 2 ruins of Shang and Zhou Dynasties, and 49 revolutionary sites.

Rice fields

In Fujian there are many spectacular rice fields that you can visit. Some of them are more famous than others. I believe that the most important choice is the time for the visit, as during the year the fields change a lot. Depending on the season you can see the rice being planted, the green fields of rice or the empty fields after harvesting. I visited the rice field in May and I could observe the process of the new crop being planted manually. It is an amazing process that requires a lot of patience, precision and skill. I liked experiencing it but do believe that  the fields are more beautiful in September when they are green.

The photos were taken in Datian and Youxi counties.

Location

There is a famous rice field in Lianhe, Youxi (Sanming).

How to get there?

You can travel by train to Youxi, later we have to take a bus to Lianhe.

Attractions

I think that traveling by bus from Youxi to Lianhe is also a big attraction. There are not many foreigners visiting Youxi so all the people on the bus are going to try to talk with you. It is important to show your ticket to the driver because Lianhe is not the final stop and it is easy to pass it. Arriving at a tiny bus station in Lianhe you will see some motorbike drivers who can take us to the top of the mountain that has the best view of the fields. You should check the time of the last bus which can take you back to Youxi and if you have enough time you can visit a small temple on the top another mountain, near Lianhe.

Sanfang Qixiang

Location

Sanfang Qixiang is located in the center of Fuzhou city, the capital of Fujian province.

How to get there?

From the train station we can take a bus for example number one.

Attractions

Sanfang Qixiang is a very unique place where we can buy souvenirs and take photos of a typical, old Chinese architecture that we know from movies.

Here you can buy typical products from Fujian province such as jasmine tea, handmade umbrellas or wooden combs. There is a small shop where we can buy postcards and mail them to our friends and family.

There is also a small museum on the first street on the left hand. It is very interesting and nice introduction to Chinese culture.

After shopping we should try local snacks and have an ice cream or mango dessert.

Shaxian

Location

Shaxian is under the administration of Sanming City. There is a small, new airport and a train station called Sanming bei (Sanming North)

How to get there?

There are two ways to travel from Sanming city to Shaxian. You can take a fast bus 101 or 102 which will take us to the train station. From the train station we can take another bus to the center of Shaxian. The other way is to take a direct bus going from Sanming to the center of Shaxian. It can be a little difficult to recognize it because I has no number, there are names written in Chinese on the front of the bus. The second option is a little slower. The ticket costs around 5Y.

Attractions

Shaxian snacks are very famous around China. In every city we can find restaurants and bars that serve snacks from Sha county but to appreciate the authentic flavor we should go to Shaxian Snack City. You can find it easily because that area was constructed in an old style architecture. There are few streets with many small restaurants serving delicious snacks. In China if you eat with group of friends usually you share all the food with others just like tapas in Spain. For more details check the The ABC’s of Travel section.

Shaxian Snack City is situated at the foot of Taojin Mountain. There is a temple on the top of the mountain. The tower of the temple is a symbol of the city.

You can hike the mountain or we can just take a taxi to the top. There are two entrances. The first one is almost at the top if you start hiking there it will take us around 30 minutes to reach the temple. You will walk through the forest observing monuments of Buddha’s disciples . The other entrance is on the top, next to the temple and the giant Buddha.

You can visit the tower to see one of the reliques but it is not allowed to take photos there and you have to take our shoes of before entering.

Entrance -40 Y

Tea plantations

Location

There are many tea plantations in Fujian. I visited the one located in Datian County (Sanming)

How to get there?

If you travel by yourself and have no car it can be difficult to get there. You can go from Sanming to Datian by bus and try to take a taxi to the plantation. The easiest and most convenient way is to travel by car.

Attractions

Tea plantations are usually located in a picturesque area of the countryside so after the visit you can have a walk to enjoy the beautiful view. Butterflies, lizards, flowers will be an interesting part of the walk.

You can buy some local tea or other small souvenirs at the plantation.

Youxi

Location

Youxi is under the administration of Sanming City.

How to get there?

 

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