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Guling Scenic Area

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bob19472016 wrote a review Sep 2018
Stratford, New Zealand179 contributions50 helpful votes
Its a good way out of the city centre and best go up by bus or mini cab. Great walks and views from the various shade huts along the pathway.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Visit F wrote a review Sep 2017
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Fuzhou Kuliang Scenic Area is one important constituent of Fuzhou Gushan Scenic Zone. As a summer resort located in Huanxi Town, Jin'an District, Fuzhou, it was established by western missionaries in 1886 and is about 13km from downtown Fuzhou. With an altitude of 800+ meters, it is not over 30℃ in summer and thus attracts many westerns who can't bear the blazing heat of Fuzhou. In 1935, there were 200+ villas of diversified styles and also many churches, hospitals, tennis courts, swimming pools, public welfare hall and other public buildings. Yu Dafu used to take it as a summer resort here in the 1930s.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Dave E wrote a review Jun 2016
Springfield, Missouri429 contributions114 helpful votes
Guling/Kuliang mountain is an unexpected pleasure in Fuzhou. One quickly transitions from madhouse traffic, heat and noise to a calm winding road up a green wooded mountain up to about a half-mile in elevation. The top of Guling features a visitors' center about the history of the area, and is crowded with gardens and resorts. One less-discovered historical site is the home place of Watchman Nee, a mid-20th century Chinese Christian leader. Inspirational.
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Date of experience: May 2016
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Elyn M wrote a review Apr 2016
Providence, Rhode Island89 contributions54 helpful votes
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Guling Mountain was known in the past as “Kuliang,” where local foreigners, missionaries, consular staff, and foreign company personnel from Fuzhou City and nearby towns like Xiamen spent their summers on the mountain to get away from the heat of the city. It was unique in that people from many countries joined with the villagers to spend their summers together. Starting with one house in 1886, more and more were built until by 1935 there were more than 366 villas both big and small. About ten of the houses are still standing. The Scenic Area is known as a place where you can take a break, slow down and enjoy the beauty of nature, see Old Kuliang Street and the old foreign buildings from 100 + years ago, meander along the beautiful hiking paths, pay your respects to the Cypress King Tree, and my favorite -- enjoy the elegant wild cypresses, pines, and wildflowers that grow at the side of the paths and roads throughout the Scenic Area. The peonies opened while we were there in the beginning of April, and the Plum trees also bloom around the time of the Chinese New Year. Guling Tourism Center The center of the Guling Scenic Area is the main parking lot, where you will find the Guling Tourism Center, and can watch introductory movies with English subtitles, see a 3-D panoramic model of the area, and check in with the information counter for maps in Chinese and tour guides who can be hired to lead tours. They keep a list of the hotels in Guling, and can give information about restaurants and places to visit. There is also a public bathroom. (Although most of the toilets are the squatting kind, if you walk down the row of cubicles there is a Western style toilet at the back.) For English speakers I am glad to know that a special map and brochure are being planned and should be published soon (4-2016). If you only speak English, it would be good to bring a Chinese friend along if you want translation. Where to Stay We stayed overnight at the Green Forest Hotel 傍杉雾居 , which is on the main road about 50 meters past the Bank of China, and we were really satisfied with our time there. It was quiet and peaceful, had beautiful views, and the rooms were a lovely combination of Northern European and Chinese influences. There are also other hotels and family inns where you could stay. The helpful folks at the Tourist Center can direct you. Transport within the Scenic Area From the tourist center you can branch out in the area on small open tourist busses. They have three tourist routes, which are listed on the big map in front of the ticket counter, and you pay depending on your destination, 3 – 10 rmb per person one way, a very nice deal when you are tired from hiking. How to get there To get up to the mountain from Fuzhou City there are two bus lines that service the mountain top, busses number 63 and 193. Bus 193 begins at the Railway Station North Square. In the summertime when there are many visitors, villagers use their vans as taxis to bring people up and down the mountain for 10 rmb/person. You may need to wait until there are 5-6 people for the van to leave. If you want to take a taxi, it will cost about 80 rmb to get up the mountain. Depending on timing, you may have to offer to pay for the trip down the mountain, because the driver may not be able to get a passenger for the trip back to the city. Bus schedule up and down the mountain: The #193 bus route has a summer schedule (from beginning of June to the end of September) that applies only to weekends: leaves the North Fuzhou Train Station at 8:00、8:30、10:15、10:30、13:20、15:00、15:20。 The #193 bus leaves from the main parking lot in Guling to return to the city at: 9:15、9:30、11:30、13:15、14:20、16:00、16:30。 During the weekdays in the summer and other months, (October through May) it leaves from the North Fuzhou Train Station at 8:00、8:30、10:30、11:00、15:00、15:20, and returns to the city at 9:15、9:30、11:30、14:20、16:00、16:30。 The #63 bus route leaves from the bus stop next to the Fujian Police Vocational Academy (警官学院) bus station. (后屿路17号) The #63 bus route has a summer schedule (from beginning of June to the end of September) that applies only to weekends: Leaves from the Fujian Police Vocational Academy stop at 8:00, 10:00, 13:20 and 15:30. Leaves for the trip back to the city at: 9:00 and 11:00, 14:30 and 16:30. On Summer weekdays (Monday through Friday) and during the rest of the year, it leaves from the Fujian Police Vocational Academy at: 8:00, 10:30, 15:30. It leaves from the Guling Main Parking Lot at 9:00, 14:30, and 16:30 to return to the city. The bus basically doesn’t stop, except at the base of the road up the mountain, and from there goes straight to the mountain top. It costs 5 rmb, and local transportation cards are not accepted.
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Date of experience: April 2016
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