Just returned home after a group tour to Wuyishan and Fujian province. There is no single mountain which is actually called Mount Wuyi; it is the name given to that particular area in northern Fujian with distinctive geological formations. The town of Wuyishan itself has the appearance of a tourist resort with most shops either selling tea or wooden sculptures. Our local guide advised us not to buy anything unless we really knew what to look for and were prepared to pay cut-throat prices! We just went to the market where we bought some wonderful, fresh sunflower-seed coated biscuits and fruits.
On the first day, we were taken to the "Longgui source area" which is quite a distance away from town. It was a pleasant and easy nature-walk along a stream in a forest with a "Dragon & Phoenix" waterfall and other falls too. Only go there if you have plenty of time to spare. At night, we were taken to see the "Impression Da Hong Pao" show which is in the beautifully landscaped (and free) Tea Expo Garden right in the town. The 1-hour outdoor show which used the Dawang or Great Emperor mountain, river and existing trees as part of its backdrop was simply spectacular and breathtaking, even if you could not actually catch what the performers were singing about (which was all about tea). The choreography, special effects, lighting and costumes were a joy to watch, not to mention the giant seating area which rotated 360 degrees!
The next day, we were lucky enough to get to ride the rafts on the Jiuqu or 9-bends stream. Prior booking was required and it depended on the water level / weather conditions especially during the rainy season when we there. You will need someone to advise or do the booking for this. We lost precious time finding the departure point as our bus driver initially went to the wrong location. We missed our 8am "appointment" but fortunately were able to swap times with another group that took our rafts. The ride was fairly gentle and life jackets were provided. It was certainly a good way to cover the area with its strange rock formations. Not quite as fantastic as Huangshan or Zhangjiajie but the scenery was different and interesting nevertheless.
There are many places to stay in Wuyishan town and some looked pretty nice and new. Whatever you do, avoid the "South New Century Hotel" which was simply filthy with mold, long hair in the bathroom, poor water pressure, stained towels and a dismal buffet breakfast.
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