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“Not quite Huangshan or Zhangjiajie”

Wuyi Mountain Scenic Resort
Ranked #1 of 57 things to do in Wuyi Shan
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Owner description: An area of fantastic views has peaks, rivers, gorges and temple ruins.
Reviewed May 19, 2012

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.

4  Thank Malaysiantraveller68
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

I came here to work in April, just the wet season. I was astonished by the view. This is where u can get the feeling of puting urself in a shui mo painting.

1  Thank Ivan_Doooo
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Reviewed October 1, 2011

I totally could not comprehend why they only sell tickets at 9.30am and 12.30pm.. this is definately a very unwise management of a heritage park..!.. People should be allowed to take the bamboo raft any time of the day...!!.. considering the all journey take less than 1.5 hours !

Imagine.. you are forced to take the raft at the hottest time of the day.. if you missed the 9.30am schedule...! Sad to say that we are in fact such victim..!!

The organisation of the trip is so over regulated... first you have to wait in a long queue for the rafts to arrive ..then 6 people have to get in one raft....and instructed to put on safety gear ..which we think is unnecessary as water is so shallow and calm..

The entire rafting experience was so boring even so the scene of Wuyishan is beautiful....
It was like a ride in the disney land nature park.. the whole surrounding is so lifeless,,,

The management of bamboo rafting down the river could have been more interesting with some participation from the villagers... such as allowing villagers to sell food and drink on the raft..a short stop over at some strategic locations for photo shooting..

It would be nice to allow private booking of the raft.. for lovers and couples especially who prefer more privacy and want to stop over and venture out some of the nice spots along the way...

a couple cannot book a private raft for themselves and enjoy the privacy and romance of drifting through scenic Wuyishan,,

4  Thank frankfuming
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Reviewed September 30, 2011

We went to Wuyishan after having been to Yangshuo/Guilin Province two years ago expecting a similar experience - but compared to Yangshuo it's a rather average spot. The entire place is run like a park, i.e. you have to pay a general entry fee, or you get one of the unofficial guides who help you to cheat around the official gates and pay only half. These guides can be quite a drag at the side, as they run after you all the time, quite enoying! The site, i.e. mountains and rivers are quite nice, but dont expect small villages, farmerhouses, etc, it is a park and not a living environement! The southern main entrance is crowded, you get tourist sort of restaurants offering bad food at ridiculos prices. For food you better go to the city - better quality for reasonable prices, even so dont expect nice (and clean) restaurants, the entire city is rather a mess, worse than at many other locations in China! Most ridiculos is, how the attractions are run inside the park: the river-rafting starts only twice a day, once at 9.30am, second at 2.30pm - nobody understands why there must be a schedule and you cannot go anytime! Conclusion: if you want to experience chinese countryside with mountain-hiking and river-rafting, better go to the Guilin Region - it is much more interesting, convenient, exciting, you get much better hotels and hostels, and, most important, it is a place where people live and work, not a dead liveless park like Wuyishan!

2  Thank vie4you
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

I enjoyed the scenery immensely but think that the ticket prices are excessive. If you head out to Xing Cun and look for the launch ways for the bamboo rafts on the opposite side of the river, known as Xianfanjie Wharf, here is an easy back entrance with no manned ticket office.

Even better than the park for me was exploring the villages and countryside to the north of Wuyishan. I would especially recommend hiking around Sandhu, Xiaojiang and Da'an where there are no other tourists but plenty of ancient routes to be rediscovered.

2  Thank ModernDayMarcoPolo
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