March 23, 2009

Bamboo rafts on the 9 Twists River of WuYiShan, Fujian, China

Location: WuYiShan, Fujian, China (27° 40′ 0″ N, 117° 45′ 0″ E)
Date: 12 December 2007, 3.30pm

Camera: Canon 400D with Sigma 17-70/f2.8-4.5

WuYiShan is an UNESCO site for its large well-preserved subtropical native forests. It is dotted with many sheer rock peeks that just seem to jut vertically skywards, caves and a clear emerald river meandering in its midst. Its UNESCO status is also awarded for its historical and cultural heritage, with remains of a 2,000 years old city, cliff-side sculptured calligraphies and the home and an academy established by a renowned Song Dynasty philosopher. It is worth spending a day or two exploring the scenic area as there are many opportunities to explore and hike in the back mountains, away from the major tourist routes. This area is a major tea plantation area with its unique tea species and so there are always few villagers tending to their plots during the day; therefore it is easy to ask for directions if one speaks Chinese. In fact it is NOT difficult to avoid paying the entrance fee by entering the park by hiking the hills. However the best panoramas and viewpoints are to be found in the main tourist routes

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