Fuzhou is a famous tourist city with beautiful and countless sceneries and an excellent city center, and with natural and manmade sights. There are famed mountains, temples, tombs, gardens, towers and bridges throughout the city.
The well-known Mt.Wuyi is an important sight in Wuyi Shan City, Fujian Province. We will offer some information here on transportation to Mt. Wuyi for making your trip smooth.
Wuyi Shan Airport opened up the flight corridors from Wuyi Shan to Fuzhou, Xiamen, Beiing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Changzhou etc. Outside the airport, there are mini buses to take tourists to the scenic spots of Mt. Wuyi (about 2 yuan).
Mt. Wuyi Holiday Area neighbors Mt. Wuyi Scenic Spot so is convenient for tourists living in the holiday resort to visit this beautiful mountain. The holiday area is about 8 kilometers (about 5 miles) from Wuyi Shan Airport and 9 kilometers (about 5.6 miles) from Wuyi Shan Railway Station and 11 kilometers (about 6.8 miles) to Wuyi Shan downtown area.
An Air-conditioned express from Fuzhou, Xiamen and Quanzhou to Wuyi Shan operates once a day and now you can get to Wuyi Shan from Shanghai directly with a twice daily train service, Wuyi Shan is a stop on the line. The minibus in Wuyi Shan Railway Station can take you to Mt. Wuyi Scenic Spot, the cost can be negotiated (about 10 yuan), which is very reasonable. If the train direct to Wuyi Shan is not available in your city, tourists should take train pass by Zhaowu stop of Fujian Province or Shangrao stop of Jiangxi Province, then a transfer bus at Zhaowu (once per hour) or Shangrao (once per hour) to Wuyi Shan.
Also there are regular buses from Nanping and Shaowu of Fujian Province and Shangrao of Jiangxi Province to Wuyi Shan daily. On the way from Mt. Wuyi to Wuyi Shan, tourists can wave down tourist buses to stop and pick them up.
The national scenic area - Mt. Gu (meaning drum hill in Chinese) is located in the eastern suburb and the evergreen mountain is a famous Buddhist scenic spot, sitting on the north bank of the Min River. It is 17 kilometers (about 10.6 miles) from downtown area. It gained its name from a large rock on the mountaintop shaped like a drum, and during thunderstorms, thunder appeared to emanate from atop the mountain-'drum', hence the name Mt. Gu. From the Song Dynasty (960-1279), there are 500 inscriptions on the cliff face by literates of this time, which is rare in China.
Transportation: you may take the Mt. Gu Special Line from Wuyi Square or take bus Nos. 7, 36, 37, 808, 815, 949, 957, 960 and Mawei Special Bus Line to Mt. Gu.
Fuzhou National Forest Park
Situated in the north suburb, 7 kilometers (about 4.3 miles) away from the downtown area, it is one of the ten national forest parks of China. Rare animals and exotic plants, blue water, flowing waterfalls, unusual rocky outcrops and stone carvings coexist in a harmonious blend of natural and manmade sights.
Transportation: bus Nos. 34, 802, 811, 945, etc. can take you to the park.
Located in the center of downtown area, the same as Mt. Wu, Mt. Yu has been an attraction since the Tang Dynasty (618-907). You can climb up to the White Tower on Mt. Yu, which is facing the Wu Tower on Mt. Wu, to appreciate the panoramic views of the city. White Tower and Wu Tower are the symbol of the city.
Transportation: Mt. Yu - bus Nos. 8, 26, 801, 803, 908, 945, 948, 957 and 958 Mt. Wu - bus Nos. 8, 11, 20, 26, 27, 801, 809, 817 and 821
Fujian Tulou, also known as the Earth Towers of the Hakkas, is a unique style of Chinese village architectures. In terms of architectural characteristics, the rounded earth tower is more traditional with the Hakkas and is a typical example of a Hakkas folk residence.
Sanfang Qixiang is an old block consisting of three lanes and seven alleys. A large number of residences from ancient China sit there. Thus it is called “Architecture Museum”. Through the visit, you can know more about the history and culture of Fuzhou and China.
Zhuzifang Block, located in the central area of the downtown, is a large ancient architectural museum of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911). It is a must-see sight for the architectural styles of which the old city is famed.
In the west of this city, on the foot of Mt. Yi, Xichan Temple, an ancient temple of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), is one of five Buddhist temples in the City. There is a dagoba of a Buddhist monk from the Five Dynasties (907-960), the imperial handwriting of Emperor Kangxi and also murals of Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Another feature of the temple is the many Litchi trees, planted in the Song Dynasty (960-1279).
Transportation: bus Nos. 812, 813, 38, 39, 33, 27 and 957
There are many reasons for visiting Mawei. If you want to know more about ancient battlefield, if you want to look around the base of ship-making, if you are crazy about historic sites, then visiting Mawei is indeed a wise choice.
Parks & Museums
Located on both sides of Minjiang River, the 7.5 mile-long Minjiang Park is the largest park in this city. Originally, it was called “Jiangbin Park”, meaning the park lying beside the river. By combining the surrounding natural landscape and the unique Minjiang traditional culture, Minjiang Park fully reflects the characteristics of ecology, openness and water access.
The park is composed of seven tourist zones from west to east. They are Xihe Park, Jinjiang Park, Jinsha Park, Wanglong Park, Binfen Park, Minfeng Park and Minshui Park. They embrace various kinds of natural landscapes and man-made scenery. Visitors can take a leisurely walk or rent a bicycle to tour in the park. For example, in Binfen Park there is a large open-air theater equipped with a modern music fountain performing wonderful water shows and beautiful music. It can hold about 2,500 spectators. Mingyue (Bright Moon) Islet, lying adjacent to Wanglong Park is a good place to watch the river sights and appreciate the moon, attracting a lot of lovers to express their deepest feelings. The huge embossed carving “Mindu Chunqiu” (Fuzhou’s history) tells us about local history and culture. Moreover, visitors can swim and splash in the river on the three-hectare beach area.
An attractive sight in the park is the collection of 64 amazing sculptures of diverse styles. They were created by gifted artists from 14 different countries and regions. The local people regard these sculptures as the soul of the Minjiang River. In addition, there are four unique paths especially designed for your visit to the park. They are a footpath, a sightseeing path above the water, an electric power cart road and a bicycle path. No matter which path you choose, it will certainly provide you a wonderful experience in beautiful Minjiang Park.
West Lake Park, situated in the northwest of the city in Hubin Road, is famed for its similarity to West Lake in Hangzhou. It has been a tourist attraction since the Tang Dynasty (618-907). West Lake Park is the most completed ancient garden in the city and is called a pearl of gardens in Fujian Province.
Transportation: bus Nos. 1, 805, 810, 811, 818, 958 and 960
Lin Zexu Memorial Hall, nesting in Macau Road, and established in 1905, exhibits the history of Lin Zexu, a folk hero of China who banned opium-smoking and the opium trade.
Transportation: bus Nos. 1, 5, 818 and 946
Not only are there ancient sights, there are also new places to be explored, Jinniu Shan Park, Mt. Qingyun and Shiba Chong Xi (brooks). Sights in this city are splendid but refined. If you are interested in the landscape of south China, it is a good place to visit.