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Longyan Facts

Chinese Name: 龙岩市 (lóng yán shì)
Population: 2,640,000
Area: 11,968 square kilometers (4,621 square miles)
Location: in the west of Fujian Province, southeastern China
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Xinluo, Yongding); 5 counties (Changting, Shanghang, Wuping, Liancheng); 1 county-level city (Zhangping)
Area Code: 0597
Zip Code: 364000
GDP (2018): CNY 239.33 billion (USD 118.74 billion)

Rich in Hakka Culture Represented by Tulou

Longyan is seated in western Fujian Province, bordered with Quanzhou and Sanming on east and north. It also neighbors Ganzhou of Jiangxi Province to the west and Meizhou of Guangdong Province to the south. Longyan is famous for Hakka culture, the world cultural heritage, which is represented by a large-scale Yongding Tulou. There are more than 30 kinds of Tulou, among which of more than 4,000 famous square buildings. In addition to the grand Tulou, a trip to Guanzhai Mountain which has charming and lovely landscapes and cultural relics can be taken into consideration.


 Fujian Tulou:
Tulou is a kind of traditional rammed citadel of the Hakkas. The resident building can be round and square. In Yongding County, there are entirely three hundred and sixty round houses and four thousand square houses. The grand complex of Hakka residence in Yongding show best the intelligence of the Hakka, added luster to Chinese traditional architecture. It's a highlight in Longyan travel.
Zhencheng Tower, Yongding, Longyan
Zhencheng Tower, Yongding
Chengqi Tower, Yongding, Longyan
Chengqi Tower, Yongding
 Guanzhai Mountain:
Located 0.6 miles to the eastern suburb of Liancheng County in Fujian Province, Guanzhai Mountain is renowned for its majestic, attractive scenic sight as well as the unique Danxia landscape. The shape of the mountain is like the crown of Xiezhi that is a strange beast in Chinese ancient legend, hence the mountain's name "Guanzhai".

Covering an area of 47 square miles, Guanzhai Mountain scenic spot is a combination of mountains, lakes and rivers, caves and temples. Lingzhi Peak, shaped like a fungi, is the main peak, measuring 2,168 feet in height. Stand upon its flat topped summit, you will see a panoramic vista of villages amongst green field toward the west. To the east, high cliffs stand majestically, stacked one upon another. Wulao Peak to the southwest, rises close to Lingzhi Peak. There is a crevasse between the two peaks, called "Yi Xi'an Tian" (a gleam of sky).

Guanzhai Mountain also is blessed with notable manmade landscapes, among which are the academies of classical learning built during the Song (960-1279), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties in the majority with Yangzhi Pavilion, Qiushi Academy, Xiuzhu Academy and Dongshan Cottage being the more famous ones. There are two temples: Fayun Temple built in the late Song Dynasty, and Lingzhi Temple mainly offers sacrifice to Kwan-yin, the mercy Buddha.

Due to its striking beauty, Guanzhai Mountain attracted countless men of letters to leave a great many precious calligraphies and paintings at these sites. Today, more and more visitors come here for activities such as mountain hiking, sightseeing or just to relax.

Transportation Tips

Guanzhaishan Airport stands in Jiangfang Village Lianfeng Town. It is 3.9 kilometers (2.4 miles) from Liancheng County, just at the foot of the Guanzhai Mountain. City proper is about 106 kilometers (66 miles) from the airport. Every week there are three flights to Fuzhou. And from Fuzhou, visitors can change flights to other cities. Additionally, they can also have the aid of the Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, and it is about one and a half hours' drive between Xiamen and Longyan through the expressway. 

Longyan Bus Station: at the juncture between Xi'an Road (South) and Qiaomin Road, Xinluo District

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This city belongs to the subtropical zone, enjoying an oceanic monsoon climate. Its weather is moderate all the year round. Without chilly winter and torrid summer, the annual average temperature falls between 18 and 20 degree centigrade (64 and 68 degree Fahrenheit).

 When to Go: The city is an all-year-round tourist destination. 

Longyan Travel Tips

 History: During the Jin Dynasty (265-420), Xinluo County was set up here, belonging to the territory of Jin'an Shire. The Tang Dynasty (618-907) established Tingzhou in this region which is the old name for Longyan.

 Physical Features: General terrain of Longyan descends from east and north to west and south. Mountains and hills zigzag northeast-southwest parallelly, occupying nearly eighty percent of the city's land area.

 Special Local Products: Chanting dried bean curd, Liancheng dried sweet potato, Zhangping dried bamboo shoot, Xinluo rice noodle and peanut, Wanying tea, Xuan paper (Chinese calligraphic paper), Shuixian Cha Bing (cake-shaped compressed tea), Yongding persimmon
- Last updated on Apr. 15, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Longyan Travel
Asked by teoh from MALAYSIA | Nov. 10, 2019 20:15Reply
Visit Hongkend and Tian leo Kang Tulou from Longyan ,Panda Hostel
I will staying in longyan ,panda hostel 18 November .I would like to visit Hongkend and Tian leo keng Tulou
Is it correct to take coach from longyan coach station . What is the distance.
can we visit can return the same day.
Answers (2)
Answered by Liz from SINGAPORE | Nov. 12, 2019 18:01

You may need to take taxi to Longyan Coach station and take bus from there to Hongkeng Tulou. It takes around 100 minutes on the way. I'm not sure where Tian leo keng Tulou is. But I think one day is not enough to visit them and go back.
Answered by Teoh from MALAYSIA | Nov. 14, 2019 01:44

Thank you very much for your reply. It help for my visit to Ly
Asked by sclok from MALAYSIA | Oct. 09, 2019 20:40Reply
how to get to Hongkeng Tulou Cluster and Tianluo Keng Tulou Cluster from Longyan
May I know what is the best and cheapest way to get to the 2 Tulous from downtown Longyan?
Can I do both places in a day?
Many thanks
Answers (2)
Answered by Xander from NETHERLANDS | Oct. 11, 2019 20:27

You can take direct coach from Longyan Coach Station to these two scenic areas. You are suggested to spend two days.
Answered by sclok from MALAYSIA | Oct. 13, 2019 02:23

Hi, thank you
Asked by Fong from MALAYSIA | Oct. 02, 2017 08:08Reply
Travel from Shenzhen Airport to Longyan
Hi , appreciate some info.
1. best travel from Shenzhen Airport to Shenzhen North Train Station to catch the high speed train to LY.
2. suggest a Tulou heritage site nearest to LY city for a day visit.
how to get this heritage site from LY city and back.
3. best travel from Shenzhen North Train Station to Shenzhen airport.
Thank you.
Answers (2)
Answered by Alina from MEXICO | Oct. 09, 2017 22:37

1. Subway is suggested. Take line 11 at Airport Station to Qianhaiwan, where you can change to line 5 to the North Railway Station.
2. I recommend you visit Hongkeng Tulou and Gaobei Tulou in Yongding District. At local Long-distance Bus Station, you can take a bus to Gaotou Town, where Hongkeng Tulou is located. After visiting, take a motor-cycle to Hongkeng within 15min. After that, go to Yongding Bus Station to take a bus back to LY.
3. You can still use subway to head for the airport.
Answered by Fong from MALAYSIA | Oct. 24, 2017 06:20

Hi Alina,
Should take Line 1, right.
Thank you for your response.
Asked by L. Lai from MALAYSIA | Sep. 28, 2017 08:26Reply
Longyan transportation thing
We are a group of 3, shall arrive at Shenzhen international airport in the morning (6am) of early November. We appreciate some travel info for the following.
1. how to get from airport to Shenzhen train station to catch the high speed train to LY city
2. recommend a Hakka Tulou heritage site nearest to the city as we are planning a day trip to this site and how to get there.
TQ in advance and best regards
Answers (2)
Answered by Liela from USA | Sep. 29, 2017 20:08

You can take Shuttle Bus Line 2 directly to the train station, which takes about 1 hour and CNY20 for each.
After arrival, you can take bus 2/K2/25 to Longyu Tianxia, and you will see the local Bus Station. Then you can take a bus to Tulou, which heads for Hongxi Tulou Towers. The bus is available from 7:00 to 17:02 and takes about 2hours and CNY22/27.
Answered by L. Lai from MALAYSIA | Oct. 02, 2017 07:57

TQ Liela for the info.
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