Nanping Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 南平市 (nán píng shì)
Area: 26,300 square kilometers (10,154 square miles)
Location: in the north of Fujian Province, southeastern China
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Yanping, Jianyang); 5 counties (Shunchang, Pucheng, Guangze, Songxi, Zhenghe); 4 county-level cities (Shaowu, Wuyishan, Jian'ou, Jianyang)
Area Code: 0599
Zip Code: 353000
GDP (2018): CNY 179.2 billion (USD 27.1 billion)
Wuyi Mountain and Dahongpao Tea
Occupying the largest areas in Fujian Province, Nanping lies in the north of the province. It is bordered with Zhejiang and Jiangsu to northeast and northwest. Being a frontier of economic development, this city is a vital pass of Fujian open to the vast land of the country. Nanping has a profound history and culture. It is the birthplace of Minyue Culture, the Neo-Confucianism, Wuyi Tea Ceremony Culture and Zhang Sanfeng’s Tai Chi Culture. The famous Dahongpao tea produced in Wuyi Mountain is the king of Oolong tea for excellent quality. Its traditional production technology has been listed as the only national intangible cultural heritage of tea. Besides, mountains, streams, rivers, waterfalls and valleys in Mount Wuyi present a picturesque scenery.
As a historical site, it has the boat-shaped hanging coffins which said to be the earliest cliff hanging coffins among extant ones. The ancient Han relics display the ups and downs of more than 2,300 years. 426 pieces of cliffside inscriptions ranging from the Song (960-1279) to the Qing (1644-1911) dynasties are precious cultural treasures. Wuyi Rock Tea and techniques of making bohea constitute its unique tea culture.
Mount Wuyi also inherits the gifts by nature. The Nine Bend Brook and the spectacular peeks and rock set each other off excellently. It is a natural arboretum boasting the most typical, largest and intact subtropical protophyte ecosystem in the same latitudes around the world. Apart from a large and complete conversation of plant and animal species, the mountain has the spectacular Danxia landscape, either, which could be well admired by drifting along the meandering Nine Bend Brook.
How to get there
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2. Nanping's bus station stands in the Binhai Road, Yanping District. By the express way, this place can be reached from Fuzhou within 3 hours.
3. Wuyishan Airport is situated east to the Wuyi Dadao in the southern outskirt of Wuyishan City, both 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) from the downtown Wuyishan and Mount Wuyi Scenic Area. Direct flight routes to/from Fuzhou, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Xiamen are offered every day. In addition, there are three flights to/from Hong Kong and Xi'an, three to/from Shenzhen every week.
This city bears a subtropical oceanic monsoon climate, and the weather is humid and moderate all the year round. Autumn is warmer than spring. The average temperature of the hottest July lies between 28 and 29 degree centigrade (82.4 and 84.2 degree Fahrenheit), while that of January is 6-9 degree centigrade (42.8-48.2 degree Fahrenheit). April to June is Nanping's plum rain period.
When to Go: Without extreme heat and cold, the city is favorable for visiting during the whole year.
Nanping Travel Tips
Physical Features: Lower mountains and hills construct the main landform of the city. It is surrounded by mountains in the east, the west and the north. The whole terrain declines towards its central and southern part. Within the city, mountains and hills meander and rivers crisscross. Along the rivers, there are valleys dotted.
Local Highlights: China Wuyi Mountain Tourist Festival (Mid-May)
Special Local Products: Job's tears rice, edible fungus, tea, lotus seed
Shangrao in Jiangxi Province, Nanping and Shaowu are the main passes to Mount Wuyi. It is about 3 hours from downtown Nanping and Shaowu to the Mount Wuyi, and 4 hours are needed from Shangrao. Within the scenic area, charted vehicle may be wanted for individual tourists.
My wife is thinking of commuting from Jian'ou to Sanming three days a week.
From NP to Jian'ou, 36 buses are available from 06:30 to 21:00.
From Jian’ou to NP, 36 buses are available from 06:30 to 19:00 every day. The bus ticket fare is CNY22.
From Jianou to Sanming, more than ten buses are scheduled from Jian'ou Bus Station.
From NP to Sanming, 13 buses are available from 08:00 to 18:00, the ticket fare is CNY34.
All kinds of restaurants are available there, so you can have a good dininng. But as I know, it is not a good place for shopping, for there seems no large shopping mall.