Shangrao Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 上饶 (shàng ráo)
Area: 22,791 square kilometers (8, 800 square miles)
Location: in the northeast of Jiangxi Province, east China
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Xinzhou, Guangfeng); 10 counties (Shangrao, Yushan, Qianshan, Hengfeng, Yiyang, Yugan, Poyang, Wannian, Wuyuan); 1 county-level city (Dexing)
Area Code: 0793
Zip Code: 334000
GDP (2019): CNY 251.31 billion (USD 36.427 billion)
A Land of Fish and Rice Famous for Wuyuan County
Shangrao City is located in the northeast of Jiangxi Province close to the borders with the provinces of Zhejiang to the east and Anhui to the north, while Fujian province lies to the south. The city's immediate neighbors within Jiangxi are Jiujiang, Nanchang, Fuzhou and Yingtan. Shangrao has been known as the land of fish and rice since ancient times. Benefiting from flat and fertile lands around the Poyang Lake, Shangrao acts as an important commodity grain, cotton, oil, fish and pig base in Jiangxi. It is recommended to take 2 - 3 days to tour around the city as there are so many things to see: Sanqing Mountain which is a Taoist holy land and famous for granite peak forest in various shapes in the east; China's largest freshwater lake Poyang Lake inlaid in the west; Huanggang Mountain, the highest peak in east China in the south; Wuyuan, which is a must-see place in Shangrao and highlights vast rapeseed flower fields and well-preserved Hui-style traditional buildings.
Shangrao Attractions - Things to Do
Other Scenic Spots: Tortoise Peak, Yuanyang Lake (Lake of Mandarin Ducks), Gexian Mountain
How to get to/around Shangrao
Shangrao is ideally located at the convergent area of Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian and Anhui, separated from the capital city of Jiangxi Province, Nanchang by Poyang Lake. Around the city, there are five airports that can be reached from the city in one to three hours, including Wuyishan Airport, Quzhou Airport, Jingdezhen Airport, Nanchang Changbei International Airport and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport.
Railways run through the eastern, southern and central regions of Shangrao. More than fifty trains arrive daily from Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Guangzhou at Shangrao Railway Station. Apart from the well-developed highway network, the area also has excellent waterway transport. Through the water systems of Le'an and Xinjiang River as well as waterways in northern Nanchang, ships can navigate Poyang Lake and northward to the Yangtze River.
Shangrao Railway Station is situated at Lingxi Town in the east of the city proper. The central bus station is at 27, Daihu Lu. The city has totally nine ports. Twenty of the entire one hundred and sixty-eight docks are passenger docks, and ships from Poyang County to Nanchang, Jingdezhen and Poyang Lake are available.
See more Shanghai - Shangrao Train, Shangrao - Guilin Train
When to Go: June to October is the most favorable season in which to pay a visit.
Shangrao Travel Tips
History: The earliest pottery artifacts discovered in China were at the Xianrendong Site, and Shangrao found to be one of the birthplaces of paddy horticulture in the world. The area belonged to Wu and Yue states during the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC). Poyang Shire was founded in this area over 1,700 years ago during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220).
Physical Features: Hills and low to medium high mountains are the main features of the landform here. It is separated by Mt. Wuyi from Fujian Province in the south. In addition, it has Huaiyushan Mountains in the central region and offshoots of Mt. Huangshan in north boundary area with Anhui Province. There are rivers crisscrossing to the west of Shangrao with a scattering of many lakes. The soil is fertile in the famous Poyang Lake Plain.
Special Local Products: Lianshi Paper from Qianshan County, bodiless lacquer from Boyang County, whitebait and white lotus seed from Poyang Lake, kudzuvine herbal medicines, rice cake of Yiyang County, pearls from Wannian County, Longwer Inkstone (also She Inkstone)
Also...where do I catch the tourist bus when I arrive at Geyang train station? And how will I know which bus it is? How much does it cost? And how long does it take to get to the Buddha site?
If by car or bus from Nanchang, how long it take and route info?
If you want to go there by car from Nanchang, it usually takes 3-4 hours. You can take the direct coach at Nanchang Coach Station. It departs at 09:00, 09:45, 11:00, 13:00 and 16:30 respectively. The ticket fare is CNY70/person.
Also where should I put up for the night? Stay in Shangrao, Yushan or in the park area?
2. You can stay in the hotel which is near to the scenic spot. I'd like to recommend you the Jinchen Hotel located in the service area of Sanqing Park. The hotel price ranges from CNY400-600 per night for a standard room.