Fujian - Fuzhou Hiking Tours
Fuzhou01 : Parks and Drum Hill Sightseeing
As the capital of Fujian Province, Fuzhou is a city with a history of more than 2,000 years. Many banyan trees were planted in the city and most of them are aged 900 years, so it was also named "Banyan City".
Day 1: Forest Park - West Lake Park - Zuohai Park
Fuzhou National Forest Park is a famous sightseeing spot of the city, which houses more than 2,500 kinds of precious plants from all over the world. Dragon Pool Stream crosses the park from north to south. Along the stream scatters Cycad Garden, Palm Garden, Precious Plants Garden, Bamboo Garden, and the Banyan-Viewing Garden. You can get there by bus 54, 72, 84, or 87. The park opens to the public from 8:00 to 16:00 daily and is free of charge.
Getting out from the east gate of the park, you can take bus No. 54 to Xihu bus stop, and then walk westwards for about 130 yards, you will reach the West Lake Park. The park has a classical garden with a history of more than 1,700 years. It covers an area of about 4 hectares and boasts three islets in the lake, namely Kuaihua Islet, Xieping Islet and Yaojiao Islet. The Dragon Boat Races are held in the West Lake during the Dragon Boat Festival every year. By the way, the Fujian Museum and the Art Exhibition Hall are both in this park. The park is open from 05:30 to 22:30 and free of charge.
Finish your hiking route in the West Lake Park with Fujian Museum. Get out from the west gate and follow the road next to the museum all the way to the north, you will reach the south gate of Zuohai Park. It is the biggest park in Fuzhou, covering a total area of more than 80 acres. The main attractions are the Peacock Garden, Ocean World, and some entertainment facilities, such as Ferris wheel, Altitude Bicycle, and the Rip Current Adventure. The park is open to the public from 08:30 to 18:00, and it is free to enter. However, tourists need to pay the entrance fee for individual sites in the park, including Ocean Park, Peacock Garden, Altitude Bicycle and the Rip Current Adventure.
Day 2: Drum Hill - Mawei Port (Horsetail Port) - Luoxing Pagoda
Drum Hill is located in the southern suburb of Fuzhou City, which can be reached by city bus 7, 29, 36, 40, 69, 73, 97, 108, 112, 115, 137, 162, 170, 178, 302, or 303. The alighting stop is Xiayuan, just located at the foot of the hill. Three ways can get you to the top of the mountain, hiking up along the ancient trail, taking the cable car, or taking a minibus. On the Drum Hill, we recommend that you visit Yongquan Temple and the Bajing Park (Eight Scenic Spots Park). Even if you arrive at Xiayuan in the evening, it's still okay for you to climb up the mountain, since many lamps are lit along the ancient trail.
After lunch, you can go to the Xiayuan bus stop to take bus 73 or 131 to Gangkou Road. And then walk another 170 yards, you will reach the Mawei Port. Visit Mawei Port and the Luoxing Tower, then go back to downtown by bus. Having dinner, you may rent a bicycle to tour from the Jiangbin Park to the Jinniushan Park, where you can enjoy the large-scale Conduit Show and the Water-screen Movie starting at 20:00 daily.
Fuzhou02 : Fuzhou - Drum Hill - Quanzhou - Xiamen
Day 1: This Fuzhou hiking tour itinerary will lead you to Drum Hill and some attractions in Quanzhou City on the first day. Drum Hill can be reached by city bus 7, 29, 36, 40, 69, 73, 97, 108, 112, 115, 137, 162, 170, 178, 302, or 303. It is a Buddhist holy site, and the Yongquan Temple on the hill has a history of more than 1,000 years. On the west side of the temple, there is a Thousand Buddha Pagoda of fired clay and on the east side over 180 pieces of cliff carvings. A cable car is available at the foot of the Drum Hill to take you to the sightseeing platform on the mountain.
To extend your hiking tour, we suggest you make a side trip to Quanzhou in the late afternoon. Both bullet trains and frequent coaches are accessible to transfer you to the city. The train and the bus take about 80 minutes and 2 hours respectively.
Day 2: On the second day’s morning, you may start your hiking with the Qingyuan Mountain. It is a sacred Taoism site with far-reaching history. The giant stone statue of Lao Zi has been standing in the mountain for generations. Besides tracing the religious culture, you can also embrace the stunning natural beauty.
When the trekking is over, take bus 601 or K602 from Qingyuan Mountain directly to Kaiyuan Temple. Exit from the west gate of the temple, you can use bus No. 6 to Yiquanjie Xiduan, which is just 450 yards from the Tianhou Palace (Heavenly Empress Palace). After the sightseeing, take a high speed train to Xiamen with a duration of half an hour.
Fuzhou03 : Fuzhou - Mount Wuyi - Longyan - Xiamen
A hiking trip to Mount Wuyi starts with a bullet train journey from Fuzhou to Wuyishan City. During 07:00 and 21:00, there are about 40 trains available, which operate at an interval of around 20 minutes. The duration is about one hour, and the ticket fare is CNY103.5 for a second-class seat and CNY174 for a first-class seat. You need to notice that some bullet trains stop at Wuyishan North Railway Station, while some arrives at the South Railway Station. For easier transportation to the mountain scenic area, we suggest you choose the one terminating at the North Railway Station before 10:00.
Upon arrival, you can take bus No. 7 to the South Gate of Mount Wuyi Scenic Area directly. If taking a taxi, the fare would be about CNY60.
Mount Wuyi Scenic Area boasts gorgeous mountains and lakes. In the virgin forest, there are various rare animal and plant species. Despite all those, it is an ideal site for camping fans to spend one night in the mountain.
Your are advised to extend your Wuyishan hiking tour to Longyan City, located about 300 miles (550 kilometers) away. The only one bullet train departs from Wuyishan East Railway Station at around 12:30 and reaches Longyan in four hours. Upon arrival, you can take a bus from Longyan Bus Station to Yongding to visit the unique Earth Towers of Hakkas.
Yongding is a mountainous area in the southwest of Fujian Province, where generations of Hakka people have been living. To defend enemies, they constructed numerous unique castle-like buildings here. Most of them are round, but a few are square. Each building can accommodate about 100 households. Trek to visit a few villages before return to Longyan, and then board a high speed train from Longyan Railway Station to Xiamen.
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