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Attractions include mountains much like those at Guilin, temples and other historic buildings, and raft rides down a sensational river canyon. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site both for its natural environment and for its culture.
Various court officials, poets and scholars have lived here. It was a famous retreat for such folk.
Karst limestone formations. Unearthly.
Flora and fauna
Lots of snakes, including many preserved in restaurants or pharmacies in town.
Wu Yi Mountain has an airport with regular flights to major Chinese cities.
There is one train from Beijing, it takes 15 hours, leaving Beijing in the afternoon and arriving at Wuyishan early the next morning.
Many attractions have a fee. You can buy a pass for 100-odd RMB that gets you into all of them
To get into the main body of the park costs 110RMB for 1 day, 120RMB for 2 days and 130 RMB for 3 days. Beware, lots of the other attractions charge their own fee, so make the most of the main ticket.
The local tourist agency can provide a guide and driver for a fee. You will get to see much more. Otherwise you can try the local buses if you are up for adventure. Wuyishan (CITS Guide associated with American Express)
Ride a raft down the Nine Bend Stream (九曲溪). The "rafts" are long tied bamboo rafts with about six seats. Life jackets are provided, although the water is very calm and this does not require any rafting experience or effort on the part of the riders. Two drivers use long poles to steer the craft down the water. The landscape is sensational, with sheer cliffs and tall mountains. A "cruise" down all nine bends takes two to three hours and is highly recommended.
The area is famous for tea. On one occasion, tea from Wu Yi Mountain fetched over $1000 US a gram at an auction in Shanghai!
If you play the game of Go (wei qi in Chinese), look in the shops downtown for wooden bowls to hold the go stones. These are under 50 RMB ($8) a set and look more-or-less identical to bowls sold in the West for several hundred US dollars. Be careful, however, to get bowls that are large enough. Some of the ones sold here will not hold a full set of stones.
Try the tea eggs. These are eggs hardboiled in tea, a nice cheap snack found anywhere in China. At Wu Yi Mountain, they are particularly good.
DON'T eat the pheasant! It's charged by the pound and is extremely expensive! Restaurants in Wu Yi Shan are terribly expensive and the choice is limited. Some restaurants serve bear, which you will see proudly displayed with hair still attached, in front of the restaurants.
You can find lodging in many places near Mount Wuyi.