Located south of Wuyishan City, Fujian
Province, with an area of 70 square kilometers, the area has what is probably
the largest, most typical and best-preserved humid subtropical native forest in
the world. It was nominated as a biosphere reserve of UNESCO's Man and the
Biosphere Program in 1987.
|Fascinating scenery on top of Mount
cliffs and waters of Wuyi Mountain are outstanding. The workings of Nature of a
typical Danxia landform have left behind 36 peaks, 72 caves, 99 prominent rocks
and 108 scenic spots. The Stream with Nine Turnings is emerald green and crystal
clear. The beauty of the mountain and its waters has made Wuyi known as the most
attractive mountain in southeast China.
|The Steam with Nine Turnings|
Wuyi Mountain is also known for being of
great historic and cultural value. Cultural relics include the extensive remains
of an ancient city of the Min Yue people, dating back over 2,000 years, the
Ziyang Academy of Classical Learning, the tomb of Zhu Xi, cliffside sculptures,
etc. Zhu Xi, a philosopher of the Southern Song Dynasty, taught for 40 years at
Wuyi Mountain and made it an academic center of southeast China.
The most ancient scene on Wuyi Mountain is
the stone slabs and boat-shaped rocks over deep gullies, a prestigious natural
wonder. Viewed from above the water, two stone boats stand on several crisscross
slabs on the top of the cliff. The boats are about 6 meters in length, and in
rhombic form, just like those said to be used by the immortals. Huge rocks, deep
caves and pools are three special sights of the Dazang Peak.
The Wuyi Mountain Range, usually
called Greater Wuyi Mountain, straddles the border of Fujian and Jiangxi
provinces, stretching over 500 kilometers. The average height of the peaks is
over 1,000 meters above sea level.
The most beautiful part is the Small Wuyi
Mountain scenic area in the territory, 15 kilometers southwest of the Chong'an
County seat, Fujian Province. It is surrounded by streams and valleys, and has
no direct link with neighboring mountains.
The special Danxia landform features include
the Stream with Nine Turnings, 36 peaks, 72 caves and 99 rocks. The distinctive
views of monoliths of red sandstone surrounded by emerald green water inspire
There is a beautiful legend about the Yunu Peak.
Yunu, a fairy maiden, fell in love with Dawang, an earthly king. She came to
Wuyi Mountain and enjoyed its fantastic natural beauty very much together with
the king. So she decided to stay there. However, a demon named Tieban (Iron
Plate) informed the Jade Emperor. The Jade Emperor flew into a rage and turned
the demon into a peak, known as the Tieban Peak, to separate the Dawang Peak
from the Yunu Peak. Therefore, the two lovers couldn't see each other though
they were only a short distance away.
|Jaide Maiden Peak (the Yun¨¹