It seems I am slowly getting there with catching up with all my photos from China, Hong Kong and Malaysia! I know I could probably compress the whole trip down into two or three posts, but I would rather not make the posts a million pages long. Plus it is always enjoyable looking back through these memories!
Our sleeper train from Shanghai dropped us off at Wuyishan at about 6am in the morning. This was a good half an hour ahead of schedule, so we were all a bit frantic getting off the train. We were all still half asleep standing on the platform before we realised we had left one of our team on the train! Thankfully the train hung around for a few minutes and our tour guide was able to run back on and wake him up.
Wuyishan itself as a town has not much to offer other than tea shops and street food, but the main attraction is Wuyishan Mountain, a UNESCO heritage reserve a short bus ride away. Our tour included two days entry into the reserve, and we had perfect weather (despite a typhoon looming in the weather reports!). It was certainly refreshing after spending the past few days in the hustle and bustle of big cities like Chengdu and Shanghai.
We started off our first day at Wuyishan Mountain sitting on rickety looking bamboo rafts down the river. Allegedly one of the most beautiful rivers in China, the views we took in whilst
burning basking in the sun were truly spectacular.
Once we climbed off we were straight off for a hike up to the main view point in the reserve. We had to catch shuttle buses between all these locations due to the size of the place! However, the shuttle bus didn’t go anywhere near the top on the mountain, so it was a steep hike ahead of us!
As you can see in the photos below, the path was pretty steep! It was also quite narrow and crowded, making climbing up and down a bit challenging. However, it was thoroughly enjoyable (despite also being covered in sweat from the scorching heat!) and the views at the top were 100% worth it. It was also pretty hilarious watching some people trying to hike up in high heels – it seems they missed the memo about the 800+ steps to the top!
That afternoon we were all pretty exhausted, and collapsed back at our hostel for a rest and a well needed shower. A couple of us ventured out for dinner and wound up at a place allegedly serving Australian steak, before sitting in the neighborhood street market for some beers and people watching.
Wuyishan Mountain was definitely one of the highlights of my trip to China!