We were lucky enough to have two days out in the Wuyishan Mountain area, yet we didn’t come close to seeing everything the reserve had to offer!
This is the view of the town itself from our hostel. Despite the gloomy looking morning we actually had quite good weather!
Our first stop for the day (once again catching shuttle buses all over the place!) was to the tea plantations. Apparently the tea here is very good quality, because of the rocky nature of the mountains, and is quite expensive. Most of the bushes are various descendents of the Big Red Robe, the famous five tea trees on the stony outcrop below – if you can see them! The tea is only reserved for honored guests in China.
It was hot and humid again – just like every other day really! – so we stopped off for lunch in a nearby town before setting off on another hike. Our tour guide told us it wasn’t going to be as intense and steep as the hike the day before. Turns out it was just as steep, but not as long! The views were totally worth our exertions.
You can see our narrow path up the rock face! It took us forever to get down because the path was so steep and narrow, so we had to continually stop every few metres to let people pass.
Our final stop was a narrow cave, Thread of the Sky. There was a massive line to entre, as the cave gets so narrow it is hard for some bigger people to get through. Instead of waiting we elected to take a more quiet path off to the side and hiked up past sleeping bats and out to the top of the caves.
That night we had a group dinner, however the mysterious disappearance of our tour guide (he had to return to the top of the peak we hiked that day to collect something he forgot, though he wouldn’t tell us what!) resulted in us having the fend for ourselves! None of the restaurants in town had English menus, let alone spoke English. We eventually found a local place with pictures of the meals, and had fun – much to the amusement of the locals – picking our meals. After eating our fill we headed back over to the street food market to people watch and have some beers. A couple of people from our group were game enough to try the street food, despite watching the cooks kill a live fish on the footpath in front of our very eyes (they also had frogs). They stuck to corn, but apparently it was so spicy it was inedible!
It was certainly fun exploring this town and the nature around it. The street food did admittedly look delicious, but I don’t think my stomach could have handled it! Maybe another time!