August 4, 2017

Wenzhou, China: One-day Itinerary for Nanxi River Area, Zhejiang Province; things to do + restaurant review

NANXI RIVER AREA  


This day trip in Zhejiang Province is not far from Wenzhou, China.  And believe it or not!, you can do this entire itinerary in one day!


Yandang Mountain National Geological Park/Mt. Yandangshan Global Geo Park  

The Yandang Mountains coastal range dominates the eastern part of Wenzhou.  Known for its natural beauty, the area features many vertical rock faces and pinnacles, mountain slopes with lush forests and bamboo groves, streams with clear water, waterfalls, and caves.  Also known as “Wild Goose Pond Mountain,” Yandang Mountain is a UNESCO World Geological Park.  It offers a rare combination of both scientific and aesthetic value and is ranked among the top 10 mountains in China, Yangdang was formed 12 million years ago and is one of the most complete Cretaceous rhyolitic ancient volcanic caldera.  It is called “the natural museum of volcano.”  Visit the beautiful Dalongqiu (“Big Dragon”) Waterfall and the Lingfeng scenic area, which is famous for its steep peaks and various shaped rocks.  In the Lingyan scenic area, you can see the “Flying Man” glide and perform acrobatics from one mountain peak to another using a harness.  The area also has many temples and shrines that are built inside caves or in the mouths of caves.  Visitors climb up 407 steps to reach the 9-level Guanyin Temple, a Buddhist temple built in 265 inside a hillside cave between two rock peaks leaning against each other.  The temple follows the natural rock structure, and a shrine is in the highest, most hidden part of the cave.

          Shizhiyan Cliff Scenic Spot  With jagged Shiwei Rock/Shizhi Hill as the dramatic backdrop, this area of the park offers a relatively easy two-hour hike through varied terrain that includes bamboo forests and a rushing river.  Several stepping-stone bridges add some challenge.  Half-way through, a short boat ride on a still, scenic section of the river is an option to cut down on climbing.  After the ride, benches and some simple snacks are available at a resting spot.”

Shiwei Rock/Shizhi Hill in Shizhiyan Cliff Scenic Spot in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
Shiwei Rock/Shizhi Hill in Shizhiyan Cliff Scenic Spot in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


crossing river in Shizhiyan Cliff Scenic Spot in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
crossing river in Shizhiyan Cliff Scenic Spot in Zhejiang Province,
Wenzhou, China


taking photo in Shizhiyan Cliff Scenic Spot in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
taking photo in Shizhiyan Cliff Scenic Spot in Zhejiang Province,
Wenzhou, China


hikers in Shizhiyan Cliff Scenic Spot in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
hikers in Shizhiyan Cliff Scenic Spot in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


tourist boat crossing river in Shizhiyan Cliff Scenic Spot in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
tourist boat crossing river in Shizhiyan Cliff Scenic Spot in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China





snack stand in Shizhiyan Cliff Scenic Spot in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
snack stand in Shizhiyan Cliff Scenic Spot in Zhejiang Province,
Wenzhou, China


LINGSHANG Renjia village  

Fronted by a river, and built into the hills behind, this small 400-year-old Chinese mountain village is home to 47 families.  Because of its very fresh air, it is nicknamed “Natural Oxygen Bar.”  It is a full-on tourist destination, with restaurants, tea houses, and hotels operating within many of the old buildings, most of which have been renovated.

Lingshang Renjia village in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
Lingshang Renjia village in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


suspension bridge in Lingshang Renjia village in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
suspension bridge in Lingshang Renjia village in Zhejiang Province,
Wenzhou, China


stairway path in Lingshang Renjia village in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
stairway path in Lingshang Renjia village in Zhejiang Province,
Wenzhou, China


outdoor kitchen in Lingshang Renjia village in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
outdoor kitchen in Lingshang Renjia village in Zhejiang Province,
Wenzhou, China


villager in Lingshang Renjia village in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
villager in Lingshang Renjia village in Zhejiang Province,
Wenzhou, China


villager in Lingshang Renjia village in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
villager in Lingshang Renjia village in Zhejiang Province,
Wenzhou, China


Restaurants serve local specialties, including roasted baby goat, which is brought to the table whole and which diners don plastic gloves to eat.

restaurant chef in Lingshang Renjia village in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
restaurant chef in Lingshang Renjia village in Zhejiang Province,
Wenzhou, China

 
roasted baby goat at restaurant in Lingshang Renjia village in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
roasted baby goat at restaurant in Lingshang Renjia village in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


CANGPO Ancient Village  

In Yantou Town, Yongjia County.  15yuen.  

Situated on the  Nanxi River, this ancient village dates to the 1100s and features traditional Chinese architecture.  The village’s walls, houses, paths, pavilions, temples, and pools retain their ancient style, and the village maintains its original layout.  Cangpo is a single-surname village, settled and developed by a population of which all claim the surname Li.  A garden with flowers, two lotus ponds, and ancient cypress trees remain, and a Chess Museum can be visited inside an ancient house.  An ancient wedding ceremony performance is included with admission, and a farmhouse dinner is an option.  Kunqu Opera of Yongjia County is a living fossil.  Southern China’s local classical opera is today performed professionally in only seven mainland Chinese cities, including Hangzhou (Zhejiang Province Kunqu Theatre).

scenic buildings at Cangpo Ancient Village in Yantou Town in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
scenic buildings at Cangpo Ancient Village in Yantou Town in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


field workers in Cangpo Ancient Village in Yantou Town in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
field workers in Cangpo Ancient Village in Yantou Town in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


scenic fields in Cangpo Ancient Village in Yantou Town in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
scenic fields in Cangpo Ancient Village in Yantou Town in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


Chess Museum in Cangpo Ancient Village in Yantou Town in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
Chess Museum in Cangpo Ancient Village in Yantou Town in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


ancient chess set at Chess Museum in Cangpo Ancient Village in Yantou Town in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
ancient chess set at Chess Museum in Cangpo Ancient Village in Yantou Town
in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


villagers in Cangpo Ancient Village in Yantou Town in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
villagers in Cangpo Ancient Village in Yantou Town in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


temple art in Cangpo Ancient Village in Yantou Town in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
temple art in Cangpo Ancient Village in Yantou Town in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


Kunqu Opera in Cangpo Ancient Village in Yantou Town in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
Kunqu Opera in Cangpo Ancient Village in Yantou Town in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


Lishui Ancient Street  

With a 400-year-history, this ancient curved commercial street stretches along a canal and is lined on one side with shops.  There is plenty of opportunity to mingle with locals here.

Lishui Ancient Street in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
Lishui Ancient Street in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


river cleaner at Lishui Ancient Street in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
river cleaner at Lishui Ancient Street in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


game players at Lishui Ancient Street in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
game players at Lishui Ancient Street in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


villagers at Lishui Ancient Street in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
villagers at Lishui Ancient Street in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


villagers at Lishui Ancient Street in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
villagers at Lishui Ancient Street in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


Nanxi River bamboo rafting  

Yongjia Town, Yongjia County.  

The Nanxi River is a branch of the Ou River--the largest river in the Wenzhou area--and is famous for its 36 bends and 72 beaches.  More than 200 ancient villages dot the river, which also boasts beautiful mountain scenery and river banks lined with beech forests.  A quiet ride on the clear water of the Nanxi River aboard a bamboo raft is a must.  Sometimes cormorant fishing is demonstrated.  The Nanxi River and its Kun Qu (a type of local music) are a UNESCO Non-material Heritage of the world.

bamboo rafting on the Nanxi River in Yongjia Townt in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
bamboo rafting on the Nanxi River in Yongjia Townt in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


Kun Qu player entertains bamboo rafters on the Nanxi River in Yongjia Townt in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
Kun Qu player entertains bamboo rafters on the Nanxi River in Yongjia Townt in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


cormorant fishing is demonstrated for bamboo rafters on the Nanxi River in Yongjia Townt in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
cormorant fishing is demonstrated for bamboo rafters on the Nanxi River
in Yongjia Townt in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


bamboo rafting on the Nanxi River in Yongjia Townt in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
bamboo rafting on the Nanxi River in Yongjia Townt in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China


bamboo rafting on the Nanxi River in Yongjia Townt in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China
bamboo rafting on the Nanxi River in Yongjia Townt in Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou, China






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images and video ©2017 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

3 comments:

  1. Love this post, Carole! Perhaps your best one yet! the photos are incredible. I can see where a trip to China would be a life changing experience.

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    1. Hope you get here someday. This area is off the beaten path for westerners.

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  2. Holy cow, you covered a lot of ground in a day. Each sight was so visually appealing. I was in China last year and you are so right-a life changing experience!

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