Famed as the most picturesque countryside in China, Wuyuan is a beautiful dream.
A Morning Climb at Jiang Ling（江岭破晓之行）
Dawn time atop the Jiang Ling hill. It was a moment when everything was transfixed. And you would subconsciously hold your breath to soak in the silence.
As the sun rose up, the village afar began its brand new day while I found myself having lots of fun photographing in the Canola fields.
Clearly I was too late for the canola full blossom. Imagine an entire field full of dreamy yellow… Oh my, what a sight to behold.
The Li Village（李坑）
Don’t you wish this is the view to your backyard? :)
Numerous (touristy) shops and local restaurants and inns could be found along the main street. Not sure if your foreign stomach is adventurous enough to withstand the local hygiene standard where kitchen preparations are performed by the not-so-clear river…
Jiang Village, home to the ex-Premier Jiang Ze Min（江湾，江泽民的故乡）
Another village exploited by tourism. One naturally expects most of the residents would want to move out and start a more peaceful life elsewhere. Interestingly, however, most of the villagers stayed. Income from tourism is undeniably attractive to the locals. They could only find a way to make peace with themselves and the sometimes unbearable crowds.
Xiao Qi, A True Eco-village（生态家园晓起）
Wang Kou, Catch It Before Commercialisation（汪口，趁它还未被旅游业侵蚀之前赶紧看看吧）
Certainly the highlight of my trip. This quaint little town was made more special by my kind driver, Mr Chen, who is a local townsfolk. With a spontaneous and hospitable gesture, he invited me to his father’s house where I took a precious glimpse of the ancient architect that could be dated back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. So stay tuned, more to come in my next blog post :)
Overall Verdict: Despite its unavoidable commercialisation, Wuyuan is hands-down one of the most elegant and exquisite places I’ve been to in China.
Shaded with greens and trees, adorned with Canolas and nameless wild flowers, this place is a poem that breaths, that whispers, that bewitches, that keeps its visitors afloat in their dreams.
Travel Tips & Information（旅游小贴士）
- Getting in and around:
- By Air: There’s no airport in Wuyuan, the closest airports are in Huang Shan, Nan Chang and Jing De Zhen (I opted for Nan Chang which has the cheapest tickets from Beijing)
- By Bus: From Nan Chang to Wuyuan: Inter-city buses run 4 times daily, departing from Nan Chang Bus Terminal to Wuyuan main town (total journey = 280km, takes about 3+ hours)
- By Train: Good news, direct trains from Nan Chang to Wuyuan has been made possible this summer! Train tickets ranges from RMB150 – 250
- Car hire: to navigate around the sights westward and eastward of Wuyuan, suggest hiring a local driver (though 99% of them would not speak English) at about RMB500/day
- Using Wuyuan main town (marked by a star) as a starting point, the routes are split into the West line and East line (see map above)
- It took me about 2.5 days to finish the main sights on the East line
- Favourite sights: Morning climb at Jiang Ling and Wang Kou village
The Rest of My Wuyuan Story（另见婺源）:
- C for Canola（婺源。初春的一抹油菜花）