Mount Wuyi

By: renmenbi

Mount Wuyi, widely considered to be one of the most beautiful spots in China, stands south of Wuyishan, a city in Fujian province. The mountain's slopes are covered by a vast subtropical forest and dotted with a number of important archeological sites. Because of its natural beauty and its historical significance, Mount Wuyi was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

One of these important historical sites is the ruins of an ancient Han city built during the 1st century BC as an administrative center. The site is filled with important relics and Neo-Confucian temples. Numerous studies on the effects of Confucius's philosophies on Chinese culture have been based on the temples on Mount Wuyi. There are also a number of ruined Taoist temples and a once-magnificent palace.

Qiyu Hall, built during the Song Dynasty, was used at the time for praying for rain. Since the mountain has abundant rainfall, it was considered wise to build a temple to thank the rain gods for their abundance.

The mountain also has an abundance of waterways and canyons. The forest is so dense that these waterways are the only way to see it. Wuyi Canyon, over 14 kilometers long and 150 meters deep, is one of the most famous natural wonders on Mount Wuyi. The waters of the Tongmu River, which flow through it, glow green with the reflected light of the forest. The Nine Bends Brook, another famous waterway, is famous for the incredible sharpness of its turns, some of which go a full 180 degrees.

Mount Wuyi is also home to a large variety of animal life. Certain varieties of insects are peculiar to the mountain, found nowhere else in the world.

Mount Wuyi is also famous for its tea. Bohea and Oolong are two famous varieties of tea to grown in the area. Most tour packages of Mount Wuyi include tea-drinking experiences.

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