New routes from China’s high-speed railway will bring travellers to some of the country’s most scenic destinations
Last month, China Railway introduced new high-speed train routes that will bring travellers to some of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.
For most, the highlight of these routes, which start from Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou or Guangzhou, will be their end point — Huang Shan, or the Yellow Mountains.
While travelling times to Huang Shan may seem long to some — it is a 4½- and 7-hour ride from Shanghai and Guangzhou respectively, for example — these routes are also dotted with other attractions well worth seeing, and all can be done as weekend getaways.
Take a look at our top four favorite spots along the new high-speed route:
1. Huang Shan
Huang Shan’s beautiful combination of craggy rock faces, lingering clouds and clustered pines make a remarkable Chinese landscape, and has been artistically reproduced as images on silk, paper and porcelain.
This beautiful mountain range has more than 70 peaks which are over 1,000m high, creating a gorgeous jumble
of scenic vistas in the southern province of Anhui, including twisted pines clinging to stony spires and fresh mountain springs.
Though the hike to Huang Shan’s peak is popular, cable cars are also available for those interested in the views without going through the uphill struggle on foot.
No matter how you get there, be sure to check out the sunrise from one of the peaks. It’s an experience not to
Known as the most picturesque village in China, Wuyuan, situated on the borders of Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Anhui Provinces, is one of the country’s top photography destinations. The area is filled with beautiful mountains, clear rivers and historic villages.
East of Wuyuan City is Jiangwan Village — an ancient village built in the Tang Dynasty. More than 1,000 years old, the village’s ancient architecture and cultural history attract travellers from all over China.
Besides Wuyuan’s natural beauty, the Jinshan Ecological Tea Garden is another attraction, allowing visitors to pluck, brew and drink tea on site.
3. Wuyi Shan (Mount Wuyi)
Wuyi Shan (Mount Wuyi) is a UNESCO World Heritage site, listed for its remarkable biodiversity and
The area is home to rare species including clouded leopards, giant salamanders and swallowtail butterflies. It also features nearly 100 archaeological sites, including ancient Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian temples.
Wuyi Shan is also praised for its tea and visitors should make a point of tasting some of the famed local varieties.
4. Sanqing Shan (Mount Sanqing)
Located just outside Shangrao in Jiangxi Province, Sanqing Shan (Mount Sanqing) is also on UNESCO’s World Heritage list and has been described as one of China’s top five most beautiful mountains.
The mountain was named after three of its peaks, which are said to resemble Taoist spirits, and combines many unique qualities, including tranquil surroundings and dramatic clouds, that make Chinese landscapes so memorable.
In fact, Sanqing Shan has been called an outdoor Taoist museum for its ancient temples, bridges and tombs,
including the 1,600-year-old Sanqing Palace. The surrounding Sanqing Shan National Park has an astonishing array of flora and fauna, as well as many distinct scenic areas and gardens.
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