We traveled down the beautiful Nine Bend River on a traditional bamboo raft towards Tian You Peak in the Wuyi Mountain range in Fuzhou China.
Nine Bend River is a major scenic site of Mount Wuyi and famous for bamboo rafting through some of the most spectacular scenery in southeast China.
Human settlement on the slopes of Mount Wuyi can be traced back 4,000 years by archeological remains. During the Western Han Dynasty, the ancient city of Chengcun was the capital of the Minyue kingdom. In the 7th century, the Wuyi Palace was built for emperors to conduct sacrificial activities, a site that tourists can still visit today.
The mountains were an important center of Taoism and later Buddhism. Remains of 35 academies erected from the era of the Northern Song to the Qin Dynasty and more than 60 Taoist temples and monasteries have been located. However, most of these remains are very incomplete. Some of the exceptions for which authentic remains are preserved are the Taoyuan Temple, the Wannian Palace, the Sanqing Hall, the Tiancheng Temple, the Baiyun temple, and the Tianxin temple. The area is the cradle of Neo-Confucianism, a current that became very influential since the 11th century.
The river originates from the deep forest of western Mount Wuyi. Nine Bend River resembles a flowing ribbon which strings 36 peaks, 99 rock cliffs and 9 abrupt turns along its course.
Though with average altitude of the mountains is around 400m, peak clusters are steep, diversified and visually stunning. Due to the subtropical weather, the stone peaks are covered in lush vegetation.
The area is marked by mountains rivers, waterfalls and streams that evoke the poetic beauty and aesthetic advocated by traditional Chinese culture.
For centuries the natural scenery of the area has inspired scholars, poets, painters and calligraphers.
Along the route you will catch a glimpse of cultural relics like 18 suspension coffins, 35 Academic Relics of famous scholars include Zhuxi 450 m2 stone inscriptions. In 1982, Mount Wuyi was listed as the first batch of National Scenic Site. In 2007, it was authorized as the 5A Tourism Site by National Tourism Bureau.
The Wuyi Mountains has a long history of tea cultivation. The four most widely known varieties of Wuyi tea are referred to as the Four Famous Bushes: Big Red Robe, Iron Arhat, White Cockscomb, and Golden Turtle. Lapsang souchong also originates from the area.
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