Eight Places to Visit in Jiangxi
Jiangxi Province is home to some absolutely stunning scenery and amazing cultural artefacts. Here are eight amazing places in Jiangxi that are definitely worth taking the time to see.
Located about 20km south of the city of Yingtan, Longhu – meaning “Dragon Tiger Mountain” – is considered to be one of the birthplaces of Taoism. In addition to the stunning natural beauty of the area, several Taoist temples are built along the mountainside. The mountainsides are also home to ancient tombs built in the cliffside. To this day it has not been conclusively proven exactly how these were constructed on the steep cliffs of Longhu over 2500 years ago.
Located on the eastern bank of the Gan River in the provincial capital of Nanchang, the Tengwang Pavilion is one of the four most notable pavilions in China and is a great example of the type of architecture that China is known for around the world. The nine story building stands at 58 meters tall and was originally commissioned in 654 during the Tang Dynasty. It has undergone reconstruction several times, most recently between 1983 and 1989. Two smaller pavilions are also located in the complex, one on the north and one on the south side of the main building. The complex is reached by a nine-zigzag bridge and is surrounded with rock gardens and ponds.
Rightfully considered “The Most Beautiful Countryside in China”, Wuyuan is a picturesque area of the northwestern Jiangxi countryside. The quaint villages give you a real feel for the “real” China, away from the noise of the big cities. To see it in all its glory, the best time to visit is in the spring.
Guifeng (Turtle) Peak is located halfway between the cities of Shangrao and Yingtan. The area was named for the tallest rock formation, as this looks like a turtle raising its head. Guifeng has been described as a “Natural Zoo, Botanical Garden, and Oxygen Bar” due to the lush natural landscape of the area.
60 kilometers from Jingdezhen, the village of Yaoli produced ceramic and porcelain products from the Tang Dynasty up until around 1600. The town’s location away from any major transport routes led to this downfall, but the advantage of this has been that the town and its natural environment are well preserved, along with old porcelain making equipment such as the kilns. To experience an old, authentic Chinese village, Yaoli is a must see.
West Sea of Lushan Mountain (Zhelin Lake)
80 kilometers northwest of Nanchang, the clear waters of Zhelin Lake are home to 997 islands. In addition to the obvious natural beauty of the area, you may also find burial tombs and ancient stone carvings. Yijahe Hot Spring, on the southern side of the lake reaches 58.5℃ making it a great place to relax and recuperate.
The breathtaking scenery of Mingyue Mountain is located 31 kilometes southwest of Yichun. Mingyue translates to “bright moon”. The area is named so as the tallest peak resembles a semi circle. With both hot springs and pools at the bottom of waterfalls, you can enjoy the waters of Mingyue in any season. The area is not just a tourist site, but is also home to an animal and plant research centre.
Ruijin County in southeastern Jiangxi is home to some of the most important revolutionary sites in China. In the late 1920s, the Communists, including Mao Zedong, fled here to take advantage of the rugged landscape and relative isolation. In Ruijin you can find many buildings and cultural artefacts relating to the early days of the Revolution.