The second World Heritage site visited was Wuyishan, or Wuyi Mountain. We took a long train ride to get there from Fuzhou (about six hours), but it was well worth the trip!
Wuyishan is known as a resort area and we could definitely see a difference in the care that they’ve taken to make this area tourist friendly. Lots of shuttle buses are available to take you to a variety of local cultural sites, a walkable “downtown” with lots of shops, restaurants, and hotels, and even a light and music show at a local amphitheater.
In the morning, we took a bamboo raft ride down the Jiuquxi river. Definitely a highlight of the trip – beautiful scenery and great experience.
We also got to see a part of the mountain called “Thread in the Sky” where you can walk between two massive rocks and see a small slit toward the sky – not exactly a trip for the claustophobic, but an interesting phenomenon to see.
In the afternoon, we hiked up Heavenly Peak so that we could look down to the tea canyons below (and the river we floated on earlier that morning). It was quite the hike up and we were feeling victorious to have made it to the top (there’s a half-way point where you can turn around – but you know that’s not the librarian way).
Finally, that evening, we watched an outdoor theater production called Da Hing Pao, a wonderful show about “cha” (tea). The 1800-seat theater sat on a 360-degree rotating platform, so during the show, the audience was turned “en masse” to different portions of the stage, including a tea plantation, tea house, the river, and more! The show used over 100 performers and was a spectacular light and music display. We weren’t allowed to take pictures during the show – so we can’t share the event with you visually, but it will stay in our memories for a long time!
On Sunday, we visited Wuyi College and Lori presented on Academic Library Design to a sizable group of students and staff (or at least we thought it was sizable for a Sunday morning @ 9:00!) There was great interest in our presentation, as the library is currently renovating some of its areas and we had some great questions and discussion about making the academic library a comfortable learning space.
Then, we were back on the train and headed back for Fuzhou…