Wuyuan County holds the title for having the most beautiful villages in China. Its mystic scenery, hazy mist, quaint houses, stone paths, and gallery bridges compose ancient scenes and bring forth memories of legendary times.
Wuyuan sits on the northeast corner of Jiangxi Province, in southeast China. It isn’t far from China’s pottery capital, Jingdezhen, nor is it far from the legendary mountain range of Huangshan. Let’s look at some features of Wuyuan’s indisputable beauty.
Take a deep breath
Forests cover up to 82 percent of Wuyuan, but in the mountainous areas, it goes as high as 96 percent. All of this greenery makes breathing a pleasure, and enriches Wuyuan with abundant oxygen. This contrasts with many other areas in China that contain dangerously high levels of air pollution.
Flowers everywhere you look
Wuyuan looks like a dream. It seems an endless sea of flowers—pink peach flowers, yellow rapeseed flowers, and white pear blossoms, all bordered by blue sky and green mountains. In between the flowers you can spot tiny bridges, flowing rivers, pink walls, cyan bricks, dark blue tiles, ancient streets, and quartzite-plate laid alleys. Everything integrates harmoniously, like a living Chinese brush painting.
Seeing morning mists left a divine imprint on my soul
When I reached Wuyuan’s Shicheng Village one year while traveling, I met a downpour of torrential rain. The next morning, I got up to see the entire Wuyuan area shrouded in mist. I could see what looked like a watercolor painting of a crescent moon in the distance of misty clouds and mountains, an otherworldly sight.
Rapeseed flowers spring to life
A golden yellow sea of rapeseed flowers fill Wuyuan during spring, especially at Wuyuan’s famous flower terraces. You’ll also see the sun and pink clouds rise from the river, yellow birds sing in the warm breeze, and grass get greener than you’ve ever seen it.
Visit during the middle of March through the beginning of April to see seas of blooming yellow rapeseed flowers.
Exquisite old-style architecture
The architecture in Wuyuan represents the Huizhou school of architecture popular during the Qing and Ming dynasties. This style consists of sculpted brick, stone, and wood. Wuyuan is one of the few places where the authentic historical appearance of many structures is still well preserved. It is astonishing how the ancient flavor of these buildings persists despite floods of tourists and drastic changes to China’s landscape.
The Wuyuan Museum is rated as the top county-level museum in China. The museum is loaded with over tens of thousands of pieces of cultural relics, folk culture items, and art. It is a unique museum within a most unique part of China.