The Nanxi River (nán xī jiāng 楠溪江) is located in Yongjia County (yǒng jiā xiàn 永嘉县) of Zhejiang Province (zhè jiāng shěng 浙江省). It is 23 kilometers from Wenzhou City (wēn zhōu shì 温州市), with Yandang Mountains (yàn dàng shān 雁荡山) on the east, the Xiandu (xiān dōu 仙都) on the west and the Xianju (xiān jū 仙居) on the north. The river is a famous state-level scenic spot with a total area of 625 square kilometers. It was praised as the Cradle of Chinese Landscape Painting (zhōng guó shān shuǐ huà de yáo lán 中国山水画的摇篮).
Nanxi River is famous for its clean water, rare rocks, waterfall, ancient villages and shoals. The main scenic spots of the Nanxi River area include the Baizhang Waterfall (bǎi zhàng pù 百丈瀑), the Furong Triangle Rock (fú róng sān yá 芙蓉三崖), the Waterfall of Tengxi Pool (téng xī tán pù 藤溪潭瀑), the Twelve Peaks (shí èr fēng 十二峰), the Taogong Cave (táo gōng dòng 陶公洞), the Warehouse Under The Cliff (yá xià kù 崖下库), the Furong Ancient Village (fú róng gǔ cūn 芙蓉古村), the Peace Rock (tài píng yán 太平岩) and the Lion Rock (shī zǐ yán 狮子岩), etc.. Generally speaking, the scenic area can be divided into seven parts, including Nanxi River, Daruo Rock (dà ruò yán 大箬岩), Shiwei Rock (shí wéi yán 石桅岩), Water Rock (shuǐ yán 水岩), Sihai Hill (sì hǎi shān 四海山), Dou Gate (dǒu mén 陡门) and North Vally (běi kēng 北坑). Of them, Nanxi River and the ancient villages are the most attractive.
Nanxi River winds 150 kilometers (93.2 miles) through Yongjia County from north to south and empties into the Oujiang River before flowing into the East Sea. The river has abundant water and never dries up and is said to have 39 bends and 72 shoals. The Nanxi River is praised by visitors for its original beauty, and the waters here are pure and soft. Containing 0.0001 gram of sand per cubic meter, the water has been praised by experts as the Best Water under Heaven. Looking into the river, visitors can see the reflections of the trees on both sides, waving their leaves gently, and the little fishes swimming freely among the glossy cobbles in the river. The perfect view will make visitors relaxed and happy. On the upper reaches of the river and its branches, there are many hills made up of tuff and rhyolite. They stand lofty and firm, forming a stark contrast with the graceful river. The various grottos on the cliff are also fascinating.
Apart from the water and rocks, there are many ancient villages which are hidden among the green forest. The villages preserve historical features and many traditional cultural relics. Here, you can learn about the evolution of farming and patriarchal clan in ancient China. Furthermore, the layout of most of the villages follows the unique traditional culture of China. Of all the villages in the scenic area, Furong Village is the oldest one. It has a history of more than 1,200 years. The village is square and faces east. There is a Furong Pond (fú róng chí 芙蓉池) in the middle of it. The pond is 43 meters long and 13 meters wide, commonly named Dadou (dà dòu 大斗). Cangpo Village (cāng pō cūn 苍坡村) and Yantou Village (yán tóu cūn 岩头村) are also very famous.
Nanxi River is not only famous for its beautiful sceneries, but also for the relic site of Neolithic Age (xīn shí qì shí dài 新石器时代) and ancient architecture of pagodas, bridges, kiosks, stone archways and battlefield relics, which are from Tang (táng cháo 唐朝), Song (sòng cháo 宋朝), Yuan (yuán cháo 元朝), Ming (míng cháo 明朝) and Qing Dynasties (qīng cháo 清朝). China cultural heritage like traditional geomancy, ancient stationery and old family genealogies are invaluable materials for history lovers and scholars.
Address: in Yongjia County of Zhejiang Province, 23 kilometers from Wenzhou City
The Shiwei Rock: RMB 50
The Warehouse Under The Cliff: RMB 15
The Peace Rock: RMB 10
The Furong Ancient Village: RMB 20
The Twelve Peak: RMB 30
The Taogong Cave: RMB 10
Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Take No. 33 bus from the Wenzhou Railway Station (wēn zhōu huǒ chē zhàn 温州火车站) to the Anlanting Ferry (ān lán tíng mǎ tóu 安澜亭码头). Then take a boat across the river to Oubei Town (ōu běi zhèn 瓯北镇), where there are minibuses to every scenic spot in the Nanxi River Scenic Zone.
Drifting in Nanxi River is a hottest activity. You sit in a bamboo made catamaran which will drift very fast with the river waves, so exciting. It is really a good experience.
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