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Stop 9 - Likeng and Wuyuan


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After a very short bullet train to Wuyuan, we headed straight to our guesthouse in the old village of Likeng. The Wuyuan area is famous for its ancient villages and beautiful surroundings, and it did a pretty good job of living up to its reputation.

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Likeng was a very tiny place with streams running through the whole village, useful for fishing, plucking chickens and washing your clothes in if you're a local! There were plenty of small shops and well-preserved buildings to explore. The old buildings were used for a variety of things, some were lived in, some were for worshipping ancestors and one we especially liked which was 'the place for 'villagers to advise and to encourage others as well as persuade people to be good and learn manners'. We got pretty good at catching local buses/ lifts from locals for a few yuan to visit the nearby villages. The landscape was pretty spectacular, with green hills everywhere you look apart from the odd high speed rail track. Most of the villages were also surrounded by farmland and rice paddies.

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Lots of the buildings have these great 'moon doors', AKA hobbit doors...

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We spent a couple of days exploring these villages, before sharing a taxi for the day with a friendly Chinese couple, that took us to an area called Wolong Valley. The drive there was slightly interrupted by a queue as a landslide was cleared from the road, but the views were worth it. It was a beautiful, lush valley with a little cable car and plenty of steps to see the waterfall at the end.

On the way back we stopped for a pretty great lunch (it helps when you have Chinese people to do the ordering for you) and a trip to a huge cave (beats Wookey Hole hands down) that felt suspiciously like the Mines of Moria. After you walked through the maze of passages and steps, you caught a boat out to the daylight again.

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The final stop was a trip to the 'Rainbow Bridge's which was beautiful, but not massively rainbow-coloured.

Posted by Chloemillen92 18:31 Archived in China Tagged china wuyuan jiangxi

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