Located to the north of Xiamen, Sanming has rich tourism resources. A cultural site of palaeoanthropology about 200,000 years ago has been found here. Ninghua Shibi, where was the transfer station during the great migration of the Hakkas, is known as the "Ancestral Land of the Hakkas." Sanming has given birth to a number of celebrities in Chinese history, such as Yang Shi (1053-1135) and Zhu Xi (1130-1200) who were famous scholars of the Song Dynasty; Huang Shen (1687-1768), a noted painter of the Qing Dynasty; and Yin Bingshou (1754-1815), a calligrapher of the Qing Dynasty. Now Sanming embraces 58 tourist attractions featuring "mountains, waters, caves, forests, rocks and ancient culture," of which three are key national scenic areas (Taining Great Golden Lake, Yong'an Taoyuan Cave - Stone Forest, and Jiangle Yuhua Cave); four are national AAAA  tourism areas (Taining Big Golden Lake, Yong'an Taoyuan Cave, Meilie Ruiyun Mountain, and Sanyuan Geshikao); one is national nature reserve (Jiangle Longqi Mountain); two are national forest parks (Taining Mao'er Mountain National Forest Park, and Sanyuan National Forest Park); one is national geopark (Taining Great Golden Lake); and three are key relic units under state protection (the Ming architectural complex in the Minister's Residence in Taining, Sanyuan Longevity Rock and Yong'an Anzhen Castle).

Main Tourist Attractions in Sanming

Taining Global Geopark

Situated in the northwest of Fujian Province, it is composed of 8 scenic areas, including Golden Lake, Shangqing Stream, Zhaixia Grand Canyon, Taining Ancient City, geological garden, Nine-Dragon Lake, Zhuangyuan Rock and Mao'er Hill. It is a comprehensive geopark with the young Danxia landform as the mainstay, complemented by many kinds of geological remains, such as granites. volcanic rocks and structural geology and landform. With a favorable ecological environment and abundant historical sites, the park embraces 26 kinds of landform scenic sites, such as zigzag streams, peaks, valleys, rocks, stalactites and waterfalls.

Greater Golden Lake integrates a vast area of blue waves and Danxia landform. The sands at the riverbed contain golden sands, hence the name. Around the lake, tourists can find more than 100 scenic spots and historical sites. such as White Water Waterfall. Big Precipice, Young Master Peak. Skyline on Water, Secluded Valleys, Tiger Head Rock, Mao'er Hill. Ganlu Temple, Ancient Liquan Temple and the minister's tomb.

With 99 bends and 88 shoals, the Shangging Stream meanders among deserted red rocks and green peaks. Drifting along the Shangqing Stream is the longest and most beautiful trip for tourists to appreciate the Danxia landform in China.

Drifting along the Shangging Stream is the longest and most beautiful trip for tourists to appreciate the Danxia landform in China. Taining Geological Garden features the Avenue of Geological Celebrities, Geological Popular Science Hall, weird rocks of Taining, classical gardens and the GIS demonstration system.

Taoyuan Cave

On both banks of the Yanjiang River, 1 0 kilometers north of Yong'an City. the scenic zone has an area of 28.78 square kilometers, and enjoys a reputation of "Lesser Mount Wuyi." In ancient times, many palm trees grew on the mountain, hence the name Bingla Mountain in history. With the entrance of Taoyuan Cave as the axial center, the scenic zone consists of 73 tourist attractions, which falls into five sub-zones-Taoyuan Cave, Baizhang Rock. Geli, Xiuzhu Bay and Bingla Pond, jogged rocks of grotesque shapes, lushly growing trees, blue water and red precipices can be found everywhere, presenting queer, picturesque, exquisite, secluded and dangerous scenic wonders. It was listed as a key national scenic area in 1994.

Ancient  City of Gongchuan

It is located in Gongchuan Town 10 kilometers from Taoyuan Cave Scenic Area. The town has well-preserved city walls. which were constructed in the Jiajing reign (1522-1566) of the Ming Dynasty, over 2,000 meters long and 79 meters high. The academy in the castle constructed at the end of the Ming Dynasty holds 100,000 copies of books. The delicately shaped Huiqing Bridge outside the castle was built between the end of the Ming Dynasty and the early Qing Dynasty.

Yuhua Cave

Lying at the foot of Tianjie Mountain seven kilometers south of Jiangle County, the cave holds jade-like rocks which are dazzling in all directions, hence the name Yuhua (Jade Dazzling) Cave. Yuhua Cave extends over 5 kilometers, and the main cave is 2.5 kilometers long. It is the largest and longest limestone cave in Fujian.

Yuhua Cave holds two main passages and six lesser caves. i.e., Zanghe. Leigong, Guozi. Huangni, Xiyuan and Baiyun, which are distributed disorderly on three levels. Walking along the zigzagged paths in the cave, tourists may feel as if they come to a labyrinth. The cave also has three streams, namely Stone Spring, Well Spring and Soul Spring. which have limpid and shallow waters. Over 180 scenic sights can be found in the cave, such as Decorated Jade Palace. Thirsty Dragon Drinking Water, Morning Light, Green Penglai Island, Eagle Standing Still, and Weeping Candles in the Wind, which are all formed by corroded limestone. The Immortal Field, the Stove for Making Pills of Immortality, Litchi Pillar, Dragon Jumping out of the Sea, Boy Paying Homage to Goddess of Mercy are the most vivid and lifelike.

At the entrance, tourists can find a scenic sight of "Fanning the Winds", where there is a nip in the air even in summers. At the exit, tourists will view the scene of the "Five Watches of the Night," where visitors can experience the process from dawn to daylight. The temperature in the cave is about 10 ℃, warm in winters and cool in summers, so it is suitable for tourists to do sightseeing all the year round. On the cliffs at the entrance and exit of Yuhua Cave, many cliffside inscriptions of the Song Dynasty are preserved.

Transport to Sanming

Tourists can get on N572 air-conditioned express train at Xiamen Railway Station to Sanming, which departs at 08:30am and arrives at 14:41 pm. Luxury buses go from Xiamen Long-distance Bus Station to 5anming regularly, which takes about 5 to 6 hours.

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