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Drum Mountain is Fuzhou's largest attraction. Already during the Jin Dynasty, it was famous for its "incomparable beauty." It is 10 km away. south of the city, on the banks of the Minjiang River. The highest peaks are the Lion Peak, the White Cloud and the Alms Cup (among Buddhist monks). In the mountains there are about 160 attractions, among which the central place is occupied by the temple at the source of Gushin. Since ancient times, scientists and poets have sought to get here. They left many poems and inscriptions on the rocks, in which they admired the amazing beauty of these places.

The temple at the source of Gushin is one of the oldest in the province of Fujian. He is over 1,000 years old. The inscription at the entrance of the "Temple at the source of Gushin" was made by the emperor Kangxi himself (1654-1722, reigned 1662-1722). In front of the temple in 1080 during the Northern Song Dynasty, two pagodas were built. The height of the 9-story pagoda is 7 m. Inside are 1,038 figures of Buddhas and 72 images of monks and warriors.

Behind the temple there is a trail that leads to the top of Drum Mountain. The height of the mountain is 925 m. It is a great place to enjoy the sunrise. An 8.5-kilometer trail leads from the temple to the foot of the mountain. It consists of 2,145 steps. To the west of the temple are 18 caves. And if you go east, then you can get into the Pavilion of the Curving Dragon. Further, passing through the thicket, you will find yourself at Lingyuan Cave. A lot of legends and myths are associated with these places. Since the Song Dynasty, over 300 inscriptions have been left on the rocks. This is a real museum of Chinese calligraphy!

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The mountain drum (Gu Shan) and its surroundings are considered a legendary place in the Fuzhou city district, as they combine the amazing beauty of nature and the numerous historical monuments of the Jin Dynasty. For centuries, great thinkers, poets and just ordinary people have been striving for grief-drum. This is due to the fact that next to the mountain are the largest Buddhist temples and thousand-year-old pagodas built at the beginning of the XI century. The interior of the pagodas is decorated with small Buddha figures (1037 pieces), as well as ancient drawings depicting monks and Chinese warriors.

Mount Drum itself is 10 kilometers from Fuzhou City. The main reference point for tourists is the Minjiang River and the three highest peaks (Cup, White Lake, Leo). Outwardly, the mountain resembles a hill of flat boulders stacked on top of each other, on which you can see a huge number of calligraphic inscriptions left by Chinese monks and poets. An interesting fact is that during a thunderstorm, flat boulders begin to make peculiar sounds similar to drum beats. Therefore, since ancient times, the mountain has been compared with this musical instrument.

It is most convenient to get to the top of the mountain along a narrow path consisting of 2143 stone steps. The climb is quite difficult, but in the end you will find yourself among untouched landscapes and you can watch the magnificent sunrise. Among the Chinese, there is a legend that a person who met a sunrise on a mountain-drum will live forever. That is why ancient thinkers and followers of Buddha spent a lot of time in this place, shrouded in folk myths.

How to get to Fuzhou

There are no direct flights to Fuzhou from Russian cities. From Moscow to Fuzhou you can get through Guangzhou (from there to the destination 1 hour 40 minutes fly), Beijing (3 hours) and Wuhan (1 hour 30 minutes). Air carrier - China Southern Airlines.

Shuttles regularly go from the airport to the city center (50 km), 1 hour on the road. Buses arrive at the train station and to nearby hotels. A taxi ride will cost 130-170 CNY. Prices on the page are for November 2018.

Find Flights to Fuzhou

Fuzhou's attractions are scattered throughout the city. And here municipal buses come to the rescue, conveniently connecting the center with the outskirts. From May 15 to October 15, air-conditioned buses leave the routes (more expensive than regular transport). Fuzhou is quite convenient for traveling by car: wide avenues, lots of free parking. City officials are encouraging environmental initiatives, so the city has an extensive network of bike paths and bike rental stations.

A taxi costs 10 CNY for the first 3 km and 3 CNY for each subsequent one, at night the price rises by 20%.

Fuzhou Hotels

Fuzhou is a metropolis with about 8 million people. Therefore, the city has an excellent selection of hotels both from world hotel operators such as Hyatt, Crown Plaza and Intercontinental, as well as from Chinese chains. Almost all 5 * hotels are located in the northern part, the cost of a night in a standard double room is 530-700 CNY. You can settle in a 4 * hotel near the main city river of Minjiang for 300-560 CNY, and in the treshka - for 140-290 CNY. Thrifty travelers should pay attention to apartments - apartments for knocks are rented here for 100-150 CNY, hostels - 40-60 CNY per bed.

Cuisine and restaurants

The cuisine of Fujian, whose capital is Fuzhou, is one of China's 8 great cuisines. Her chip - a variety of sauces, abundantly added to almost all dishes. These sweet and sour gravy makes meat and fiber vegetables very tender. A typical dish: “Buddha is jumping over the wall” (a thick soup of shark fins, quail eggs, bamboo shoots, chicken, mushrooms and other ingredients).

On average, a dinner for one in a good Chinese restaurant costs 60-80 CNY, lunch at McDonald’s - 20-30 CNY.

Fuzhou Attractions

The hilly terrain, the proximity of the sea and the habitability of the territory contributed to the fact that many ancient monuments have been preserved in Fuzhou. But natural masterpieces successfully compete with man-made masterpieces. Perhaps the main one is West Lake Park in the north-west of the city (Hubin Road, 70). It was founded in the 3rd century, and during its existence managed to grow not only impressive banyan trees, but also nice pavilions, bridges, towers.

In the very center of the city is Yu Mountain or Jade Mountain (Yushan Road). Today, on its slopes and summit, a small nature protection zone with an abundance of historical places is organized. Among them - the symbol of Fuzhou - the White Tower with a height of 45 m, temples, fortifications, palaces.

Sichan Monastery is an ancient sanctuary of the 7th century, which is located in the west of the city at the foot of Mount I (Gunye Road). On the territory of the Buddhist complex there are 38 buildings: halls, pavilions, houses, towers and a stupa, as well as ponds, bridges and a garden, which occupies 77 thousand square meters. m, with thousand-year-old lychee fruit trees. The temple has preserved beautiful 17th-century murals. Entrance: 20 CNY.

The National Forest Park, also known as the Fuzhou Botanical Garden, is located in the northern suburbs 7 km from the city center (Jinyang District, Fufei Road). Its territory is divided into 6 parts: a bamboo forest, a tree sector, a sector of cultural landscapes, a Dragon pool, a Forest Museum and a bird garden.

Surrounded on three sides by mountains and on one side by a reservoir, the park is literally crammed with beauties: exotic plants, lakes, waterfalls, rocky outcrops.

Three Lanes and Seven Alleys (Sanfang Qixiang) are the name of the lovely neighborhoods in the center of Fuzhou. This is the largest historical district in China, occupying 400 thousand square meters. m. Lanes and alleys consist of hundreds of houses built from rough stone and decorated with ornaments and carvings of 14-19 centuries. Despite their historical status, people live in these houses, but they are not simple: officials and local celebrities.

Minshashan Mountains

Mount Minshashan with peaks of a dagger-like shape stretches from the cliff of the Mogao Caves from south to north for 20 kilometers. The mountain is also called the "mountain of ringing sand." She got this name from an unusual natural phenomenon: from touching the sand on the sandy slope of the mountain her ringing sound is heard.

In the Minshashan mountains, there are Mogao caves ("Caves of a Thousand Buddhas") with a total length of 2 kilometers. The beginning of their construction dates back to 366. The caves are read over 700. Inside them are stored ancient wall paintings covering an area of ​​45 thousand square meters. 492 caves have colored murals and sculptures. In 1987, the caves were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as the most valuable Buddhist places of worship.