Brief Introduction to Nanping
Situated in the north of Fujian Province, Nanping is covered with luxuriantly green forests, hence the name the “Forest Sea in South China”. With an area of 27,278 sq km and a population of 3 million, Nanping is a hub of water and land transportation in North Fujian, a strategic passage between the coastal areas of Fujian and the inland, and a collecting and distributing center of materials.
Nanping embraces beautiful mountains and rivers, and a large number of historical sites, which are scattered all over the city.
Wuyi Mountain, a world cultural and natural heritage, is well known for its red sandstone landscapes, limpid stream waters and some historical sites of Minyue culture and Zhuzi culture. It enjoys the reputation of having the most beautiful scenery in Southeast China. The other main natural scenic spots in Nanping include Baoshan Mountain, Fozi Mountain, Mangdang Mountain, Tiancheng Qixia (Natural Grotesque Canyon) Scenic Zone, Guizong Rock and Kuangshan Mountain, which all sit by the exquisite waters, full of poetic charm. Hence Nanping is an ideal place for you to appreciate towering peaks.
The cultural heritages, represented by Ancient Heping Town in Shaowu, Xiamei Village at the foot of Wuyi Mountain, the Baoshan Temple in Shunchang and the Temple of Confucius in Jian’ou, show clusters of ancient architectural structures and deep and profound culture.
A photo tour of Nanping:
There are two railway stations in Nanping City, one on Hengpai Road and the other on Gongye Road. The Yingtan-Xiamen, Waiyang-Fuzhou and Hengfeng-Nanping railways run through the city.
The Nanping Bus Terminal is located on South Binjiang Road, with regular buses going to Fuzhou, Xiamen, Sanming, Gutian, Putian, Pingnan, Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Ganzhou and other cities. The Fuzhou-Yinchuan and Pucheng-Nanping expressways and No. 316 and 205 national highways run through Nanping City.
Nanping has more than 20 public bus routes. The fares for public buses range from one to two yuan, and most buses in the city are self-service. It’s also very convenient and cheap to travel within the city by taxi.
Nanping Cuisine involves a large variety of dishes, which are excellent in taste and shape, such as Braised Eight Treasures with Rabbit Meat, Braised Soft-shelled Turtle with Chinese Angelica, Boiled Pig Liver with the Fruits of Chinese Wolfberry, Stewed Young Chicken with Clear Soup, Sunyan (Fried Bamboo Shoots, Mushrooms, Vermicelli and other ingredients), Fried Bamboo Shoots with Mushrooms and Sichuan Salted Cabbages, Fried Pork Cubes in the shape of Lichee, Egg Custard, Spareribs in Wine Sauce, Eight Treasures and Fish Wrapped with Egg Pancakes, Smashed Chicken Meat and Fish Lips, Mantis Shrimps, and Poached Shark’s Fin.
The local snacks include rice cakes, smashed taro, spring rolls, yanpi (a snack made of minced meat and sweet potato powder), fish balls, nine-layer cakes, dried meat floss, cakes with onions and meat, pilidong cold drink, shuquguo (glutinous rice cakes stuffed with lard, cudweeds and other ingredients), and so on.
Shopping in Nanping
The main shopping streets in Nanping refer to Nanping Bayi Road, Nanping Jiefang Road, Nanping Shengli Road, Wuyishan Xilin Road, Shaowu Wuyijiu Road, Shaowu Ligang Road and Shaowu Bayi Road.
Nanping teems with a wide variety of local products, such as seeds of Job’s tears, Xianggu mushrooms, red mushrooms, edible funguses, Fujian bamboo shoots, hazelnuts, essential oil, Dongping soy sauce, Liuxiang Liquor, Fumao Liquor, Dahongpao Tea, Sweet-scented Osmanthus Tea, Black Dragon Tea, Zhenghe Gongfu Tea, Gongmei White Tea, Silver Needle White Tea, Oil Tea, Jianlian lotus seeds, white lotus seeds, lilies, narcissuses, ginkgoes, Jiyang wooden bowls, Songxi Zhanlu swords, tu paper, Song-style glazed utensils, wooden-pearl curtains, ancient-style wood-carving furniture, Meiqile foodstuff, Jian’ou dry-cured ducks, Ganggu smoked geese, spirulina, and so on.