Wuyuan, Jiangxi Province | Hiking through fields of flowers near a village
Hiking through fields of flowers near a village.

Wuyuan and Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province (4 days)

Visit rural Wuyuan to hike trails through fields of flowers and explore ancient villages and ancestral halls; stop by Jingdezhen to experience a porcelain workshop and visit the 798-inspired Taoxichuan Art District.

Level 3
Includes moderately-difficult hikes and walks. (Can I do it?)

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Trip overview
Day One main activities Meet up at the train station and take the high-speed train to Wuyuan, check in at the hotel in Yancun, explore Yancun Village.
Day Two main activities Walking tour of Sixi Village and a long hike between Fangcun Village and Jujing Village, visit Baizhu Ancestral Hall, overnight in Qinghua Village.
Day Three main activities Hike in the Jiangling area, explore Wangkou Village and the Yu Ancestral Hall, short hike around Lingjiao Village, overnight in Qinghua Village.
Day Four main activities Visit a local market and take a look at the Rainbow Bridge, drive to Jingdezhen, visit Jingdezhen’s Porcelain Museum and try painting your own porcelain, visit Taoxichuan Art District, flight back to Beijing.

Getting yourself to Wuyuan

Please buy your own train tickets We’re planning to take the high-speed train to Wuyuan to save the long drive from the nearest airport. Current real-name verification requirements for train tickets make it extremely difficult to buy train tickets on your behalf. There’s more information about this further down the page. (Click here to jump down)

Wuyuan County, Jiangxi Province

Located east of Jingdezhen in Jiangxi Province, Wuyuan County is home to many small villages scattered among the streams and forested hills. It is a bucolic and tranquil area, and difficult to reach by public transport. In recent times it has become a popular tourist destination, but we plan to head for less busy areas while still making sure to take in the key highlights. Huijie did a scouting trip here late last year, and she has reorganised the itinerary to make sure we will be able to visit all her favourite spots—old favourites, and new favourites!

Highlights

Villages and ancient architecture

Southern-style architecture in Wuyuan
Southern-style architecture in Wuyuan. (Click for larger image)

River towns and bridges

There are many small villages in the Wuyuan area, and many of these house temples and other well-preserved ancient architecture. Villagers still preserve a laidback way of life. This trip will take us through several villages, notably Yancun, Jiangling, and Wangkou.

Yancun is a village that features many examples of interesting ancient architecture. Many of the larger houses were built by successful businessmen of days long gone by—some with more than three floors. A river flows past the village, and it is surrounded by fields and forested hills.

Jiangling Village is a small settlement in a farming area, and it’s here where we’re hoping to see all the flowers.

Wangkou is a riverside village which we’ll visit to find the Yu Family Ancestral Hall.

Many ancient cedar wood covered bridges can be found in Wuyuan, and we’ll visit the Qinghua Rainbow Bridge, the most famous of them all. Built in the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD), the 140m long bridge is made entirely of wood. (The bridge was seriously damaged by flooding in 2020; on this trip we’ll see if it has been able to be repaired.)

Ancestral Halls

Ancestral halls, temples, and shrines are buildings dedicated to important ancestors of a particular family. Those ancestors were typically rich and/or powerful, and were able to pass on that wealth and power—getting your own ancestral hall couldn’t be an easy thing to achieve.

Inside the halls you may see carved tablets that represent those ancestors, and sometimes statues, too.

The halls, temples, and shrines were used for rituals that honour the ancestors, and they were also used by family and the wider community for weddings and funerals.

In Wuyuan we’ll visit the Yu Family Ancestral Hall, which was built in 1787, and the Baizhu Clan Ancestral Hall, which is even older, dating back to the period of the late Ming Dynasty and early Qing Dynasty.

Fields of flowers

Fields of flowers surround a village in Wuyuan
Fields of flowers surround a village in Wuyuan. (Click for larger image)

In early spring, the fields and hillside terraces of Wuyuan County turn totally yellow with blooming rapeseed flowers, adding to the already serene and pastoral beauty of the area. We’ve timed this trip to coincide with the time of flowering, and will be hiking in and around the beautiful flowers for much of our visit. As well as looking pretty, rapeseed is also used to produce vegetable oil, biodiesel, and animal feed.

Jingdezhen, China’s ‘Porcelain Capital’

An artisan and his porcelain wares in Jingdezhen
An artisan and his porcelain wares in Jingdezhen. (Click for larger image)

The city of Jingdezhen has over 2,000 years of recorded history. It is known as the ‘Porcelain Capital,’ having produced quality pottery for 1,700 years, with one particularly beautiful Yuan Dynasty-era (AD 1278-1368) piece going for the equivalent of ¥230,000,000 at a London auction house in 2005.

We’ll visit a porcelain museum and factory on the last day of the trip—but don’t worry, no one is going to ask you to buy a two-hundred-million renminbi piece of porcelain!

Instead we’ll visit the workshop of Master Yang, one of the artisans in the area, to get a look at the process of making ceramics. As part of the visit, you’ll be able to paint your own decorations on a basic ceramic item from the shop, which Master Yang will fire for you and post to us in Beijing—all included as part of the trip, and at no extra cost.

Taoxichuan Art District

A lane in the Taoxichuan Cultural Park
A lane in the Taoxichuan Cultural Park. (Click for larger image)

Transformed from an old ceramics factory area into a cultural park in 2014, Taoxichuan is much like Beijing’s 798 Art District—home to shops, galleries, and cafes, and a great spot for a relaxed walkabout. We’ll visit for a look on the last day of the trip, with free time for coffee and shopping.

Getting to Wuyuan by train

Book your seat on Train G355, departing from Beijing South Station at 8:40am on March 18
Online purchase: See the info and purchase via trip.com (Second Class tickets are ¥615.5 and are available from March 4.)

There’s a high-speed train station right there in Wuyuan, which saves us taking a long bus ride from the nearest airport. Getting the train is also cheaper than the flight plus bus ride option, which helps us give you a lower price.

The cost of your train ticket is not included in the quoted trip price, and we ask that you buy your own.

Currently it’s extremely difficult for us to purchase train tickets on your behalf because of requirements for real-name registration that include an SMS code being sent to your phone number.

We’re happy to pass on our notes on ticket purchase along with some screenshots.

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