My 5: Shu Yuan National Park – Yongjia County, China.

Shu Yuan National Park Yongjia County China

1. November 2017. With winter finally starting to hit the southeast of China, I instinctively felt my annual hibernation period calling me after a busy few months of travel. Resolving to squeeze in one final trip before scuttling off to my man cave, I headed off to Yongjia County, a rural region in Zhejiang Province just fifteen kilometers north of the monster city Wenzhou. My first stop was this pretty national park, named after a famous Song Dynasty school.

Shu Yuan National Park Yongjia County Zhejiang province China

2. November 2017. The park is home to an ancient library with classic Chinese texts. There’s also a small natural history museum detailing the area’s unique flora, fauna and rock formations. When you’re done exploring those, simply follow the two-hour trail that takes visitors on a loop through the park.

3. November 2017. I was lucky enough to time my visit for the low season. Bumping into the occasional family and hand-in-hand couple, the peace and quiet made the day all the more special. The park’s lovely waterfall sits at the side of the trail’s sharp ascent up to a huge cave tunnel.

4. November 2017. You’ll need to tackle this beast of a staircase to reach the tunnel, which brings you out onto the mountaintop path, with great views across the region.

5. November 2017. This shot shows just how far I’d come, the nearest town nestled far below like a little Lego community. From here it was a brisk forty-minute hike back down to the car park. Another day of China travel, another gorgeous national park!

For more on my wanderings around Yongjia County, take a look at my piece on Ling Shang Restaurant Village.

Like these? Then why not leaf through my many other 5s from across China.

I’ve also written a short story series called Challenged in China.

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