Yongjia Shu Yuan National Park, 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.
Yongjia Shu Yuan National Park, 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.
Yongjia Shu Yuan National Park, 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.
Yongjia Shu Yuan National Park, 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!