Backpacking China: 10 Must-Do Things In Jiangxi Province

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Jiangxi Province is located in the southeastern part of China. This province has so much to see and do that you have to prepare a proper itinerary to get the most out of activities the province has to offer.

The Province of China is also known as the porcelain capital. It has been known to produce porcelain for over 1000 years. Jiangxi, China has some of the most breathtaking sceneries and ancient buildings that have been renovated and a rich history spanning over 2000 years.

The Pavilion of Prince Teng

This building is located in the city of Nanchang on the northwestern part of Jianxi. It falls on the eastern part of the Gan River. The Pavillion of Prince Teng has had a turbulent past. It has been destroyed in several ways and rebuilt 29 times. It was first constructed in 653 AD. The current building is even more beautiful than the previous ones.

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The building is nine-storied surrounded by two smaller pavilions- one that is located on the north and another that is located on the south end. Their designs speak sophistication and simplicity. The Pavillion has always been a place where people gathered to hold functions. The interior is beautiful and speaks volumes on the Chinese culture.

The interiors are decorated with murals made of brass, statues on the corridor walls are all selections from well-known people. You are bound to enjoy this tour if architectural designs combined with the history behind it is your kind of tour. There are buses available in the city to take you to the Pavilion. The cheapest months to visit are December and January where the entrance fee costs, CNY 45. The rest of the year the entrance cost is CNY 50. The Pavilion opens up to the public from 8 am to 6 pm.

Lushan Quaternary Glaciation National Geopark

This national park houses Mt. Lushan. It is was a significant area of Chinese civilization. Some of the prime landmarks in this park include Taoist and Buddhist temples. Other landmarks that stand out are the social values and ideals of the Chinese traditional life. Most scholars taught their philosophy in this area during ancient times.

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The park is bordered by the Yangtze River on the north, Poyang Lake is found to the south of the park. The park is surrounded by breathtaking natural sceneries such as hills, rivers, and lakes. The area was also a major attraction for intellectuals’, mystical leaders and creatives.

Inside the park is about 200 buildings. The center has been renovated severally to accommodate a continuous center of religious study. You will learn so much about the Buddhist and Taoist religions when you visit this park. Something interesting that you cannot miss out on is the Guan Ying Bridge that was built in 1015 CE. The bridge has over 900 inscriptions on the cliffs and stone tablets.

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Between the 19th and 20th centuries, the area became so popular that both the Chinese and foreign tourists built villas that became a popular holiday destination. To date, the villas show some architectural designs that were common in those times.

Jizhou Ware

This is a pottery-making area located in Jiangxi province. The kilns create different types of wares with a history of over five centuries spent producing different kinds of pottery. Most of these wares are related to tea-drinking and were held in high regard especially among Buddhists. The Jizhou area also produced porcelain. The place is famous for initiating the production of blue and white pottery.

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Longhu Mountain Resort

To learn more about the history of Taoism, you have to visit Longhu Mountain Resort. This is the place where Taoism originated from. The mansion that belongs to the Taoist master is built here. From here you can view the magnificent Yingtian Mountain, The Water Cliff, and Hongwu Lake.

Wuyuan County

Take some time away and travel to Wuyuan County and here you will find beautiful landscapes filled with rapeseed flowers and rice paddies. The county has fifty villages that have rarely changed over the past century. This area is home to famous scholars such as Zhu Xi who was a master in the Song Dynasty that ruled between 1127 and 1279. The county is also home to the Huizhou Culture.

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Jinggang Mountain

This mountain is a famous attraction for lovers of natural travel. It covers about 30% of Jinggangshan City. The area surrounding the mountain has so much history from residences that were built during the revolution. Surrounding areas of the mountain include beautiful sceneries of waterfalls, hot springs, caves and wild animals.

When you visit the mountain area you can stop by The Jinggangshan Revolution Museum, Waterfalls known as dragon pond and Wuzhi Peak. Wuzhi Peak is the highest peak of the Jinggang Mountain and considered the most breathtaking part while on the mountain. The dragon pond area has an imposing sound of the waters even before you get to see the waterfall. The place is named dragon waterfall as the pond looks like a dragon has been ensnared inside it.

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Badashanren Meihu Lake Scenic Spot

The scenic spot can be found in Yunpu District which is in Nanchang City. The area is divided into four sectors. The first sector covers a cultural exhibition, the second sector covers an area that has bamboo, plum and pine also known as Suihansananyou. The third sector covers water scenery and finally a sector that has been set aside for pure entertainment. To access the spot is free and recommended for a budget backpacker.

Site-Memorial Of The Nanchang Uprising

The Nanchang Uprising took place on August 1st the year 1927. During this time the memorial site was a hotel. The site was converted into a memorial in remembrance of the Nanchang Uprising which was led by the Chines Communist Party. The site contains ninety-six rooms with an interior décor that is a combination of Chinese and Western decors. During the 20th century, Nanchang was the most prominent hotel in the area. The uprising was led and organized from this hotel which has now become an exhibition that houses parts of the history including photos and objects from the time.

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Poyang National Wet Park

The Poyang Lake is located within the Poyang National Wet Park. Poyang is China’s largest freshwater lake. In addition, the wetland is the largest in the continent of Asia. The park is home to over fifty species of birds. To access the park, you will need to pay between 50 and 80 yuan. The most favorable time to explore the park is during summer and autumn.
 The Lake is surrounded by magnificent scenic mountains from Mount Dagushan, Mt. Shizhongshan Mt. Nanshan and Mt. Luoxingdun. These picturesque sceneries are connected to make a magnificent tourist route full of natural backdrops to watch.

The Lake also boasts of a little island known as fallen star rock. The Island is shaped like a star. As the waters in the Lake Rise and fall, the island appears like a star that is floating on the water. The Island has a strong cultural heritage. Scholars would come and meet here in the era of dynasties.

Jingdezhen

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This town is considered one of the four key towns and trade routes in China. What makes this a great town is because it is considered the center of porcelain. You will enjoy the history of the culture of China from Jingdezhen Town. This area has been producing porcelain since 202 AD. Most visitors interested in this town to come and sightsee porcelain and ceramic production. In the process, get the opportunity to learn the history of porcelain production.
 The town equally enjoys scenic spots that you cannot afford to overlook. These include The Going Yaoli Scenic Area, which is famous for the origin of ceramics. In this place, you will find kilns and pottery centers. Another area where you will find a lot of culture and history is the Ceramic History and Culture Zone.

The area also has the Hongyan Fairy Scenic Spot. This place is so unique as it gathers places of health preservation, business, and vacation areas all in one place. This is an all in one place to come and enjoy your backpacking trip, take a break to relax and unwind before moving on.
 You will also have the opportunity to view the Fuliang Ancient Government Office which has been properly preserved and last but not least, the China Porcelain Garden.

Jiangxi also has three national historical and cultural sites that you can check out. It, also, has two UNESCO Geoparks to sightsee and discern why they were preserved by UNESCO. Besides this, there are 11 scenic spots that you could explore. Jiangxi is not a province to visit once. You should consider doing it severally to cover many of the hidden gems.

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