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Scenic Spots

       Ningde City is an ecological tourist area. Owing to its special geological structure plus action from external force, many peculiar natural mountain and sea wonders are created. Among them are two state-level scenic spots, including the Taiwan Mountains in Fuding City and the Mandarin Duck River Valley in Pingnan County, as well as three provincial-level scenic spots, including the Zhiti Mountains in Jiaocheng District, the Jiulongji Waterfall group and the Carp Stream in Zhouning and the Dongshi Mountains in Zherong. Standing erect by the East Sea, the Taimu Mountains boasts peculiar stones, all kinds of caves, perilous peaks and misty fog and mists and enjoys a reputation as being the "Fairyland on the Sea". The Mandarin Duck River Valley is deep and intensively covered with forests, peculiar stones and clear water. As the only nature reserve for mandarin ducks and macaques in China, the river valley also enjoys a reputation as "Holy Land for Lovers". Other scenic spots are Chi'an Beach0 in Xiapu County where Kukai, a famous monk from Japan landed because of storms when he came to China to learn Buddhism during the Tang Dynasty; the Linshui Temple in the Gutian County, where protective Goddess Chen Jinggu is worshiped;the Huotong River Valley in Jiaocheng, Ningde and the coastal scenes round Santu Bay; Yangjiaxi River in Xiapu and the Cuiping Lake in Gutian, which are so attractive to the tourists for their unique cultural and natural wonders that they can hardly tear themselves away.

The Taimu Mountains

The Taimu Mountains, also described "Fairyland on the Sea", is located within the boundaries between Zhejiang Province and Qingyu Town of Fuding City of Fujian Province, 45 kilometers away from City Center. As a state-level scenic spot, it has roughly 100 square kilometers' area for sightseeing, while the protected area is 200 square kilometers. The Taimu Mountains is a beautiful mountain resort with the characteristics of granite peaks and caves, which is famous for its natural wonders such as perilous peaks, misty fogs, peculiar stones and ancient temples, stone carves. It is divided into five tourist areas, namely the Taimu Mountain Ranges, the Nine-carp River and Falls, Qinchuan Seashore, the Fuyao islets and Sanyuan Lake, and two scenic spots, namely the Unfrequented City and the Ancient Castle, the Ruiyun Temple.
      Because of the granite changes, it has all kinds of rock scenes, which reach 360 spots. Among them, some are like human shapes such as " Husband and Wife Peak", "the Peak Like Two Monks Talking About Buddhism", "the peak like two monks playing chess", "A Rock like Mile Buddha with bare belly", " A Rock like Sami Buddha bowing down to the moon", "Luohan Buddha Rock", "Bajie Buddha Rock"; Some are like animals such as "Nine-Carp Peak", " Tortoise Climbing Up the Walls" etc.; Others are mysterious like "Flying Rock". "Watching the Immortals On the Bridge", "the rock along which the Taimu Goddess rose to the heaven, etc. There is a saying by predecessors: "There are no ordinary rocks in the Taimu Mountains. Each one is natural and unique. Different people have different understanding of it, especially the Peak of Nine Carps, and the Peak like Two Monks Talking about Buddhism are magnificent and grand.
The Taimu Mountains has over 100 caves with different shapes. It will take 28 days to visit all caves. Some caves will need one day to go in and out. These caves have their own characteristics, especially "the Cave of a Gleam of Sky ", "Seven-star Cave", " the Eighteenth Cave of the General".
The Yangjiaxi River The Yangjiaxi River scenic spot is situated in the southeast part of Yachen town in Xiapu County. According to legends, some eminent generals of the Yang family in Song dynasty, named Yang Zhongbao,Yang Wenguang ,and Yang Jinghua disarmed some southern outlaws. So the river got its name. The Yangjiaxi River scenic spot is one of the five scenes of the Taimu Mountains scenic area. It starts from the Longting Waterfalls to Dutou Village, with a whole distance of 11.5 km. It is always described " Peach Garden on the Waters".
Longting Waterfalls is made up of Wen Waterfalls and Wu Waterfalls. The drop of Wen Waterfalls is 136 meters, which is the highest in Fujian Province; Wu waterfalls' drop is 135 meters. There are more than 10 scenic spots around the waterfalls. Their names are given according to their shapes such as "the General's Seal", "the Brush Pens' Stand", "the Rock Peak and the Gold Lion guarding the entrance", "the Jumping Rabbit", " the General bowing down to the Seal", "the Immortals Sitting on the peak", "the Elephant Peak", "the Cave of Monkeys", "the Dragon Cave". In addition, walking down the stream, passing "the Ten Twists and the Twelve Beaches" will take 2 hours before reaching Dutou Village. All the way people can see 36 beautiful stone scenes such as "Tangseng Buddha bowing down to the West", "Damo Buddha Facing the Wall", "Turtles playing", "General Wenguang Breaking a Boat", "the General's Cap", "Three Levels' Rock". Away from the lower part of Dutou Village, there is a 250-mu maple area, which has more than 1100 maple trees. In the early of winter, the leaves of the maple trees turn red. Between the maple trees, there are 17 ancient small-fruited fig trees. The oldest one is more than 800 years old. Among them, there is a "King of Fig Tree" which has a 12.6-meter trunk and is 30 meters high with a covering circle of 51 meters. The trunk is empty inside and has 7 caves, which can hold several persons. It is said that fig trees are growing in the farthest northern aptitude. When the peach trees are in blossom, the scene is lovelier. 
The Mandarin Duck River The Mandarin Duck River is situated in the northeastern part of Pingnan County about 30km, away from the county center. It covers an area of 78.8 sq kms. The River runs 18 km long. It's the home of mandarin ducks and monkeys. You may enjoy the photographic scenes with creeks, waterfalls, peak, caves, ponds, trees and so on. Every autumn (early October) to next spring (early April), thousands of beautiful mandarin ducks spend their winter here. During this season, at dawn, many ducks play by pair in the ponds; at noon, they will rest with a manner of mouth-in-mouth or sleep with their necks around necks. They keep an eye open at rest so that in case of emergency such as being attacked by enemy they will jump into the water to avoid being attacked. At dusk, they will fly to the fields and forests to look for food. At night, they sleep in the forest. By the River, there live 300 rhesus monkeys. In 1984,the area was turned into "Pingnan Yiyang National Reserve of mandarin ducks and rhesus monkeys" by Fujian People's Government, the only one of this kinds in the country. 
Mandarin Duck River is famous for its mandarin ducks, rhesus monkeys and the rare plantations. It was described as "Lover's holy place", "the home of mandarin ducks" "the Paradise of rhesus monkeys", "Paradise on the earth". The whole resort area looks like a crescent moon and is divided into 5 resort areas, namely, Baishuiyang, Yiyang, Taibao Building, Liugong Rock, Mandarin Duck Lake. Especially the most famous are "the thousands-of-square meters of Baishuiyang water square on a flat rock", " Baizan Waterfall Cave (over 333 meters high)" "the Immortals' Banquet Table".
The upper reaches of the River are called Baishuiyang Resort area, which is bedded by one huge flat rock. The largest square is about 4000 square meters with its widest place around 150 meters. It's fantastic to walk on the rock with inch-deep water and to enjoy the flashing waves in the sun. It's described as "Only View in the World".
Yiyang scenic area is located in the middle of the stream. The area is tree-covered, where the rate of forest coverage reaches 60%. So it becomes the hometown of mandarin duck and monkeys and is honored as a "Natural Zoo". Its main scenes include "the Baizan waterfall Cave", "the Valley of the Immortals' Banquette", "Rulai Buhhda riding on fog", "the Range of lovers" and other precious plants such as four-season azalea, China firs, Beiyan peonies and so on.

Jiulongji Waterfall Groups 
As a provincial-level scenic spot, Jiulongji Waterfall Groups is located in the valley of lower reaches of Qibu River in Zhouning County, 14km away from county center. It covers 9.5 Square km, among which the protected central area is 4 km and called the Longxi River (Dragon River).
The Longxi River's 300-metre drop in the less than 3-kilometer course leads to the formation of 9-stage marvelous deep ponds. The nine-stage waterfalls connect one by one, each having their own characteristics. Some have wonderful scenes; others are not peaceful but very striking. The scene is regarded as "No.1 in Fujian", "Only in East of China."
The first stage of Jiulongji Waterfall is the most wonderful. The waterfall is 46.7 meters high with 75 meters wide. When water is plenty, it can reach 83 meters wide, which is 40 meters wider than Huangguoshu Waterfall in Guizhou Province. When it falls, it is like a dragon playing in the water. At the end of the nine-stage falls there is a quiet pond that is over 100 meters long. The two sides of the valley are reflected in the ponds, which form the beautiful green scenes. The Longxi hydropower station is at the end of the long pond. Rowing boats in the ponds and enjoying the scenes can make you feel the wild and natural taste of the villages.

Sandu Bay

 Sandu Bay is situated in the southeastern part of Jiao Cheng District about 30 kms away from the city center. It is regarded as "the door and the key exit of 5 counties" of Mingdong. It covers 714 square kilometers, of which 430 square km are in use. Sandu Bay is made up of 5 islands and 1 peninsula, namely, Sandu, Qinshan, Doumao, Baipao, Jigong Mountain and Chenao. What's more, there are 14 islands, 17 reefs scattering over the area. In addition, there are 5 beaches and two extensive water surfaces, i.e. Guangjingyang and Fudingyang.
Sandu Bay has been developed since Tang dynasty. It formally became an import and export commercial port in 1897. On May 8th of the same year, Fuhai Customs was set up. Subsequently, 20 companies from 13 countries including USA, Britain, France, Russia, Japan, Holland, Sweden, Spain, Portugal etc. set up companies and banks in Sandu. Even today the Sandu Island still keeps the buildings of Spanish Church, British Cloister, German firms. 
Sandu Bay is not only a special port, but also a scenic spot called "Sky Lake on Sea" and a production base. It covers hundreds of square meters and has different kinds of exotic peaks and rocks, which make the place a tourist area. Among them, "Snail Rock " "The Pictures of Immortals" are very famous. "Snail Rock" is like a snail, which is 7-metre high. Its outside is round and smooth. Inside there is a cave, which can hold five or six persons. In the rock there is a hole facing the sea through which you can Jingyang waters.
Sandu Bay is the largest cultivation base of yellow croakers. Raising fishes in sea farming cages is carried out in the area, where the cages reach more than 80000. The cages join together and form a village on sea, which is a magnificent scene. In the daytime, looking at the fishing boats, you can see a busy scene; in the evening, everywhere it is bright with lights from the houses on the cages. People call the scene "plantation on sea".

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