Xiapu County and Its Beautiful Mudflats
2014-03-27 Jenny Huang Sights Xiapu 1241
China is currently one of the most popular destinations to visit. But while most attention of the tourists are diverted towards the great wall of China, the glittering metropolis of Shanghai, the forbidden city and the Terracotta army, some of the equally beautiful and exotic places that go unseen and unnoticed. One of these beautiful places is the Fujian province’s Xiapu County. It has beautiful natural scenery and unique folk customs. It has one of the most beautiful beaches that have a breath taking view. The Xiapu County has the largest mudflat in China and also the longest coastline in the Fujian province.
This place is known as the charming fishing village of China and is located in north eastern part of Fujian. It contains a long stretch of East China coast and a large portion of its sea shore is guarded by rocks and mountains which is a situation perfect for fishers. You can watch the Hui’an women go about their day, the perfect panorama of fishermen with their nets on the beach and the architectural wonders of the Yongding County. Plenty of sunshine and lovely seawater temperature makes the mudflats of Xiapu rich in oyster, yellow croakers and kelp. The fish nets, stone columns and bamboo poles are inserted in these mudflats to dry oyster, kelp and other products. During the sunrise and sunset, the tide rises and falls and it forms a spectacular view.
Xiapu County has also been listed as “10 top photographers’ paradise” by a famous Chinese photography club, Digital photography. The hills here provide a good photographic spot and you can click many stunning pictures. The colorful low lying sand, culture, history, scenery and the working fishermen creates an enchanting view and attract many photographers.
The mudflats in Xiapu County are beautiful and a must watch. Some of the mudflats are Beigi, Shatangli, Weijiang, Xiaohao, Dongbi and Dong’an. There are about seven thousand fishermen who live in the boats. They survive by collecting the marine products from the sea. They are hence also called the “Gypsies on the sea”. They were however, not allowed to go onto dry land or marry people along the beach before liberation. Funeral ceremonies and weddings were held on their boats. Recently, they have started building homes along the beach with the help of local government.
How to Reach
? Tourists can reach here by Fuzhou-Xiamen bullet train to Fuzhou South/North Station, or a long-distance bus to Xiapu County.
? Tourists can also start from Songbai Long-distance Bus Station and arrive in Xiapu County
? Tourists can use a travel agent. Renting a van accompanied with driver is the next best alternate. It is best suited if there are more than four people in your group.
The fishing village of Xiapu County is called the “Offshore Venice” by many tourists. The lifestyle and scenery is breath taking and stunning. Anyone who sees the mudflats is bowled over by the spectacular view. It is one of the places in China which will take your breath away! Splendid indeed!!