Where can you find dragons, if not here in China?
Once again, it was time for a class trip. This time, we went to the town of Quzhou, the typical Chinese small town with 2 million inhabitants (really, that’s tiny!).
Most people actually come through here, because the town is a hub in western Zhejiang, that connects Hangzhou with Fujian, Jianxi and Anhui.
Very well. I want to make it short: Quzhou actually doesn’t have much to offer. There is a Confucius Temple, a small oldtown and some traditional villages around. While this is all really nice, it is actually nothing special here in China.
The real reason, why tourists come to Quzhou is the Jianglangshan.
The Jianglangshan is a mountain, that can be reached in about one hour from central Quzhou. In case you only want to visit the mountain, it might make more sense to search for a hotel directly at the mountain and skip the town completely.
At the bottom of the mountain, you can find a station where you can buy tickets for the mountain and take a bus to a station on top of the mountain. The station is the perfect starting point for a hike around the mountain, from where you can either admire the awesome panorama or (more like us) hope, that you can find some chinese dragons in the fog.
We needed about 2 hours to finish the round around the big rock in the middle. Unfortunately, we did not have the time to climb the other, surrounding rocks, which would’ve probably taken another one or two hours.
The path between the big rocks on the mountain … so many steps …
For the sake of completeness, I want to add some impressions of Quzhou itself. As mentioned, the city has a beautiful old town. There is nothing in this old town you can’t find in any other Chinese old town but if you haven’t seen a Chinese old town so far and you want to avoid masses in Hangzhou and Suzhou, this might be your chance.
The Pagoda, illuminated at night.
Eventually, I was able to find my dragon. He was hiding in a small village, waiting for the spring festival …
All in all, I liked our stay in Quzhou quite a lot. The clear highlight was our hike around the Jianglangshan, which is a great destination for people who like to be in nature, to hike and want to get out of the buzzing cities like Hangzhou or Suzhou.
Do you like to go hiking? What do you think of the Jianglangshan as a destination? Feel free to leave a comment below!