Nanxi River is a national key scenic spot, located in Yongjia
County, 23 kilometers (15 miles) southeast of Wenzhou City,
Zhejiang Province. It borders Yandang scenic area in the east and
has a total area of 625 square kilometers. Nanxi River scenic area
was set up with Nanxi River being the mainstay, featuring lucidity,
grotesqueness, elegance and beauty. Besides, in the scenic area
there are a number of ancient buildings and pagodas built during
the Song (960 - 1279), the Ming (1368 - 1644) or the Qing (1636 -
The main view points of Nanxi River include limpid water, grotesque
stones, and a large number of waterfalls, beach forests and ancient
villages. Nanxi River, with mountainous scenery blended with idyllic rural
areas, is an ideal place for sightseeing and holiday resort.
Contact China Highlights and book a tour to Nanxi River.
The ancient villages reserved along the middle and lower courses of
Nanxi River still retain relatively intact historic characteristics
and traditional cultural traces. The oldest village can date back
to the Neolithic Age, and there also preserve ancient pagodas,
bridges, pavilions, decorated archways and ancient battlefields of
Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties (spanning from 618 -
These ancient villages were built based on the idea of Yin and Yang
(The concept of Yin and Yang originates in ancient Chinese
philosophy and metaphysics. Both of them describe two primal
opposing but complementary forces found in all things in the
universe.), and a large number of complete genealogy is retained in
the villages. Among all the villages, the most famous are
undoubtedly Yantou Village, Cangpo Village and Furong Village.
There are up to 50 waterfalls of a certain scale worth visiting,
such as "Baizhang waterfall" up to 100 meters, waterfalls of
several levels, "lotus waterfall", "drumming waterfall" (water
splashes sound like drumming) and "rainbow waterfall" (Water
splashes like jade beads, forming a rainbow under the sun).
Nanxi River is abundant in flow and it never dries all year round.
The river twists and turns, and has so-called "36 bays and 72
beaches", yet still runs smoothly without stagnation. Transparence
and limpidity are the inner beauty of Nanxi River. In some sections
of the river, the bottom of streams can be seen clearly. Large and
small, bright and multi-colored sleek pebbles cover a stretch of
more than 10 kilometers. The best way to appreciate the beauty of Nanxi River is by taking a
Because Nanxi River bed is wide and flat, flood is a common visitor
whenever it rains heavily. People have made their efforts from age
to age in the anti-hurricane and anti-flood struggles by planting
beach forests. Dense forests have been grown at both sides of the
River. The most pleasing moment is to take a bamboo raft to see the
beautiful beach forests on both sides.
The beach forests of several kilometers stretch like green
barriers, which protect and hide villages and farms from flood. The
whole scene, the transparent stream, grassy lawns, verdant
mountains, the blue sky and white clouds, form a harmonious picture
with farmers' life in the surrounding villages.
Peaks stand still; cliffs seem as steep as being cut; caves hang at
the middle of the cliffs. No wonder local people eulogize two
wonders of Nanxi River, the sharp mountains and the soft streams.
Among all the rocks, Shigui Rock is the most famous one. It stands
upright with water surrounding its three sides; when viewed from
afar, the rock is like the huge mast of a ship. The Dongxuan Cliff
(numerous caves embedded on the cliff.) is also very spectacular. A
large number of caves with different sizes and shapes set on the
cliff, including Xiaoru Rock Cave, which hang on the nearly
200-meter-high (656-ft-high) cliff, with only one narrow access to
Proposed itinerary: travelers can take a plane from Hangzhou to Wenzhou, and transfer
to Yongjia by train or by bus, and then get to Nanxi River. Contact
China Highlights and book a tour to Nanxi River.