Overlooking an island-dotted inlet of the East China Sea, Ningde occupies an area that’s been inhabited since the Stone Age. It’s home to the magnificent natural landscapes of Taimu Mountain and the Baishuiyang·Yuanyang Stream Scenic Area, as well as the colourful reefs surrounding the Fuyao Islands.
Things to do in Ningde
Explore the spectacular scenery of Taimu Mountain, which encompasses granite caves, steep coastal cliffs and beautiful beaches. Follow the walking trail through maple forests to the Nine Carps Stream and Waterfall, traverse the narrow cave of One-Line-Sky, then sink into the soft sands of the Big Yuandang Bathing Beach.
Jump aboard a boat to visit the picture-perfect Fuyao Islands east of Taimu Mountain. Photograph the twin Sky Lakes at the top of Big Yushan Island and venture below the water’s surface while snorkelling on the surrounding reefs.
Explore the riverbeds of the Baishuiyang·Yuanyang Stream Scenic Area, which lies a short drive north-west of Ningde. Go body surfing on the 100-metre-long skid-way that’s been naturally eroded by the river, stroll across the wooden-arched Double Dragon Bridge and take in the sweeping views from Five Elders Peak.
Don’t miss the 157-metre-high Baizhang Fal, which plunges spectacularly into a pool below and is backed by the aptly-named Water Curtain Cave. Also nearby is the Baizhang Cave Lift that’s been built into the mountain and provides a scenic ascent to the top for sweeping views of the Yuanyang Stream.
Getting around Ningde
Fuzhou Changle International Airport is around two hours’ drive from Ningde and buses connect to the surrounding towns and cities. Buses also travel throughout Ningde and connect most of its sights.