Small Town Tales: Suichang County, A Relaxing Getaway

Suichang is a county under the jurisdiction of Lishui City, Zhejiang Province (eastern China), which borders Fujian Province. The county is blessed with beautiful mountains and rivers, natural and cultural landscapes, and rich tourism resources.

Suichang has 39 mountain peaks rising above 1,500 meters. About 89 percent of its topography is mountainous, 7 percent in water, and 4 percent as agricultural land.

Suichang County has a favorable ecological environment, with a forest coverage rate of 82.3%, ranking high in Zhejiang Province. It has primeval forest rare in eastern regions of China – Jiulong Mountain National Nature Reserve and the only forest park named after a county name in China – Suichang National Forest Park. The county has 9,260 negative oxygen ions per cubic centimeter, more than six times the global standard for fresh air.

In the past, life in the remote mountains was usually synonymous with poverty or underdevelopment, but this has since turned into a blessing amid a national commitment to preserving the green hills and clear waters.

The mountain road in Suichang County, Lishui City, Zhejiang Province. /APC

The mountain road in Suichang County, Lishui City, Zhejiang Province. /APC

The people of this part of Zhejiang are now exploiting their rich historical heritage. Highlights include old traditional villages that have managed to survive modernization.

Dushan, a village in Suichang County, is virtually free from being marketed like some other ancient villages. It offers an authentic experience of traditional rural life, down to its people. Many of those who live there – mostly old people and children now – are descendants of past generations.

Visitors strolling the streets see locals going about their business – fermenting wine, feeding poultry, tending vegetable gardens or simply sitting down for a chinwag. Although the village has access to natural gas, the elderly residents still prefer to cook on traditional stoves, burning twigs and bamboo collected from nearby woods.

Another notable stopover in this region is Nanjianyan, which is valued more as a gem of natural beauty than as a historical site.

Nanjianyan Scenic Area in Suichang County, Lishui City, Zhejiang Province, east China. /APC

Nanjianyan Scenic Area in Suichang County, Lishui City, Zhejiang Province, east China. /APC

Suichang Terraces, also known as Nanjianyan Terraces, is a unique landscape in southern Zhejiang with a long history. The Suichang Terraces are mainly located on Nanjianyan Mountain, west of Suichang. With the mountains all around, local residents have opened many cultivated terraces in line with natural conditions and water resources. Decking layers are perfect combinations of lines and color blocks. Seen from a distance, the terraces look like an abstract landscape. The graceful curves are the “fingerprint” of Nanjianyan Mountain.

In addition to Nanjianyan Scenic Area, which locals never tire of, there are Suichang Gold Mine National Mining Park, Shenlong Valley Scenic Area, and Qianfo Mountain Scenic Area. There are also plenty of fun niche activities worth checking out.

Besides, Suichang is one of the rich mineral resource counties in Zhejiang province. Over 30 types of minerals have been found in the county, along with over 100 ore deposits of gold, silver, lead, zinc, cobalt, fluorite, granite, and other minerals. It is the main gold, silver and fluorite production base in Zhejiang Province.

While traveling in the mountains of Suichang, one can not only be charmed by the natural beauty, but also experience its unique culture.

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