Must see attractions in Jiangxi

  • Top ChoiceSights in Jingdezhen

    Sculpture Factory

    This tree-lined street, and the pathways that branch off it, form a kind of porcelain-production arts district, which is a centre for contemporary ceramics in China. Some of the world's leading porcelain artists work and teach here and visitors can wander freely around the kilns, workshops and small factories as the latest masterpieces are being sculpted. Along with Ceramics Art Avenue, this is also the most pleasant place in town to shop for ceramics, including tea sets.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Longnan

    Yànyì Wéi

    The jewel in the crown of Jiangxi's wéi lóng wū, this fascinating, 350-year-old, four-storey structure is the tallest of a number of crumbling old fortified residences in the vicinity of the village of Yancun. Mercifully, it has yet to be targeted by the local tourism industry, and is still lived in by villagers. You can wander around freely (be respectful of the residents, of course), and you can even climb all four storeys. The ¥10 entrance fee is rarely enforced.

  • Sights in Jingdezhen

    Ceramics Art Avenue

    This large, modern ceramics hub opened in 2016 with the aim of regenerating the city. Built on the site of an old 1950s ceramics factory it features multiple renovated red-brick industrial buildings, the largest of which houses a museum (¥20, 9am to 9pm) containing original stone-firing kilns. The smaller surrounding buildings accommodate galleries and shops that display the beautiful ceramic creations of local and international students and artists. A good sprinkling of restaurants and cafes, and a craft-beer bar, fill the rest of the space.

  • Sights in Jingdezhen

    Sanbao International Ceramic Valley

    About 2km or 3km south of the Sculpture Factory and Ceramics Art Avenue is a third ceramic arts district, known simply as San Bao (三宝), which is strung out for a couple of kilometres along a forested valley. Here you'll find pottery workshops, galleries and cafes all along Sanbao Lu, a road that follows the valley to Sanbao Village.

  • Sights in Nanchang

    Tengwang Pavilion

    This nine-storey pagoda, now part of landscaped riverside grounds, is the city’s drawcard monument. It was first erected during Tang times, but destroyed and rebuilt no fewer than 29 times, most recently in 1989. Each floor (including two basement floors) contains museum exhibitions of varying interest, and some of the floors have viewing balconies overlooking the river.

  • Sights in Lushan

    Lushan National Park

    Venturing in any direction from the town of Lushan will take you into the wilds of one of the most ethereal environments in this province. The 300-sq-km Lushan National Park is best known for its strange rock formations that seem almost perennially covered in cloud. Loads of hiking trails are clearly marked and often paved. You pay to enter upon arrival at the foot of the mountain; all accommodation, restaurants and hiking trails are at the top.

  • Sights in Jingdezhen

    Ancient Kiln and Folk Custom Museum

    A bit like a living museum, this large, nicely landscaped site, known simply as Gǔ Yáo (古窑, Ancient Kiln), contains traditional porcelain-making equipment, including revived ancient kilns, and has teams of staff demonstrating how they were once used. Some of the buildings here date from Qing and Ming times, although have been largely rebuilt. Bus 1 runs here; get off at Fēng Shù Shān (枫树山) stop and walk back 20m.

  • Sights in Longnan

    Wǔdāng Shān

    Not to be confused with Hubei province's more famous and much larger Wudang Shan, and also known as Xiǎo Wǔdāng (小武当, Little Wudang), this group of spectacular, weathered sandstone peaks rewards an easy one-hour climb with stunning views of the surrounding subtropical forest. The bus to Yangcun village from Longnan's small bus station at 99 Longding Dadao stops here en route (¥10, 50 minutes, frequent).

  • Sights in Jiangxi

    Longhu Shan

    Billed as a natural Taoist wonderland, this beautiful national park is packed with family-centred entertainment – gentle raft rides, climbing shows, miniature train, 3D cinema – but the real draw is its location by a winding river, where clusters of red sandstone peaks overlook grazing water buffalo and solitary herons.

  • Sights in Nanchang

    Bayi Park

    A focal point for locals, and one of the most pleasant spots in town, this lakeside park attracts groups of Chinese, young and old, walking, dancing, singing and laughing the night away. Best enjoyed just after dusk or at dawn.

  • Sights in Longnan

    Scenic Area of Guanxi Enclosed House

    For a taste of the theme-park version of Jiangxi's wéi lóng wū, head to the prosaically named Scenic Area of Guanxi Enclosed House. Until just a few years ago, villagers used to live among the historic buildings here, but they were turfed out and a newly landscaped tourist park was built in place of their homes. It's pleasant enough, though the piped music is somewhat grating and many of the structures have been newly constructed and made to look old.

  • Sights in Longhu Shan

    Residence of the Celestial Masters

    This is the largest and best-preserved temple in the area. It was originally built in the Song dynasty, thoroughly renovated in the Qing dynasty and then again in the 1990s. The oldest building still standing is the Sanctuary of Triple Introspection (三省堂; Sān Xǐng Táng), which dates to 1865. To get here, walk for 15 minutes through old Shàngqīng village from the shuttle drop-off. It's located inside the park, about 28km from Longhu Shan’s main entrance.

  • Sights in Longhu Shan

    Elephant’s Trunk Hill

    Close to Longhu Shan’s main entrance, this is the first stop you’ll reach if you catch the miniature train. Here you can hike a loop past rock formations and rebuilt temples, then descend to the river from where you’ll be able to spy the mountain's 2500-year-old hanging coffins (悬棺; xuán guān) on the opposite side of the bank.

  • Sights in Nanchang

    Shengjin Pagoda

    This rebuilt, 58m-tall Tang-dynasty pagoda can't be climbed, but is attractive, and surrounded by other recently reconstructed features (an outdoor stage, a small garden, a huge bronze bell) to create a pleasant area for families to hang out in. The pagoda, which is lit up at night, has been rebuilt several times throughout history, most recently in 1985.

  • Sights in Lushan

    Sandiequan Waterfall

    The three-tiered waterfall inside Lushan National Park is a highlight and just reward for hikers. The ascent of 1600m will test your knees, but press on to the top (or take the cable car) for tremendous, misty vistas.

  • Sights in Nanchang

    Youmin Temple

    Once hidden down a knot of alleyways, this large still-active, yellow-walled temple is now the centrepiece of a newly landscaped area immediately north of Bayi Park. The temple was heavily damaged during the Cultural Revolution, but still contains some notable statuary.

  • Sights in Sanqing Shan

    Nanqing Garden

    Sanqing Shan's main summit area is known as Nanqing Garden, and includes a looping trail that wends beneath strange pinnacles and connects the southern and eastern sections.

  • Sights in Jingdezhen

    Imperial Kiln Museum

    Relocated and rebuilt, this 'Imperial Kiln' site doesn't have a kiln, but there's a modest porcelain museum and a rebuilt pagoda you can climb.

  • Sights in Sanqing Shan

    Taoist Sanqing Temple

    Established during the Ming dynasty, this is one of the few Taoist temples in Jiangxi to have survived the Cultural Revolution.

  • Sights in Likeng

    Dafu Mansion

    This former Qing governor residence is a fine example of the period. Pay special attention to the doorway and entrance gate.