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Explore the Home of Porcelain in and around Yaoli

Explore the Home of Porcelain in and around Yaoli
鐟堕噷鍙ら晣
By Nikita Jaeger

TP 202008 CHINA TRAVEL 01Yaoli is the citadel of the Chinese porcelain industry. It started its journey in the Tang Dynasty, but gradually lost its porcelain glamour during the Ming Dynasty. The quaint, historic village of Yaoli is located 50 km from the city centre of Jingdezhen in Fuliang County, north-east of Jiangxi province, China. The ancient porcelain city is very close to the mountainous border of Anhui province.

 

Yaoli is the perfect amalgamation of nature and culture with picturesque mountains, waterfalls, kiln sites and other cultural landscapes to keep you entertained for hours. It is rich with porcelain stone or glaze-stone extracted from the surrounding mountains. The handicrafts of the region are unique in their traditional essence.

 

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How to Reach Yaoli

TP 202008 CHINA TRAVEL 03To reach Yaoli, one must reach Jingdezhen first. The city has modern traffic facilities and is well connected by air, road, and rail with the rest of China.

 

By air

The easiest way to reach Jingdezhen from Beijing, Shanghai, and all other major cities is by air. While Beijing is roughly 1,350 km from Jingdezhen, a flight can considerably reduce the travel time to about 2 hours 25 minutes, and hence is the best option for tourists from the north-eastern part of China. For tourists from Shanghai to Jingdezhen, a flight will take only 1 hour 15 minutes.

 

By rail

Jingdezhen has recently been connected via a direct train service from Beijing, which starts from the Beijing Grand Station. It is a long journey of 23 hours. Passengers can enjoy the ease of travelling in bullet trains with all the modern facilities. Tourists from other northern cities can opt for transit routes, which are always comfortable.

 

One of the suggested rail routes is Beijing South to Jingdezhen North via Huangshan North. The journey will take 5 hours 36 minutes from Beijing South to Huangshan North and 1 hours 9 minutes from Huangshan North to Jingdezhen North.

 

Alternatively, tourists can travel from Beijing South to Nanjing South and change trains to travel to Jingdezhen via Wuhu. This will involve a journey of 3 hours 25 minutes from Beijing South to Nanjing South, 37 minutes to Wuhu, and another 7 hours 9 minutes to Jingdezhen.

 

Tourists from the northern and north-eastern parts of China also can take highspeed trains to Nanjing South Station and from there take a bus transfer to Jingdezhen West. The bus transfer will take 9 hours 45 minutes. From Beijing South to Nanjing South Station, the train journey will take about 3 hours 25 minutes.

 

Yet another route is from Beijing Station to Jingdezhen via Yingtan, which will be a 14-hour journey.

 

By road

Passengers from the nearest cities can take luxury bus services from Hangzhou West station, Nanchang (Qingshan Road North Station), Shanghai North bus station. By road, it will take about 7 hours from Hangzhou, 3 hours from Nanchang, and 8 hours 10 minutes from Shanghai.

 

Once you reach Jingdezhen, you can take the direct bus route from Jingdezhen to Yaoli at the Jingdezhen Licunduan Bus Station. Every day, two buses run this route at 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the journey takes roughly 2 hours.

TP 202008 CHINA TRAVEL 08Moving around

 

Moving around the city is easy as there are plenty of metred taxi services at your disposal. As the best option and to avoid unwanted rate disputes, we recommend that tourists choose metred taxi rates instead of flat rates. Besides taxis, public transport services are also available to move around the city, which is economical. Those who want to enjoy more exciting rides can choose the option of hiring a motorbike taxi.

 

Yaoli and beyond

TP 202008 CHINA TRAVEL 05Set up your base camp in Jingdezhen and explore the beautiful countryside of the ancient towns surrounding this porcelain capital while you learn about the rich culture of the region.

 

Day trip to Yaoli

TP 202008 CHINA TRAVEL 08Take a stroll through history as you catch the first glimpse of the ancient birthplace of porcelain. When you reach Yaoli, you will be greeted by a valley right in the centre, which is home to 67 kiln sites, 600 workshops, 127 pit remains, 149 watermills, and 100 piers. When you explore the cultural remains of this village, you will have fascinating views of the lush green, thick forest, and waterfalls on all sides. When you visit Yaoli and take in its magnificence, you will know why it is aptly named 'The Origin of Porcelain, Home of Teas and Ocean of Forests.'

 

Hutian kiln site

TP 202008 CHINA TRAVEL 06Explore the longest operational, largest kiln of the Song and Yuan dynasties at Hutian, and have a hands-on experience of historical porcelain handicrafts. The site provides exceptional evidence of 700 years in the history of ceramics in the region. From relics of the Five Dynasties in the east to those of the Ming dynasty at the centre, and relics from Song and Yuan to the south, the kiln site encapsulates a rich history of the porcelain handicraft culture. The entire manufacturing process of ceramics can be experienced at the site, taking visitors through every step.

 

Jingdezhen Ceramics Folk Museum

TP 202008 CHINA TRAVEL 07Since 1984, this museum, spread across 4600 m2 space, has exhibited over 2,500 ceramic masterpieces in its five exhibition halls. While the last two galleries showcase modern ceramics, the first one displays a collection of Five Dynasty Celadon and White Porcelain, Song Dynasty Greenish White Porcelain, and Yuan Dynasty Blue and White Porcelain. The second hall has a kiln from the Ming Dynasty, and the third hall has the most advanced collection of ceramics from the Qing Dynasty.

 

A Day in the Countryside of Wuyuan

TP 202008 CHINA TRAVEL 04If there were ever an award for the most beautiful Chinese countryside village, Wuyuan would be a winner. During spring, the vast sea of fields is blanketed by vibrant rape flowers. The village has examples of porcelain architecture dating back to the Tang Dynasty, and these remain intact as not many tourists have visited the region. The typical beauty of this village comprises large caves, emerald waters, gigantic trees, and ancient architecture. On a trip to the village, you would want to visit the iconic 800-year-old Rainbow bridge and the cluster of houses in the Likeng village, while sipping refreshing spring green tea.

 

To explore more countryside villages, you can also tour Shangxia Xiaoqi and marvel at the craftsmanship.

 

There are three routes you can usually follow to explore the region:

 

鈥ast Route: Includes Likeng, Wangkou, Xiaoqi, Jiangwan, Jiangling, rafting in Wulongyuan

鈥orth Route: Comprises Yan, Rainbow bridge, Longtian tower, Hongguan, rafting in Congxi, Likeng and Hong

鈥est Route: Includes Wegong, Mandarin Ducks Lake, Youshan, Yanchun

 

Shopping in Jingdezhen

TP 202008 CHINA TRAVEL 10To satisfy your thirst for purchasing ceramics after traveling back in time to the glorious days of porcelain, dedicate a day to shopping. Chinese Ceramic City is one of the most popular markets in the entire region for ceramic purchases. If you want the comfort of being indoors, visit the 'pearl of the capital of porcelain,' the first indoor market鈥撯揓inchangli ceramic market, built in the 90s.

 

If you have more days to spend here, indulge in exploring Longzhu Pavilion and the Fuliang Ancient Town, or try your hand at ceramics- and pottery-making at one of the many sites spread across the region.

 

Conclusion

 

Embark on a cultural adventure by following the less explored path to Yaoli. Organize your travel plans for spring and witness breath-taking views. And if everything mentioned above is not enough, explore the region on your own and stumble upon rare wildlife or an undiscovered waterfall amid the ancient porcelain cities.

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