Getting to the Zhejiang Yunhe Rice Terraces, Lishui, China.
This post explains getting to the Zhejiang Yunhe Rice Terraces. Getting to the Yunhe Rice Terraces may seem a bit difficult but it’s definitely worth it. Actually, once you know how it is quite easy, and this post will teach you how. This post also has information on cheap accommodation in Lishui and Wenzhou.
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How to Get to Lishui
To get to the Yunhe Rice Terraces you first need to get to Lishui. You can get to Lishui by train or bus from a few different major cities including Wenzhou and Hangzhou 杭州.
We came from Wenzhou, 温州. Since it was only a pit stop for us on the way to Lishui we didn’t explore much.
Actually, Wenzhou it is a big city with lots to do so you might want to stay a couple of nights there.
Lishui (丽水) is approximately 2 hours and 20rmb by train from Wenzhou (温州). The #128 bus goes to the train station, but so will any bus with the stop 火车站.
Getting to the Zhejiang Yunhe Rice Terraces
Once you are in Lishui, the next step to get to the Yunhe Rice Terraces is getting to the West Bus Station. Catch any bus going to the stop Qi Che Xi Zhan (汽车西站). There are lots of them. From the train station, you could catch the K2, K3 or K6.
Update April 2018: The buses from Lishui to Yunhe leave from the East bus station, right at the train station of Lishui. Thanks to Stefan for the updated information via the comments.
Once at the West Bus Station in Li Shui, go into the ticket office and catch a long distance bus to Yunhe (云和). They leave often. Cost is 16rmb and it takes about 1 hour to get there.
When you arrive at Yunhe, go inside the bus station and go to gate #3. Catch the bus to Zhang Jia Di (张家地). Pay on the bus, 9.5rmb. Tell the person that collects the money that you want to go to Yunhe Ti Tian (云和梯田) and she will tell you when to get off.
This bus is another hour journey up the winding mountain road. It drops you at the entrance at the top.
The Yunhe Rice Terraces costs 80rmb to go in and you will get to walk through the rice fields down the mountain. It took us about an hour to walk through at a very easy pace. At the bottom, there is a nice village that you walk through to get back on the main road.
To get back to town, catch all the same buses in reverse. The return fee for the bus to Yunhe is only 8.5rmb. I guess because you already walked halfway down the mountain. Judging from the map you get there is more to see. We took the bus back as it was late afternoon by the time we finished and we didn’t want to be stuck out there.
How to See the Lishui Yunhe Rice Terraces for Free
We didn’t do any of these methods but I figure there would be two ways to do this. You still have to catch all the buses, but instead of paying the 80rmb entry fee you could…
- Walk down the road instead of through rice fields and use the ‘scenic’ spots along the road.
- There are ticket checkers up the top, but if you walked from the bottom up there are none. At least there wasn’t when we went. Catch the bus halfway up the hill and walk up through the village to the rice fields. you will want to turn around before you reach the top to avoid the ticket checkers and then walk back down. Personally, I feel the 80rmb was money well spent.
Cheap Accommodation in Lishui
There is a hotel right across the road from the train station. 98rmb/night. There’s another one a few doors down from that which looks cheaper.
Alternatively, you can book ahead. Find your perfect accommodation using the form below.
Other Things to do in Lishui
Lishui surprised me a bit. It’s a nice town. Well organized and good food. Good night market also. Across the road from the train station is a square where people dance, play music, play badminton, etc.
To get to the night market (town), catch the bus to the stop with the last two characters 市场 (there are 6 characters in total). These last two characters are Shi Chang, which means market. Many buses go here including 7, 18 and 19.
Cheap Accommodation in Wenzhou
From the south train station (where the fast train will arrive), catch the #17 bus to 三 … something. Only two characters though.
We stayed at the Ke Lai Ja Business Hotel. It cost 144rmb/night. It was a nice room in a good location. Many buses go everywhere from this street. At night there is a good market and snack street outside.
Getting from Lishui to Hangzhou
Our next stop is Hangzhou to see the (杭州) Tea Fields.
To get from Lishui to Hangzhou, catch a train. Book it a day or two in advance to be safe. “Hou tian” is Mandarin for “the day after tomorrow”.
There are a few trains that go there in the afternoon, but none in the morning. The first one leaves at 1309, but don’t catch that because it takes 7 hours, and the rest of them only take 5. Try for the K8402. The cost is 48.5rmb. If there are no seats, get the next one. There is one every hour or so.
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