The location of Xiapu （霞浦）-
That was many years ago when I saw a painting like photo with amazing pattern of fishing huts scatter on low-lying beach. There is no name to indicate the location of the picture but I know it is one of the well hidden place in China. The picture was kept in my mind until one day I read another magazine with similar pattern of pictures then I know it is a fishing village in Fujian province. It is not a popular village name and I somehow forgot the name again and just remember it is a place in Fujian Province. And I told myself I have to go this place when I visit Fujian one day. Not until this year when I visited a bookshop in Shanghai and found a book called “The Last Precious Landscape in China” (中国 最后的稀世美景）by The Discovry of National Geographic. I found the place again in the book and this time I decided to not let the place slip through again from me. I bought the book. Yes, the village is called Xiapu (霞浦). Xiapu is located at the North East of Fujian province. It has a long coastal line of 404km, with a large portion of sea shore protected by mountains and rocks (calm and safe), making it perfect for fishers to establish since the past thousand years.
There are a lot of scenic spots in Xiapu. According to the local photographer –
The hills serve as a good spot for photographer to compose many of the stunning picture of Xiapu. Together with the scenery, colourful low lying sand, history, culture, fisher farm and fisherman working scene, it is not strange why there are so many photographers travel to here with so many unusual picture like photos were taken.
Hand draw map of Beiqi (北岐）by Figuremaker in Yododo Blog. Low lying beach surrounded by hills – (http://www.yododo.com/area/blog/012529C0FB92193EFF8080812527D42B)
Image from www.whatsonxiamen.com.
Image from http://resultsof2ndgdpc.giadinhphoto.com
The best season for photography is after mid-autumn. This is the time when the fishermen start to re-build the farm and hang the seaweed to the bamboo planted on low lying beach. The scene will last for a month. Subsequently, the fishermen will continue maintaining the farm and do harvesting simulteneously. The seaweed is in white colour at the early state and turn to yellow and green with black at the edge before harvesting. It will need one month to grow and harvest and there will be 5 harvesting until next year spring.
Based on the feedback from several blogs, Xiapu offers affordable lodging and fresh seafood. Sunset and sunrise. Do nothing and relax. 白水洋 and 海蚀地貌 around Xiapu and Fuzhou can be a nice twist and break from the fisher farm scene.
Fuzhou (福州）is the nearest city. There are ten over buses every day from morning travel to Linde (灵德). From Linde, you can transit to another transport to Xiapu for another 99km of journey. There are also many direct express buses from Fuzhou Northern bus station to Xiapu (about 2 hours). Lianjian (连江）is nearer to Fuzhou. Mazou (马祖）Island of Taiwan is just one stone away from Lianjian so you probably would like to visit Mazhou together with your trip here (provided you have the multiple entry visa of China).
1. The Last Precious Landscape of China by the Discovery of Natinoal Geographic
2. China Tourism Magazine – 2011 Apr – Issue 370
3. Shanghai Tan’s blog “Fisher Paradise” – http://www.chekim.com/blog/2010/01/10/fujian-xiapu/