Dabu county: Shangri-La of the Hakka world

( chinadaily.com.cn )

Updated: 2011-03-28

Dabu, a county lying in the northeast of Guangdong, has a population of 520,000 and covers an area of 2,647 k㎡. It is the ancestral home of many overseas Chinese and is also the historical cradle of refined porcelain and fragrant Chinese tea. We have picked out some top travel destinations to make your stay worthwhile.

Sanheba (Sanhe Gorge) is the county's main transport hub, complete with convenient land-sea links. On the east bank of the city stands the Martyr's Monument for the battle of August 1, 1927. On the west, there is a mix of various tourist spots such as the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Zhongshan Park, and the grave of Weng Wanda, Minister of Defence in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The surrounding verdant mountains create a picturesque view.

You may enjoy excursions to the magnificent and rugged Yinna Mountain and the ancient Wanfu Temple. Afterward, ramble on through the Fengxi Forest Farm, a provincial nature reserve renowned for being an unfaltering feast for the eyes. The city's other national parks such as Shuangji Mountain also more than live up to their reputations as beauty spots.

The majority of Dabu's residents are Hakka people. Therefore Tulou (earth buildings), their traditional residential architecture abound throughout the county. The Toulu "Tai'an Building" located in the county is known as "the world's greatest residential architectural wonder."

Dabu is also home to ancestral residence of many famous figures. One family among them is Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and his son Lee Hsien Loong.

With so many attractions to lure in travelers, Dabu is embracing tourists from around the globe.