Jinhua, China is a wonderful place with many unique sights and things to do. During our three weeks in Jinhua, we were able to explore the area and check out some of these sights. Here are the top five things that if you ever have the chance to visit Jinhua, you should be sure to check out. Some are in Jinhua City, and some are a few kilometers outside of the city. I would also recommend taking some time to explore the rural villages of Jinhua.
Double Dragon Cave Scenic Area is full of natural beauty with mountains, forests, caves, and underground waterfalls to explore, including the namesake Double Dragon Cave (Shuanglong Cave). This cave is called “Double Dragon” due to two large stalagmites that resemble dragon heads that guard the entrance to the cave. The cave is huge, about 1200 square meters, and stays at 15′ C year-round. The inner cave is lit with colorful lights and underground rivers and waterfalls. From here it is easy to explore the adjoining Ice-Pot Cave.
Jinhua Ham Museum celebrates the history of the world-renowned Jinhua ham. This dry-cured ham was first produced in Jinhua during the Tang Dynasty and the tradition has continued. Legend has it that Marco Polo returned to Europe after exploring China and brought back this method of dry-curing ham. Jinhua ham is known worldwide for its flavor and nutritional value and was even featured as an ingredient on an episode of Iron Chef. Traditionally, the process takes 8-10 months.
Jinhua Architecture Park showcases 17 unique pavilions by Chinese and international architects. Located on the bank of the Yiwu River, this park is dedicated to the memory of the poet Ai Qing, a native of Jinhua. The park makes a great place to take a walk and enjoy these works of art.
Wong Tai Shin Temple is a Taoist temple dedicated to Wong Tai Shin, is a Chinese deity born in Jinhua in the late 3rd century. He is especially famous in Hong Kong, but it is also venerated in Jinhua since not only was he born here, this is where he became immortal. He is well-known for his powers of healing. There are several different buildings on the grounds, each holding shrines to Wong Tai Shin and each serving a different purpose.
Zhuge Bagua Village is arranged into the eight baguas of Taoist cosmology, starting from a Yin Yang pond in the middle of this historic village. Many of the buildings in this village date back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties. About 4,000 people currently live here, about 80% of which trace their lineage back to Zhuge Liang, an important military strategist, statesman, scholar, and inventor in the third century.