Many foreigners might know about the Wuyi Mountains through its world-famous Wuyi tea. Wuyi tea was introduced to Europe in the 17th century, and is considered the first kind of black tea in the world. But the Wuyi Mountains are more than that.
Formed 400 million years ago, the Wuyi Mountains lie in the junction of Jiangxi and Fujian provinces, and known as the "roof of East China." With a forest coverage of 96.3 percent, it is home to abundant flora and fauna resources, and crowned as the "Paradise of Birds."
The silver pheasant and the Elliot's pheasant are two celebrity bird species living here. The male silver pheasant has brilliant white plumage and pretty long tail feathers, which match its Chinese name, meaning "snow-white with noble elegance." The male Elliot's pheasant has a different look. It has metallic luster on the back. Being endemic to China, the Elliot's pheasant is under first-class state protection in China.