A trip to famous mountains in Anhui
Mount Jiuhua, mainly comprised of Yanshanian granite, has peaks as main part, and basins, valleys, streams and springs joined together. The mountain is rugged and towering, with totally 99 peaks among which 9 peaks like Tiantai Peak, Tianzhu Peak, Shiwang Peak, Lotus Peak, Luohan Peak, Duxiu Peak and Furong Peak are the most magnificent. Shiwang Peak is the highest at an altitude of 1,342 m. Main scenery is within 100 km2, including Sound of Springs around Jiuzi Rock, Mountain Scenery around Five Streams, Sea of Clouds between Lotus Peak, Snow Accumulated on Flat Mountains, Sunrise above Tiantai Peak, Moon Reflected in Shu Stream, Sea of Bamboos in Min Garden, and Old Pine Trees like Phoenix. Between mountains, ancient temples stand high, incense smoke curls up, and ancient trees tower to the sky, beautiful and quiet. It is called as the [Buddhist Land of Lotus Flowers]. Now it houses 99 temples and over 10,000 Buddha statues. Famous temples include Ganlu Temple, Huacheng Temple, Qiyuan Temple, Zhantan Temple, Baisui Palace, Shangshan Temple and Huiju Temple, which house over 1,000 pieces of cultural relics. In the mountain, there are also rare animals and plants like Money Tree, Jingle Bird and Andrias davidianus. Mount Huangshan, a world geopark, world cultural and natural heritage site, national 5A level scenic spot, one of ten places of interest in China, national scenic area and one of the first national civilized scenic tourist area model, is located in Huangshan City in the south of Anhui Province. It was formerly called Mount Yishan because the mountain and rocks are bluish-black, looking like black pigment from afar. Legend has it that the Yellow Emperor refined pills of immortality here and Emperor Xuanzong of Tang Dynasty believed in Taoism and renamed it “Mount Huangshan” in 747 A.D.(the 6th year of the Tianbao reign of the Tang Dynasty). Xu Xiake, a traveler and geographer of Ming Dynasty, climbed Mount Huangshan two times, and praised, “At home and abroad, there is no better mountain than Mount Huangshan. After climbing Mount Huangshan, there is no any other mountain in the world. What a wonder!” Descendants said, “Not visiting mountains after returning from visit to the Five Great Mountains. Not visiting the Five Great Mountains after returning from visit to Mount Huangshan.”.
Description of the Itinerary
Day 1: Take a bus along Tunxi-Huangshan Highway to Mount Huangshan Scenic Spot. Then take an eco-friendly bus in the scenic spot to Ciguang Pavilion Scenic Spot. Then take a cable car to Jade Screen Pavilion Scenic Spot: visit such scenic spots as Guest-Greeting Pine and Jade Screen Sleeping Buddha, or watch Celestial Peak and Jade Screen Pavilion Scenic Spot far away. Then visit Lotus Peak, pass 100-step Scaling Ladder, A Thread of Sky or Aoyu Cave, and arrive at Aoyu Peak; pass such scenic spots as Sky Sea Scenic Spot, Bright Summit Peak and Feilai Stone (Stone Flying From Afar). Day 2: Get up early and watch the rising sun. Assemble at West Sea Scenic Spot. Visit such scenic spots as Cloud-dispelling Pavilion and West Sea Grand Canyon. Visit North Sea Scenic Spot: pass North Sea Hotel, and visit such scenic spots as Lion Peak, Sanhua Dock Viewing Deck, Dream of Flowers Blooming at Pen-tip, Pen Rack Peak and Jiang Taigong Fishing. Visit the Shixin Peak: watch wondrous pines like Shuqin Pine (Harp Pine), Wolong Pine (Crouching Dragon Pine) and Tanhai Pine (Sea Exploring Pine). Here you can see such scenic spots as Boy Worshiping Avalokitesvara, 18 Arhats facing the South China Sea and Stone Monkey Gazing at the Sea. Visit Baie Ridge (White Goose Ridge), and walk down the mountain or take a cable car down the mountain. Day 3: Set out from Tunxi District. Take a bus along Hefei-Tongling-Huangshan Highway, pass Qingyang County and arrive at Mount Jiuhua. Visit Huacheng Temple and Roushen Temple. Visit Baisui Palace and Qiyuan Temple on foot. Day 4: Take bus to Phoenix Hill Scenic Spot. Take a cable car to Tiantai Peak, and visit Ancient Pine Trees like Phoenix, Ancient Scripture Worshiping Platform (Big Footprints of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva), Avalokitesvara Peak, Scripture-listening Roc Rock and Golden-headed Box Turtle towards the Big Dipper. Then walk down the mountain or take a cable car down the mountain. The pleasant journey is finished.