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Jinggang Mountain Travel Guide

 2014-01-22    Ada    Tours    Shaoshan    685  

Along with Mao Zedong's hometown, Shaoshan, the Jinggang Mountain is one of the most important sites of the Communist Revolution. The Jinggang Mountains is located in the Luoxiao Mountains, in the remote border region between Jiangxi and Hunan provinces, China. High peaks and thick forests contribute to make the mountain quite steepy. It was these natural indentations that gave the mountain its name of Jing, meaning well and gang, meaning ridge - hence 'Jinggang'.

Mt. Jinggang is famous for the fact that it was here that forces led by Zhu De joined those headed by Mao Zedong. Together, the combined forces of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) marched on to a victory that was to establish the new China under the Chairmanship of Mao Zedong. Therefore, Jinggang Mountain is also known as the Cradle of Revolution. This mountain has great significance in the annals of modern Chinese history for it was here that important events during the Chinese revolution took place. For those who are interested in the history of the revolution, it is possible to take a tour on Mt. Jinggang that the people who against great odds struggled to establish the Peoples' Republic of China. The mountain with its special features is quite different from the other sights, which makes a visit so rewarding.

Besides the historical elements, it is a great mountain with most peaks over 1,000 meters above sea level. The area surrounding the mountain extends to some 250 kilometers. The first site of interest is Five-Fingers (Wuzhi) Peak; this is the highest in the Jinggang mountain range. The peak has the appearance of five extended fingers, hence its name. It is not only the highest point but is the largest and considered to be the most beautiful sight on the mountain. The steep peak extends in an imposing way from southeast to northwest. The group of lakes at the foot of Five-Fingers (Wuzhi) Peak is like a bright moon shining upon the boundless sea of clouds. Five-Fingers Peak is now the nature reserve of Jiangxi Province.

Next, Dragon-Pond (Longtan) waterfalls is also a wonderful place which is also referred to as the Five-Dragon-Pond. When you enter this area long before you catch sight of the falls, you will hear the thunder-like roar of the water. The waterfall rushes down from a 30 meter (about 99 feet) high cliff and is caught in its path by a large rock that causes the water to break into thousands of pearl-like droplets that glisten in the bright sunshine, hence its name.

Ciping, the center of the Mt. Jinggang area and red revolution base of China, is the place where many sights can be seen. Now many places of interest in connection with the revolution can be seen here. Among these are the Mt. Jinggang Revolution Museum, the Tower of the Revolutionary Martyrs and military statues. Mt. Jinggang Revolution Museum was established here in 1959. The main natural beauties in this area are the Southern Mountain Park in south Ciping and the Yicui Garden.

Mt. Jinggang has an indispensable place in Chinese revolutionary history and offers a good insight into the history of the Chinese revolution. However, this is not only a Red Army tourist spot but is also an area of natural beauty that offers you plenty of scope for relaxation. Enjoy your trip there!

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