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Purify yourself at Mount Fanjing

 2014-05-27    Ada    Tours    Tongren    906  

Mount Fanjing, located in Guizhou province, is the highest peak in the Wuling Mountain range, at an altitude of 2,572 m (8,438 ft). Fanjing Mountain attracts tourists for its beautiful scenery, historical sites and unique ecological system. Fanjing Mountain is a paradise for wild animals, the Mount Fanjing National Nature Reserve was established in 1978 and designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1986. Besides, mount Fanjing also has the status of a sacred Buddhist mountain.

Entering Fanjing Mountain from the Heiwan River, the first characteristic that attracts your attention is the clear water and lush trees, especially in autumn, when the waters are especially in autumn, when the waters are especially beautiful. Colorful pebbles and small fish line the river's bottom and the trees' leaves turn red. Arriving at the 10,000-Step Scaling Ladder, tourists can enjoy beautiful sights as well as the vertical distribution of vegetation on Fanjing Mountain.

Having the best preserved ecological system, it has been designated as a national nature reserve. Fanjing Mountain National Nature Reserve is located in an area comprising parts of three counties of Jiangkou, Yinjiang and Songtao in the northeast of Guizhou Province. With an area of 567 square kilometers, the Reserve is 21 kilometers wide and 27 kilometers long. There you can find 304 species of mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles, and 17 protected species, including the Guizhou golden monkeys and South China Tiger. The most valuable animal in Fanjing Mountain is the Qian golden monkey. Because of the cinerous fur on their back, they also called grey golden monkey. Fanjing Mountain is the only distribution of these monkeys.

Fanjing Mountain is also a famous mountain for Buddhism in China. At the foot of the Fanjing Mountain, there is a Jiuhuang Cave. It is said that the cave is the place Queen Li practiced Buddhism. The top of almost all Buddhist mountains is called "golden summit." Emei Mountain is well known, but Fanjing mountain is special in that it has three "gold summits." The first is on Mt. Fenghuang, the main peak of Fanjing Mountain, 2,572 meters above sea level, which once had temples where pilgrims would pray. The second is on Mt. Laoshan, 2,493 meters above sea level, which also had temples for Buddhist followers. The third, called Fanjing Golden Summit, a 94-meter-high huge rock, is 2,336 meters above sea level between Fenghuang golden Summit and Laoshan Gold Summit. Its top is often shrouded in colorful clouds, hence its name Hongyun( Red Cloud) Summit. The deep crevice that divides the top part of the rock into two parts is called Jindao (Gold Knife) Gorge. A most fascinating natural phenomenon is Buddha's halo. In the scenic spots such as Golden Summit, Jiuhuang Cave and Mushroom Cloud, at sunrise or sunset, sometimes a halo of rainbow colors appears around the reflection, called "Buddha's halo."

The sight of such a miraculous phenomenon delights people and sometimes, when a lightning occurs, people may find their enlarged reflections in the sky.

What’s more, don't forget to experience the authentic cultures of the Tujia, Miao, Dong and Qiang at the foot of the mountain.

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