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China, Buddhist Mountain provides great natural scenery and cultural sites in Anhui

Jiuhua, a sacred mountain in China’s Southern Anhui Province is one of the most famous scenic spots in China, and indeed the wider region too.
Jiuhua Mountain is one of the Four Great Buddhist Mountains in China, it is renowned both inside and outside the country for its culture and beautiful landscape, and it is also well known as the “Lotus Land of Buddha”.

Natural scenery with the cultural icons of Jiuhua Mountain.

There are more than 90 temples on the mountain and over 6,000 statues of Buddha, some of which are still in their “mortal body” form.
Jiuhua Mountain is also very famous for its fantastic peaks and perilous overhanging cliffs.
There are a myriad of gurgling streams, springs, waterfalls, exotic-looking boulders, grotesque rocks, ancient caves, stunning natural bamboos and many other fantastic things to see.
The highest peak in Jiuhua Mountain is Shiwang Peak, which stands at more than 1300 meters high.
Aside from its popularity as a famous tourist site, Jiuhua Mountain is also a sacred place that contains a rich Buddhist culture.
All of these factors have caused Jiuhua Mountain to become a popular destination among both local and foreign visitors who eagerly visit the mountain daily.
Recently, more than 30 representatives of the media from Asean countries and China have participated in the Asean and Chinese Media Tour in southern Anhui province with a visit to Jiuhua Mountain included in the tour itinerary.
The trip was organised by the Propaganda Department of Anhui Province Committee, the Asean-China Centre, the Anhui Province People’s Government Information Office, the China International Broadcast Station Southeast Area Broadcast Center, and the Asean Finance magazine and the trip was arranged between May 18-24.
Ms Malaithong was the representative from Vientiane Times and was one of the Lao media representative participating on this trip, and she told story of her wonderful trip to this writer, including introducing the places she visited in Anhui province.
Jiuhua Mountain or Buddhist Mountain proved her most impressive place ever.
She said that she had a good time and also had many great experiences on this trip, especially at JiuhuaMoutain itself.
“It was my first time visiting China, as well as visiting Anhui province and Jiuhua Mountain. But I enjoyed it a lot visiting some of the tourist attractions of this province, especially visiting Jiuhuan Mountain of Chizhou city,” Malaithong explained.
“Normally, I am a person who gets carsick easily when I am in a car which is driving into the high mountains yet sitting in a car which was being driven into the Buddhist Mountain did not make me get carsick at all because of how beautiful natural scenery and landscape is there with so many trees, flowers, cliff, rocks, valleys, and rivers.”
“Its great natural and cultural scenery and atmosphere made me forget feeling tired or carsick!”
“I am very happy to have had a chance to visit the Buddhist Mountain in Chizhou city, Anhui province and I never knew that China had such a beautiful Buddhist Mountain like this.”
“I enjoyed trip so much. I would like to thank the trip organising committee and also I would like to introduce Jiuhua Mountain via this article because it is still stuck in my mind.”
“All places are interesting and beautiful but Jiuhua Mountain is the most impressive spot I have visited. Of course, I would like to visit this sacred mountain again if I have a chance again.”
Jiuhua Mountain is located in Qingyang County, Chizhou City, Anhui Province. It is near to the Yangtze River in the northwest and close to the picturesque Yellow Mountain in the southeast.
It covers a scenic area of 120 square kilometres. Being a famous tourist summer resort, it is classified as a national 5A-class tourist area.
The mountain is not only famous for its Buddhist culture but also noted for its natural landscapes featuring old pines, green bamboo forests, strange rocks, waterfalls, streams and caves.
It offers tourists beautiful sceneries with every step throughout the year.
The Buddhist Mountain is not only famous for its natural wonders and beautiful scenery, but also it is a world-class scenic area and its natural heritage has great scientific research value with respect to its significant ecological environment.
There are more than 90 peaks in the place, such as Tiantai Peak, Shiwang Peak, Lianhua Peak, Tianzhu Peak, etc.
In 1990, it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. And in 2004, it was among the first to be listed as a UNESCO Global Geopark.
Most Chinese people come here to ask for a blessing at Buddha because they believe that the blessing from the Buddhist Mountain will make them blessed with prosperity in the future.
Chizhou city is located in the south-west of Anhui Province, along Yangze River in the north, neighbours Yellow Montain in the south, Lushan Mountain to its west and Wuhu City to its east.
Chizhou is the first demonstration zone of ecological economy there, as well as being a city with long and important history and culture.
Chizhou is a city of abundant resources and has rich natural reserves and has been known as the “Land of Fish and Rice” in the south of Yangtze River since ancient times.
It is also a nationally important farming area for grain, high quality cotton, tea, pongee, and fast-growing plantations.
Chizou City has been awarded as a ‘China Excellent Tourism City’ for the city has more than 300 tourist attractions with Jiuhua Mountain being just one of them.
Jiuhua Mountain is also a national forest park and it is one of the National Key Scenic Spots which has earned the countries’ top 5-A rating.

By VisithTeppalath
(Latest Update June 30, 2017)

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