Anhui Mount Jiuhua, China
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Mount Jiuhua is located in Qingyang County Anhui Province.
To the south, one can see as far as to the Mount Huangshan, to the north it overlooks the Yangtze River. It's one of the "Four Famous Chinese Buddhist Mountains" together with Mount Wutai, Mount Emei, and Mount Putuo.
It covers a total area of 120 square kilometers. The tall and old trees covered the mountain, and it is quite and tastefully lay out. Start climbing the mountain from the bottom, throughout the mountain, one can witness old temples with incenses wreath around and the sound from reading Buddhist scriptures and bells come to the ears hourly.
As early as East Jin Dynasty (401AD) temples in Mount Jiuhua was built by some monks. Extending works were carryout throughout the successive dynasties. There were temples everywhere in the mountain.
During most popular period, the number of monks could reach
4 or 5 thousands while the number of temples reaching more than 300. Up
to now there are 50 to 60 well preserved temples intact. When Liu Yuxi,
the Tang litterateur, climbed up this mountain, he highly praised it and
thought that the other mountain can not compared in the same breath with
Besides the temples, there are shops, schools, hotels and
farming houses, etc., where tourists can accommodate themselves there
and visit the famous local sites in the mountain.
There are rocks not only swarthy but also in strange interesting
shapes. On a giant stone there carves three big characters "not
in this world". Far in distance, the sky and earth harmonizes with
each other while the slow mountain wind, soughing of the wind in the pines
and the vast beautiful scenes all make people feel like in a fairyland.
At the same time, The Hundres Years Palace, The Ganlu Temple, The Dongya Temple and The Zhiyuan Temple also enlarged into one of the four famous temples. Those structures attracted Buddhists to come and made it very well known in throughout the country.
Mount Jiuhua is a mountain with a very long history and
has many historical relics. Besides all those famous writings and paintings
there are Buddhist stone sculptures on cliff. Mount Jiuhua, a famous tourist
mountain combines scenes Buddhism and its nature beauty.