Hengshan Mountain, named the
Southern Mountain of the Five Sacred Mountains, is located
in Hengyang County, the middle part of Hunan Province.
It has 72 peaks and extends 150 kilometers, with 800
miles in circumference. The Huiyan Peak is the south
end of the peaks, Yuelu Mountain in Changsha City is
the north end, and the Zhurong Peak is the highest,
with 1,290 meters above sea level. On the top, the Shaolin
Temple and the Watching Sunrise Platform are the best
Besides marvelous temples, the mountain
also boasts 9 ponds, 9 wells, 9 pools, 10 caves, 15
rocks, 25 streams and 38 springs, in harmony with green
forests and fragrant flowers and grass. Grand, graceful,
sequestered and culturally abundant, Hengshan Mountain
leads the five sacred mountains by its gracefulness.
As early as 2,000 years ago, many emperors
and celebrities visited Hengshan Mountain and left quite
a lot of stone inscriptions of poems, including that
of famous poets: Libai, Dufu and Zhuxi. With beautiful
scenery and rich cultural heritage, the mountain attracts
travelers home and abroad.
The biggest temple in the mountain
is the Nanyue Temple, which is the largest group of
ancient buildings in Hunan Province, covering an area
of 100,000 square meters. Among the temples in the mountain,
the Fuyan Temple is known as the nation's "First
Temple of Buddhist Doctrine", with a maidenhair
tree of 1,400 years old; the Nantai Temple has a history
of over 1,400 years and is regarded as the origin of
a Buddhist branch in Japan; the Tripitaka Temple, famous
for its delicacy and enfeoffed Confuian classics, is
surrounded by such oddly-shaped ancient trees like Money
Tree, Tree of Love, etc., and many historic sites like
Shuzhuang Tai and Diaoyu Tai and Yunchun Pavilion. The
Fangguang Temple, which is quiet with a forest of ancient
trees, and the Water-Screen Cave, which is mysterious,
are all spots of interest.
The renowned Four Wonders of the Southern
Mountain are, namely, the loftiness of Zhurong Peak,
the delicacy of Tripitaka Temple, the quietness of Fangguang
Temple and the mystery of Water-screen Cave.
The Nanyue Temple has nine courtyards
and the main hall is 22 meters high, supported by 72
stone pillars, which symbolize the 72 peaks of the mountain.
Glazed in red and yellow, the temple, covering 98,500
sq. meters, is linked with many other buildings and
represents a grand palace complex.
The gate of the Nanyue Temple is a
20-meter-high stone gate called Lingxing Gate. The main
hall of the Nanyue Temple is called the Shendi Hall,
over 30 meters high and over 50 meters wide, which looks
magnificent and has two layers. In the middle there
consecrates the figure of Nanyue God Emperor. With 72
large stone poles supporting the hall, it looks magnificent
and characteristic. Passing the God Emperor Hall, it
is Mausoleum with the sitting figures of Saint Father
and Saint Mother. Besides, there are two halls, one
is the Zhusheng Hall, belonging to Taoism, and the other
is the Xiashen Hall, belonging to Buddhism.
The Water-Screen Cave, lying under
the Zigai Peak, is an irresistible attraction. The most
famous in the Water-Screen Cave is foundation. Walking
along the brook and past the stone bridge, you can see
stones with different poses and different carvings.
The falling foundation falls into a stone pool.
Day Changsha Tour To Mawangdui Han Tombs & Yuelu Academy
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Day Private Changsha Tour To Hengshan Mountain
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