Mt Lushan

Mt Lushan is at the center of Mt Lushan National Park in Jiangxi Province in southern China. Hiking in the national park is one of the top things to do in China, due to its stunning natural scenery and great hiking opportunities. Lushan travel is popular not only because of the park's scenic beauty, but also because of its convenient location, as those who visit the area can also stop off at the province's capital, Jiujiang City, home to numerous cultural relics and historical temples.

Mountains in China

Mt Lushan National Park is situated to the south of China's longest river, the Yangtze River. The park covers more than 300 square miles, and has over 90 mountain peaks. The tallest of these is Hanyang Peak, which reaches to the awesome height of over 4,800 feet. Mt Lushan is famed for its steep inclines and jaw-dropping ravines. There are twelve scenic areas in Mt Lushan National Park, including flower paths, lakes, and springs that have been marked out as especially breathtaking. Wulao Feng, at 4,700 feet above sea level, consists of five peaks, and is known for the great views hikers are rewarded with once they reach the top and can look over the forests in the foreground, and the distant mountains.

Lushan travel is a definite must-do for any hiking tour of China, as Mt Lushan National Park provides the kind of challenge that will attract serious hikers and mountaineers. On the other hand, if you're more of a walker than a climber, Mount Lushan is just as inviting, as routes along its lower slopes are sure to provide spectacular sights of waterfalls, rivulets, and grottoes. At the foot of Mt Lushan stands the Donglin Monastery, so after a strenuous climb, vacationers can learn a little about Buddhism and its followers.

Mt Lushan is not only known for its natural beauty. Like many mountains in the country, such as Mt Wudang in Hubei province, and Mt Tai in Shandong, Mt Lushan is also culturally significant to the Chinese, and has great religious importance. Relics of Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, and Confucianism can be found on the mountain, and there are also temples and stone inscriptions to be discovered on the mountainside. There may not be anything as awe-inspiring as the Leshan Giant Buddha, but there is a wealth of hidden treasures on Mount Lushan, which is one reason why it might be a good idea to take a guidebook with you on your walk or hike.

Lushan travel is relatively easy, as Mount Lushan lies to the south of Jiujiang City, a major transport hub, and to north of Lushan Airport. The airport doesn't serve international flights to China, but you can fly from such major cities as Beijing and Shanghai. Jiujiang City lies on the Beijing-Jiulong Railway, the Hefei-Jiujiang Railway, and the Wuhan-Jiujiang Railway. So wherever you are in China, it's likely that you'll be able to get a train easily enough to Jiujiang, from which there are regular buses to Mount Lushan with a journey time of roughly two hours. Jiujiang City is itself of interest, as it has been an important stopping point and trading center for over 2,000 years. The architecture of the city is historically interesting, with buildings such as the Nengren Temple built in the sixth century, and a Wave Well that is nearly 2,000 years old.

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