China's spectacular mountain landscapes attract the professional
climber and wide-eyed
adventurer alike. Serious climbers are drawn to the Qinghai-Tibet
Plateau to scale the
challenging summit of Mt. Everest -known as Mt. Qomolongma in China- the
tallest peak in
the world. Pilgrims naturally gravitate to China's Five Sacred Mountain
Peaks, which Han
Emperor Wu Di declared sacred in the 2nd century BC.
43 miles south of Jinan, Shangdong Province and 354 miles south of
easternmost East Sacred Mountain -5,068 feet above sea level- offers a
somewhat aided by thousands of ancient carved steps. Rich in historic
relics and steele,
ancient pine stands highlight the magnificent scenes. A must for sunrise
Mt. Huashan is 75 miles east of Xian in Shaanxi Province. The West
Sacred Mountain -7,216
feet above sea level- is famous for its steep and risky ascent - a climb
traditional China as the -most perilous under heaven-.
South of Datong in Shanxi Province. This North Sacred Mountain is rich
in historic sites.
The most spectacular attraction is the breathtaking 1,400-year-old
Hanging Temple, built
clinging to the edge of a precipice that overlooks a valley far below.
Located 225 miles south of Changsha in Hunan Province. Famous for its
and magnificent Buddhist temples, many regard Hengshan as the most
beautiful mountain in
Located 47 miles southwest of Zhengzhou in Henan Province. The Middle
-4,959 feet above sea level- is famous for the 72 temples on the 72
slopes. The Shaolin
Temple, apart from being the cradle of the Chan -Zen- Sect of Buddhism
in China, is
popular for its historic role in the development of Chinese martial
Located 750 miles south of Beijing in Anhui Province. The only mountain
that is listed in
China's Top Ten Scenic Spots is Mt. Huangshan which has been worshipped
times for its unique beauty. Declared by the World Tourism Organization
as a -Cultural and
Natural Heritage- of the world, it offers an ideal place for seekers of
antiquity as well
as for novelty explorers. Some peaks reach up to 5,900 feet high. The
scenery is renowned
for its dramatic changes from hour to hour and through the seasons.
There is a cable-car
service, and the paved paths are well maintained. And there is an
airport serving the
tourist to this scenic spot.
Mt. Lushan is a unique mountain resort located in the eastern province
of Jiangxi. Hanyang
Peak, towering majestically above the Yangtze River and Boyang Lake, is
shrouded in mist. Caves, floral paths, waterfalls, cliffs and gardens
all present lyrical
wonders. Villas and hotels of various architectural styles built over
the past century
promise a comfortable stay.
JINGGANG MOUNTAINS: The Jinggang Mountains, also in
Jiangxi, are admired
as a historic locale, famous as the starting point for Mao's Long March
in 1934. Now a
scenic mountain resort, the mountains offer beautiful views with
bountiful waterfalls and
Wuyi Mountain lures rafting enthusiasts. Located in northwestern Fujian
scenery here has been compared to that of Guilin. The place has been
developed into a
National Tourist Resort.
CHANGBAI MOUNTAINS: Skiers may opt for the snowy slopes
of the Changbai
Mountains amidst the Korean-populated eastern region of Jilin Province.
Mt. Mogam, a well-known summer resort Hangzhou, offers acres of
forests, and dozens of caves for exploring.
MOUNTAIN: Xiqiao Mountain in Quangdong Province has
become a popular
resort for vacationing Hong Kong families.
MOUNTAIN: Wudang Mountain, in Hubei Province near
Wuhan, has been an
important Taoist center since the Ming Dynasty. Eight palaces and dozens
decorate its winding mountain path, leading to the glittering Golden