Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Series of Mountain (8): Travel to Huangshan

Located in the south of Anhui Province, Huangshan is praise as “Earthly Fairyland”, being on both the world cultural and natural heritage lists in 1990. Would it be crazy that if I say one should travel to Huangshan at least for four times? That’s true! I’m not joking! For it has distinctive scenes respectively in spring, summer, autumn and winter.
Mount Huangshan has more than 400 famous scenic attractions of which 140 have been developed and opened to tourists.

The renowned Four Wonders of Huangshan are the spectacular rocks, oddly shaped pines, hot springs and “sea of clouds”. The pines on the mountain are tall and have fascinating shapes. The famous Welcoming Guests (Yingke) Pine (1,500 years old) and See-Guest-Off Pine have become a symbol of being faithful, unyielding and hospitable. More than 200 days each year on Mount Huangshan are misty and cloudy. The vapors coagulate to form a sea of clouds. As the clouds cloak the mountain, they give a feeling of being in fairyland.

Generation after generation, the wonderful scenery of Huangshan has attracted many visitors. People have come to eulogize Huangshan, resulting in a rich legacy of art and literature. Xu Xiake, a famous traveler of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) visited Huangshan twice, and described it in a poem, calling it best of all mountains in China. Some artists have even formed the Huangshan School. Besides, there are numerous and widespread fairy tales and legends about the Mountain.

It’s no doubt that you will have a memorable trip here!

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