Towering 1,545m above the ferocious East Sea, Mount Taishan is central to Chinese royal traditions and mythological beliefs. It is deemed as the sacred shrine where heaven and earth are linked. During the past 2,000 years, Chinese emperors would climb its precarious trails, to pray for the peace and prosperity of the country and the people.
Millennia ago, Confucius mounted to its mountaintops, and declared: “the world is small.” Today, chair-lift can save all the time and energy and transport you to the ideal sightseeing platform. Calligraphy works, archways, timeworn temples and pagodas blend in with the scenic surroundings. A visit to Mount Taishan is an enlightening trip to China’s most revered mountain, whose status equals to that of an emperor two centuries ago.
If you can only climb one mountain in China, Mount Huangshan fits the bill. The universal appeal of Mt Huangshan is immortalized by countless paintings, poems and sculptures accumulated through various dynasties.
To relish in its soaring pinnacles, fancy rocks and gnarled pine trees emerging out of a sea of clouds as well as electrifying sunset &sunrise, you have two options: by foot or by chair lift. In addition, its hot springs, cloud tea and tasty cuisine, are high recommended by us.
A trip to Mt Huangshan usually includes a leisurely stopover in Xidi and Hongcun Village, whose intact Ming and Qing-era mansions containing ornate sculptures of stone, brick, wood and clay.
Mt Emei Scenic Area&Leshan Giant Buddha (1996)
Standing at 3,099m, the statuesque Mount Emei is the highest among China’s Top Four Buddhist Mountains. Following its southern route, the longest one, you will be awarded with the most breathtaking scenery. Some of our guests recommend Mount Emei as a treasure box, which promises endless scenic vistas.
During the Han Dynasty, Mount Emei has become one of China’s most important sanctuaries of Buddhism. Its over 100 temples fell into disrepair during the 19th century, have been restored to their original glory. Be prepared to run into colonizes of monkeys, which can be aggressive when threatened.
30km east of Mount Emei lies another marvel: the 71m-high Leshan Giant Buddha. Hop on to a boat, or climb up the hills, so you can have a whole impression of this giant who has a 15m-long head, a 6m-long noses and 8m-long index fingers.
If you are really into Buddha statues, the Dongfang Fodu Museum which houses the replicas of Buddhism statues from home and abroad, is eye-opening.
During the past millennia, Mount Wuyi has served as the muse for Taoist masters, monks, emperors, scholars, adventurers, archeologists and philosophers.
The juxtaposition of natural marvels and cultural relics leave the majority breathless.
Ascend the Heavenly Tour Peak to gain a breathtaking panorama,
drift down the Nine Bend River to soak in the laidback atmosphere,
savor a cup of authentic Oolong tea,
puzzle over the 3,800-year-old suspension coffins along the cliff
and visit a sleepy local village and watch the Impression Dahongpao.