Jiu Hua Shan locates at Guichi City, Qing Yang county, Anhui Province. The entire area occupies some 120 sq. miles, not too far from Huang Shan which takes approx. 2-1/2 hours drive to its entry point at the foothill. The main range has a height of 1,324 metres; the entire mountainous range is actually an extension of nearby Huang Shan range.
|* The remaining three are Wu-Tai Shan
in Shanxi, Pu Tuo Shan at Zhejiang Province, Er_Mei Shan in Szechuan Province. Jiu
Hua Shan also known as Jiu Zhi Shan as there are all together ninety nine mountain
with nine distinctive ranges that made up this scenic Buddhist location.
Today, it has been rated as one of China's designated National Scenic Zone and ranked top among the four holiest Buddhist mountains in China with hundreds of temples built around spectacular peaks and perilous cliffs. Basically, most of the Buddhist temples found at JiuHuaShan are of Mahayana Buddhism as well as those found at remote peaks and cliffs areas belongs to school of Taoist Buddhism. Access to some of them temples here at uphill is via a bus terminal at a foothill gathering area. The central district of JiuHuaShan is not a very big township but rather the main street is just a few hundred yards of a main road up there (jiu Hua Street) where you can find countless souvenir shops retailing pilgrimage materials such as Joss ticks, candles and others with many old houses with ancient architecture separated by tight and narrow alleys. There are probably hundreds of old temples which could aged a few hundred years of historical background behind them. These temples, numbered in hundreds, size and formation are spreading across the many hilly, mountainous ranges where accessibility can be very difficult (esp. for short stay and one just need to be well prepared for steep CLIMB ! ). The main street of Jiu hua is also where some of the 3-4 stars rated hotels are found. You can literally find temples of interest around the main street, some more well known temples such as BaisuiGong (The Palace of Hundred Years, with old name "Zhai-Xing Ann - Temple for "Stars Harvesting") is just few hundreds yards away with a cable car cum elevator; I would suggest you to pay a little extra to utilize elevator service to go up to the peak rather than spending few hours to climb up a concreate stair ways by foot whichalso avoiding the oddly-size (huge) monkeys which can be very demanding for food from tourists. The center piece of attraction of BaisuiGong is a Shrine of a well-preserved body an eminent monk, named WUXIA which legend said passed away at 126 years old and the mummy is timed around 350 years !
Some sites that relates (in Chinese):
Jiu Hua Shan Management Committee (Official TOURISM AND GOVERNMENTAL Site)
http://www.ah163.net/anhui/ftrq/tourjhs01.html (basic 1-page summary)
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