Mount Jiuhua is one of the four sacred mountains of Chinese Buddhism. It is located in Qingyang County in Anhui province and is famous for its rich landscape and ancient temples. Many of the mountain's shrines and temples are dedicated to Ksitigarbha, who is a bodhisattva and protector of beings in hell realms according to Mahayana Buddhist tradition. Pious Buddhists often visit Anhui to climb to Greater Tiantai peak, which is regarded as Jiuhuashan's most important peak, although it is not the tallest. If you are a devout Buddhist, burning some incense on the Mount Jiuhua would be a must-have along your China tours.
Mount Jiuhua was called Mount Lingyang in Han Dynasty. It was called Mount Jiuzi (九子山) in Liang and Chen Dynasties of South Dynasties. A legend says that the great poet Li Bai of Tang Dynasty travelled here and wrote down "Magic is divided to two branches, sacred mountain generates nine glories.". Thus it was named Mount Jiuhua. It is no wonder that so many travelers particularly request their China tour operator to arrange the Mount Jiuhua for them in their Anhui itinerary.
JiuHuashan is delicately beautiful which is located in the southeastern part of Chizhou City, in Quingyang County of Anhui Province. The gross area reaches 120 square kilometers, while the protection area reaches 114 square kilometers. Shiwang Peak is the highest one with an elevation of 1342 meters above sea level. Together with Wutai Mountain in Shanxi, Emei Mountain in Sichuan and Putuo Mountain in Zhejiang. Jiuhua Mountain is called one of the four great Buddhist mountains in China. In 719 AD, Kim Qiaoque, a Silla prince (today's Qingzhou city in South Korea) came to Jiuhua Mountain and cultivated himself for 5 years. He died at 99 years of age, his corporeal body stayed intact. Because he was very similar in appearance to Dizang Buddhisattva, the monks there believed Dizang Boddhisattva was reincarnated in him, as a result, Jiuhua Mountain became the place to hold rites for Dizang Boddhisatva. During the golden periods of the Ming and Qing dynasties, there were as many as 360 temples and 4,000 to 5,000 monks and nuns. The mountain is not only famous for its Buddhist culture but also noted for its natural landscapes featuring old pines, green bamboo forests, strange rocks, waterfalls, streams and caves. Every year, many China educational tours come here and offer students a great chance to get closer to Chinese Buddhist mountains.
Home to two of China's most famous mountain resorts, Anhui Province doesn't lack for mountain views. While Mount Huangshan is well known for its scenery, the other well-known mountain scenic spot, Jiuhua Mountain stands out for its heavy Buddhist influence. A favorite place for Buddhist pilgrims, the 120 square-kilometer mountain range is dotted with temples and shrouded in heavy incense smoke all year round. Many businessmen come to Jiuhua Mountain to burn incense to pray for brisk business of them along their China business travel.
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