Horse Race Mount
Last updated by apolo at 2013-11-3
Horse Race Mount Overview
Horse Race Mount is located in the Kangding Love Song Scenic Area. This is the original place described in the famous Chinese folk song: Kangding Love Song. And nowadays Horse Race Mount has become a sybomlization of romantic love between lovers. Horse Race Mount is well known for its wonderful natural scenery from ancient times till now. It boasts of many scenic spots which present to tourists a fairyland. Ascending the mount, you will be greatly surprised by the exquisite landscape in west China. The major scenic spots of Horse Race Mount include Five Color Sea, Yongxue Tower, Auspicious Buddhist Temple, Lingyun White Pagoda, Horse Race grassland, Yufo Pool, Feiyun Corridor, Dongguan Pavilion, and Kwan-yin Pavilion, etc.
Five Color Sea
Tourists can first take road on Sima Bridge or Mud Mount at the left side of Horse Race Mount, walk through the paths among azaleas and roses, pass by five Auspicious Mani Earth Piles, and finally arrive at the Five Color Sea of 4100 meters above the sea in five or six hours. Accounting 110 square meters, the Five Color Sea is circled by three towering mountains. There is a waterfall rushing down from the precipitous cliff at the right side of the mountain. In the morning sunlight, the pearl-like water drips of the waterfall fly to the cuddle of the crystal-clear lake in such a romantic and grand manner that you cannot help wonder whether you are in a happy fairyland.
It is the best place to appreciate the scenery of snow and make poems. Yongxue Terrace is located to the south of Horse Race Mountain and covered by green trees. In early spring, the southwest mountain ranges will become glacier sculptures, while in warm days they are accompanied by ridges of emerald green trees nearby and towering snow-covered mountains in the far.
Auspicious Buddhist Temple
The scenic spot is situated on the hillock to the west of the Horse Race Mount. It is cuddled by lush trees and colorful flowers. Standing on the bowlder steps, the Auspicious Buddhist Temple signifies glory, peace, happiness, and good fortune.
Lingyun White Pagoda
Walking out form the side palace of Auspicious Buddhist Temple, you will find the towering Lingyun White Pagoda. It stands on the hillock top of Horse Race Mount and rises over 20 meters. The pagoda is circled by white clouds adding mystery to the mountain. The pagoda collects and stores sculptures of Buddha and Buddhist Scriptures.
Horse Race Level Ground
Horse Race Mount is famous for the activity of horse race. Each year on 13th of the fifth lunar month, many horse racers will gather here for the contest. The level ground has another name Dengtuola which means a place as flat as cushion. Tourists can appreciate national dances, opera, and horse races, etc. during festivals. Around the level ground are green trees which change colors in different seasons.
Along with Horse Race Level Ground, you will reach Yufo Pool through the paths in the forest. According to Buddhist scriptures, Sakyamuni, the ancestor of Buddhism, once took a bath here with nine dragons. Therefore some sculptures such as Nine Dragon Spraying Water are made at the side of the pool so as to commemorate Sakyamuni, and the scenic spot become more attractive to tourists.
There is a mountain-circling highway at the foot of Horse Race Mount. Walking up for a hundred steps along with the alley at the opposite side of mosque, you will see the Feiyun Corridor. In front of the corridor lies a package of two-meter wide stone steps. At the ends of the steps sits a pair of stone lions. Tourists can take a rest in front of the railings in the corridor while appreciating the beautiful scenery. The long corridor is constructed along with the Horse Race Mount. It has red and strong pillars, for which the corridor look more elegant and comfortable. Besides, the corridor is decorated with other constructions, such as high buildings, huge mansions, Rosy Clouds Bridge, General Bridge, and Xiaqiao Bridge.
Walking down from Dongguan Pavilion, Kwan-yin Pavilion is located at the side of cliffs. It is a pavilion for the oblation of Kwan-yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Kwan-yin Temple was originally built up at the end of Qing Dynasty, and was later rebuilt or repaired for many times. The temple has many statues of Buddha. Local people as well as tourists often come here to burn joss sticks and worship them. On the ninth day every month according to lunar calendar there are sounds of bell and crackers. It is also the day for people living within or nearby the county to burn joss sticks, Kowtow, and alms giving. The temple will offer lunch to pilgrims that day.
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How to Get There?
Tourists can take a car to the foot of Horse Race Mount; the mountain roads are a little steep and it requires half an hour by horse to the mountain; tourists should be careful while climbing the mountain; it usually takes 30 yuan by cable car.
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