China’s landmarks are filled with history and legends, the latter of which never fails to add mystery and charm, making it even more worthwhile attractions to both local and foreign tourists. Take, for example, the Green Lotus Peak.
During the time of fairies and heavenly beings, a Chinese fairy wanted to leave the heavens. A moon fairy took a pity on her and brought her toward the Li River, transforming her into a green lotus. There she lived happily while carrying her love for the carp. However, a god became a threat; to prevent the sad end of the love story, she was turned into a hill and the carp became the shoal.
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The Green Lotus Peak is truly a symbol of love and ethereal beauty. Though there are many different shapes of hills that line the Li River, the peak is of a different league, as it resembles that of a blossoming lotus—a perfect image of the fairy’s love to the water’s carp.
The green sceneries are also sufficient to take your breath away. They are a welcome respite to the growing skyscrapers and the slowly-polluted waters of China’s busy cities and provinces. To make the hill even more interesting, massive statues or monuments, also known as moya, dot the area and can be seen from afar. One of the most well-known, a dai, resonates across all generations and delivers an apt message. Composed of 8 Chinese characters, the dai speaks of the youth’s responsibility to maintain the beauty of the hill as well as the river and to contribute to the country’s progress. The dai, which was painted during the Qing Dynasty, measures almost 10 feet in width and more than 15 feet in height.
The most free-spirited tourists love to take a hike toward the hill or proceed to the Jianshan Tower, built sometime in AD 713 around the Tang Dynasty. The monks no longer live here ever since it was destroyed, but the tower stands mighty and strong, as well as offers a refreshing perspective of the peak.
Most of the tourists prefer to take a cruise down by the Li River. This also gives you a more comprehensive view of the hill, especially when it reflects into the waters—it definitely looks like a floating lotus!
Another fantastic place to view the Green Lotus Peak is the View Lotus Bridge. It is also a commemoration of the province’s history and culture as various scenes depict the people’s way of living and the bridge’s surrounding landscape.
Other noteworthy sites along the Li River are the Schoolboy Hill—a legend on its own. It is also near the Xingping Fishing Village, known for imbibing the old coastal charm of China.