Gupo Mountain National Forest Park
Mount Gupo National Forest Park is located about 25 kilometers almost due north of the city of Hezhou, just slightly more than halfway between the city of Hezhou and the border with Hunan Province directly north of Hezhou. The park, which covers an area of some 8000 hectares (80 square kilometers), is characterized by chains of mountain peaks that rise up one after the other alongside deep valleys. It contains the tallest peak in the eastern part of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (Guangxi Province, for short), Tiantang Peak (aka Heaven's Summit) at 1846 meters above sea level, and in fact, the park has 25 peaks that range over 1000 meters above sea level.
Beautiful Gupo Mountain
Welcome to Gupo Mountain
Mount Gupo National Forest Park is an exceptionally verdant, lush park, clothed primarily with broadleaf deciduous trees that make up dense, pristine forests that are broken here and there by exotic rock outcroppings and numerous streams, with the occasional - and occasionally spectacular - waterfall, some of which are spectacularly noisy, producing a deafening roar. The park's most notable waterfalls are Wayaochong Dashing Horse Waterfall, Fairy Lady Waterfall, Arhat Waterfall, Milky Way From Heaven Waterfall, 2 ½ Millimeters Waterfall, Mother And Baby Waterfall, and Mandarin Duck Waterfall. The park also has natural springs, including thermal springs, where many tourists stop up to relax and soothe their feet in a warm, therapeutic bath.
Mount Gupo National Forest Park is also home to a richly varied plant and animal life, with many animals, such as squirrels and monkeys, that have become accustomed to the presence of humans. The latter are so accustomed to the presence of humans among them that they will often not move off the path and out of your way - unlike most such animals that would scurry for cover at the sight of humans - and will sometimes even approach humans to beg for food (peanuts and fruits being their favorite free lunches), something that is sure to delight children especially. There is also a plethora of birds in the park, including many songbird varieties.
There are over 40 special scenic areas in the park, with many paths that facilitate the climb that snakes its way up and then along the mountain range, with spectacular views of the valleys below, dotted with colorful village houses, most of them with dark, shiny slate tile roofs. There is also a cable car for those who prefer the less strenuous view of the mountain range.
Mount Gupo National Forest Park consists essentially of two parks, a low-lying park that is more accessible and which is located near to a village of special holiday villas set among fruit orchards - especially plum trees - replete with all the modern conveniences, including hot springs, and the other park, which lies at a higher elevation, being more spectacular in its views, and more serene, in spite of the din of wildlife, including the many singing birds.
But whether you choose the lower-lying park or the more elevated park, you will be blessed with a mild temperature that averages 18 degrees Celsius year round. Mount Gupo's weather is cool in the summer and warm in the winter, making it something near the ideal clima for out-of-doors activities.