Luofu Mountain, also called Dongqiao Mountain (in which “qiao” means firewood), encompasses a total of 432 hills in various sizes, more than 980 famous springs and waterfalls, 72 stone caves and cliffs, and 18 breathtaking landscapes in the Luofu Mountain area.
The mountain itself is spectacular with peaks rising one upon another. As well, the surrounding scenery is incredibly beautiful and the weather is typically agreeable. Because of all this, Luofu Mountain is a very famous and popular summer resort in China for travelers on holiday.
Geologically, Luofu Mountain is a combination of Luo Mountain and Fu Mountain. About 8 million years ago, the earth’s crust in this area faulted, pinching, and raised this enormous body of granite. After tens of millions of years of erosion by wind and rain, Luofu Mountain began to take shape with its grotesque peaks. The origin of its name is recorded in a document named, “Dong Han Dynasty Record, Junxian Description.”
What makes Luofu Mountain special is its dramatically alternating, towering peaks and remarkable boulders and rocks. The main and highest peak, Feiqu Peak, also known as Feiyun Peak, stands 1,296 meters. Its name comes from the fact that colorful clouds often fly over it. Climbing to the top and looking into the distance, one can see as far as the Southeastern China cities of Boluo, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zengcheng, Guangzhou , Longmen, and more!
Apart from its dramatic slopes, Luofu Mountain is known for its flying waterfalls and unbelievable natural springs. There are large amounts of springs in Luofu Mountain, which give birth to nearly 1,000 waterfalls around them. The 3 most famous springs are Long Living Well Spring in Chongxu Ancient Temple, Zhuxi Spring behind Baoji Temple, and Niangquan Spring beside Suliao Temple. Many of these waters are believed to have curative and health-benefiting powers. For example, the water of Long Living Well Spring is recognized as being very high-quality and drinkable with heavy calcium carbonic acid containing zinc.
The resulting waterfalls around these springs are another highlight of the Luofu Mountain area. in fact, there are so many waterfalls here that no other mountain area in China can compete. The most well known cascades are Baishuidi, Huanglong Cave, Baishui Gate, and Liubei Pool. The water tastes sweet and fresh, winning universal praise and appreciation of visitors from all over the world.
Finally, Luofu Mountain is known for its caves. There are 18 large caves and hundreds of smaller ones in the whole mountain zone. Peering or venturing inside one of them, visitors can see a endless dark spaces with many fantastic geological relics.
Beyond the natural beauties of Luofu Mountain, the area also has its share of famous legends and rich cultural relics. There are many temples on the mountain to be seen such as Jiuguan Temple, Shibashi Temple, and Sanshier’an Temple. In particular, Chongxuguan Ancient Temple and Yanxiang Temple are particularly well preserved. Experienced from a cultural aspect, the main culinary specialties are Luofu Mountain Hundred Grass Oil, sweet tea, Suliao Insolated Vegetables, Liangguo fruit, and fresh mineral water.
It is for all these reasons that since ancient times, many Chinese poets, calligraphers, and heroes have adored Luofu Mountain and found it inspirational.