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Lishan Nature Reserve is located in Qinshui County in Shanxi province about 100 kilometers from the city of Jincheng. This Reserve is found within the lush extensive Loess plateau that covers an area of almost 400,000 square kilometers. With an average loess thickness of 50 meters this plateau ranks among the top five plateaus in china.
If you continue your journey towards the South Western part of this plateau you will come across Shun Wang Ping or Lishan Nature Reserve near Huang He. This eco destination is habitat to indigenous vegetation as well as wild animals and it boats of a rich diversity of endangered animal species such as rhesus monkeys musk deer, pheasants, and giant salamanders.
The origin of the name Shun Wang Ping which in English translates to the land belonging to Monarch Shun has been closely linked with a popular myth that in the ancient times a monarch called Shun lived here and tilled the land. Most of the main attractions here at Lishan Nature Reserve are centered on Mount Lishan, which is at an altitude of 2332 meters above sea level.
From the top of this mountain you can let your mind wander into the world of imagination as you have an amazing view of the splendid sunset. There is a small pavilion nearby from which you can which gives you an opportunity to have a magnificent view of the hot springs and the river that flows below.
Features of Lishan Nature Reserve
Apart from Manghe reserve Lishan is the only other nature reserve in Jincheng that is home to the protected Macaque monkey. Also a better part of the ecosystem here has been well preserved and has been untouched by human interference. The serene and tranquil atmosphere of the virgin forestland and the surrounding environment make it an ideal destination for environment savvy tourist. Lishan is certainly blessed with numerous scenic spots and uncountable cultural relics. Some of the features and attractions worth mentioning include’ ten attractions and five marvelous views’.
Since it covers a wide area the reserve is divided into seven sections each with their own different attractions. In total there are about one hundred scenic areas and Xiachuan cultural site found at the central part ranks first. The cultural site was officially opened in 1972 and is of significant cultural history to the people of China. Most cultural relics discovered at the site represent the second phase of the Stone Age period. This is because these cultural remains have been dated back to 24000 to 13000 years ago. Here you will have an opportunity to view plucking and gathering agricultural implements i.e. mill pestle, grinding rod and sickles. A thirty-minute tour of this place will enlighten you on the agricultural and other practices of the Paleolithic period.
The Shun Wang temple, Tang Wang and Shentian temples are sites within the reserve that are rich in religious history and are good examples of ancient architecture. Other recommended sites include, Yixiantian, Shun Wang Ping, and Baiyun cave, which are all not far between.