Bai Yunshan National Forest Park
Last updated by meimeili at 2014/5/2
Bai Yun Shan, meaning White Cloud Mountain, boasts a number of unique stones and peaks such as Bai Yunfeng, Yu Huangding, Xiao Huangshan, Ji Jiaojian, and Qian Chiya.
It also offers virgin forest wonders such as A Thousand and One Mu (an ancient Chinese unit of measure) Virgin Forest, the Gingko Forest of the Tang Dynasty, Wild Peony Forest, High-Mountain Cuckoo Forest (growing widespread on the slopes, when the cuckoo flowers blossom, the mountain simply radiates), Red Birch Forest, White Birch Forest, and Arrow Bamboo Forest.
As well, there are countless waterfall wonders such as Heilong Pond, Huanglong Well, Pearl Pond, Qinglong Waterfall, Bailong Waterfall, and Jiulong Waterfall. Looking closer to the ground, the Bai Yun Shan are is home to cave wonders such as Baiyun Cave, Qingshe Cave, Luogu Cave, Dongtian Trail, and Xianren Bridge. Cultural heritage sites such as Wuman Temple, Yunyan Temple, and Yuhuang Temple continue to attract visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
An old saying in China goes, "A kind man is as composed as a great mountain; a wise man as broad-minded as clear water." Bai Yun Shan possesses both stunning peaks as well as beautiful waters. Yu Huangding, the #1 peak in Central China, has an altitude of 2,216 meters and offers a breathtaking vantage point for appreciating sunrises and the sea of the clouds that often take over between the ridges of this mountain landscape.
The national park also has unique seasonal wonders such as the Obscure Rising Sun and the Sea of the Cloud, the Cool Summer Resort, and its golden-red autumn leaves. In all, the whole landscape is revered for its spectacular mountain views, dramatic stones, majestic waters, mysterious caves, luscious forests, verdant grasses, vibrant flowers and birds, and so much more. It magnificence and tranquility has integrated the radiance of Northern China’s landscape with the gentleness of Southern China’s backdrop.
There are also 3 rivers streaming down the mountain, the Yi River, Ru River, and Bai River, the latter of which rushes all the way into the great Yellow River. Also in the large, deep canyon of the Bai River, visitors can come across ponds and waterfalls on all sides. Jiulong Waterfall is one of these mystical cascades, falling down over 123 meters, it looks like the Milky Way in liquid form. Under bright sunshine, the waterfall takes on the colors of the rainbow that can be seen anywhere throughout the canyon. The Bai Yun Shan area absorbs the sacred spirit and energy of the 3 rivers, making it an inspirational reflection of Central China’s landscape.
As for its climate, Bai Yun Shan’s setting is on a demarcation line between the climate of the south and that of the north. Because of this, it has a transitional climate spanning from sub-tropical to temperate, giving way to a great variety of plants and animals among its forest coverage that reaches over 98.5%. Bai Yun Shan boasts more than 1,991 kinds of plants, of which over 40 varieties have state-level protection (including 400 stalks of rare gingko trees from the Tang Dynasty grow here), and over 204 kinds of animals, of which over 20 kinds have state-level protection. China has designated the area as a state-level natural reserve. Experts have described the animals and plants as "a museum of nature."
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How to Get There?
Since the distance from the National Forest Park to the city of Luoyang, Nanyang, San Menxia or Ping Dingshan is within 200km, it’s very convenient for tourists to reach the park by bus. It takes you only four or five hours to get to the park by Luoyang City-Bai yunshan bus; two or three hours by Song County-Bai yunshan bus.
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