Last updated by chinatravel at 2013-11-3
Meiling Mountain was originally called Feihong Mountain. As early as the beginning of Han Dynasty, there was post-road in the mountain. In the end of West Han Dynasty, Mei Fu, the governor of Nanchang County, fought against the autocracy of Wang Mang and receded to Feihong Mountain. To remember his loyalty, people built up Mei Immortal Altar high in the mountain, Mei Immortal Temple at the foot the mountain and changed the mountain name to Mei Moutain.
Mei Mountain is one of the holy places for Buddhism and Daoism. There are as many as 136 temples and altars in the mountain. As one of the eight famous temples in Shanxi province, Cui Yan Temple had a 4.8 meters tall bronze Buddha, 2.4 meters tall bronze lotus stand, as well as bronze bottles, bronze incense burners and an iron pan for thousand monks. Famous monk Guan Xiu in Tang Dynasty once lived in Yutang Temple, where he wrote 24 poems. Near Taiping Temple, which was originally a famous temple for Daoism, there is a one-thousand-year old gingko which is 30 meters tall, measuring 7.5 meter round the chest while 6 adults together can put their arms around it. Located on the peak of the mountain, the stone house of the Ziyang Palace still exists today. It had been visited by Dengyu, one of the founding fathers of East Han. Near the palace, there are Deng Immortal Hole and Zhenjun Tomb.
Of the Meiling Mountain, there are more than one hundred hills. Meiling Head grows well many bamboos; Lion Hill is craggy; Ziyang Hill is beautiful and charming; Luohan Hill is convenient for sightseeing. In Meiling Mountain, there are a lot of ancient trees and famous plants, among which potted camphor trees, orchids in stone and bamboos growing from trees are called "three unique plants f Meiling Mountain".
Solo Adventure Tips:
How to Get There?
Public bus No 219
The whole day.
Best traveling time: With verdant trees, it is cool in Meiling Mountain. Located before the main hill Huohan Hill, Xiyao Lake has an average temperature of 22.6 centigrade in summer; 8-10 centigrade lower than that of the city area, which is a precious cool island to Nanchang, one of the four ovens in China. Winning the reputation of little Mount Lu, Meiling Mountain is a nice place for summer.
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