Qixia mountain (pronounced as Kitsya), called SheMountain in ancient times, , is named because the QiXia Temple is located on the west side of its highest peak. There are three peaks along the mountain: Feng Xiang (Phoenix Flying) Peak,Long(dragon) Peak and Hu(Tiger) Peak.
The QiXia Temple is the biggest one in the Nanjing Area. It is the cradle of the Buddhism School of The Three Sastras. It is one of the earliest established monasteries and is still currently in use. Here you can visit some typical Buddhist structures and learn about the history of Buddhism.
QiXia Temple is famous not only for the structure, the stone sculptures and the pagoda, but also for the clear spring, luxuriant plant life; especially the red leaves of maple trees. These are in full bloom in spring and autumn making these times very popular.