Kongtong Mountain scenic area
Last updated by fabiowzgogo at 2014/5/5
Kongtong Mountain, Pingliang
It is the first mountain you encounter when going to the west in the ancient Silk Road, was listed as a national key scenic area in 1994. With luxuriant forests, perilous peaks and grotesque rock formations, Kongtong Mountain shares the grandeur of northern mountains and the beauty of southern mountains.
The milk-like Jing River and Yanzhi River below the mountain meet and pass from the north and south sides of the mountain to the east. Kongtong Mountain was esteemed as one of the Xianshan (a fairyland like mountain) by the religious field. It also has quite a few historic scenic spots, for instance, the magnificent Mazong Mountain, the peculiar mountain sights, the unique and quiet Wutai scenery, the mysterious Xuanhe Cave, and the attractive Tangzheng and Yueshi Gorges.
Pingliang is located in the hinterland of loess plateau, where nature give birth to a mysterious Kongtong Mountain, and the Thunder Peak boasts the unique of Kongtong scenery, which is a gift bestowed by nature to Pingliang people. It has precipitous cliffs with abysses below, and in thunderstorm season, the thunder reverberates across hollow valleys just like mountains collapsing and the earth cracking up, panic-striking, thus Thunder Peak was named.
Tourists who mounted the summit of the Thunder Peak will marvel at the green peaks and calm and glassy surface of the lakes. If looking down, the cliffs with thousand miles will dazzle you; if you walk down along the mountain roads or along the staircases or across the stone caves, you will feel that as you take one step, one scene appears.
The poet Han Rongyou of Qing Dynasty says, ’One peak outstands from others; When we climb up the mountains, the rolling hills seem to have paths but virtually not. The iron chains encircled and connected the mountains; the seemly dangerous wood bridge hanging between the cliffs; we could seek adventures in the mountains; and appreciate the attractions along the caves. Clouds rising from the bottom of the valley and the thunders bring the rain; leaning to the railing to view when the red sun colored the mountains red. ’What a beautiful scene it is!
Solo Adventure Tips:
How to Get There?
Take bus, or taxi, or the tourist bus in the urban area
１．Accommodation Kongtong Mountain scenic spot is situated in the urban area of Pingliang, getting accommodation is very convenient and there are hotels at different levels, each with reasonable prices. ２．Delicacies Tourists may taste the special snacks of Pingliang in the urban area; among them the Degui kidlet mutton and stewing pork’s leg are at the top grade. ３．Recommended time for a visit：4 hours
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