Wugongshan Mountain, the first peak of Jiangxi Province, is a mountain-style scenic spot integrating cultural attraction and natural scenery. Among the famous mountains in the south of the Yangtze River, it’s the last virgin mountain under exploration, which has been well-known since ancient times for its profound culture. Its total planned tourist area is 160 sq km and it has above 200 planned sights. The whole tourist area is divided into five key scenic spots including Jinding Tourist Zone, Yangshimu Scenic Zone, Nine-Dragon-Mountain Religious Cultural Zone, Fayunjie Relaxation and Entertainment Ground, and the Primitive Ecological Zone at Dawangmiao Temple. Its peaks, caves, waterfalls, stones, clouds, pines and temples form a wonderful natural landscape. In the area, about 100,000 acres of grassy marshland extends upward more than 1,600 meters continuously on the top of the mountain, forming a beautiful contrast with the lofty mountain, which is unparalleled in the world. On the top of the peak are mysterious ancient sacrificial altars with a history of more than 1,700 years. They are seldom seen in China. In addition, tourists are attracted by its magnificent waterfalls down from high mountains, the shining sun behind the dispersing clouds, stalagmite towering into sky, ancient pines growing in grotesque stones, dangerous and steep peaks, well-preserved primitive forests and huge lifelike glossy ganoderma. With a long history and profound culture, Wugongshan Mountain has beenchosen as the cave heaven and blessed region by Taoists and Buddhists to cultivate themselves through meditation since Han and Jin dynasties. In Ming Dynasty, it entered its most flourishing period. Many people went to burn joss sticks and candles. More than 100 Buddhist nunneries, halls, temples and visitor stands were built on the south range and north range of Wugongshan Mountain. Both men and women went there to worship. Admiring its great reputation, a continuous flow of scholars and noble men had been to climb the mountain and to make poems and fu to praise its beautiful landscape since Tang and Song Dynasties.Therefore many precious poems and fu were carved there.
(2) Introduction to the scenic spots
① The Seven-Color Waterfall
It lies in Wanglongshan Mountain. Its Main features: It’s a natural lesser waterfall of five to six meters high, seven to eight meters wide and about 25 cm deep, formed by water conservancy drops. One can have a touch of the water and have a relax. Several huge stones divide it into many small pools one after another.
② Golden-Kettle Splashing Water
It’s located on the Hongyan Valley Scenic Spot in the Jinding Tourist Zone. Its main features: when it’s brimmed with water, it becomes 70 meters wide. The water rushes down powerfully and magnificently from 120-meter-high mountain, splashing raindrops rising, with the rainbow in the misty sun.
③ Toad-shaped Rocks
It lies in Diaomazhuang of Jinding Tourist Zone. Its main featues: several bizarre rocks look like toads listening to the sound of the bell from nearby temple with rapt attention, whose legs are sturdy and smooth.
④ The white-Crane Taoist Temple
It lies on the White-Crane Peak of Jinding Tourist Zone. It was built in the 60th year of Kangxi Period of Qing Dynasty. Until now, it still keeps the Taoist flavor of primitive simplicity.
Taoist Convent: it lies in Jinding Tourist Zone. Its main features: according to the written history, it was once a hall whose roof was constructed with copper tiles. At the end of Ming Dynasty, it was moved here, its walls were made of stones and the roof was made of iron tiles, which covered a land of 5,400 sq km. Up till now, it has been under renovation several times.