Mulan Mountain is 582.1 meters above sea level. There are a lot of temples on the mountain. Mulan Mountain has been a famous religious shrine for one thousand years. The religious activities here dated from the Sui and Tang Dynasties, culminated in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Buddhism and Taoism coexist on one mountain. 7 palaces, 8 temples and 36 halls cover an area of 30,000 square meters. There are more than religious images worshipped here. The characteristics of these buildings on Mulan Mountain are: First, Buddhist buildings and Taoist Buildings melt into one another; second, great importance is attached to the structure of all buildings. Temples are constructed of stones. Stones are crossed and inlayed one another with great force. Mud isn't used.
MuLan Mountain borders Mulan County in the east, Mulan River in the north, Sheshui River in the west and Dabie Mountain in the north. It covers an area of 78 square kilometers. Since ancient times, it has had the reputation of "Lofty and Green Mulan Mountain". Tu Da, a poet of the Ming Dynasty, praised it had the most beautiful scenery in Xiling.
The whole scenic area is divided into four parts: the Ancient Village Scenic Area, the Stone Scenic Area, the Flower Garden Scenic Area and the Mountain Village Scenic Area. The Ancient Village Scenic Area winds through the main peak, the Qisi Peak. It's 582 meters above sea level with a length of 5 Li. It was originally built in the Kaiyuan Year of the Southern Song Dynasty (A.D.1259). It was used as a beacon tower at first. In order to resist the Taiping Army, a defensive tower was built up in the 3rd year of the Xianfeng Reign of the Qing Dynasty (A.D. 1853). A real ancient village used for military defense came into being. Later, because religious activities became very popular, many temples were built up annually. A lot of scenic spots with miraculous story were formed. There are many main scenic spots in the Ancient Village Scenic Area, such as, the First Heaven Gate, the Southern Heaven Gate, the Mulan Memorial Archway, the Second Heaven Gate, the Third Heaven Gate, the Golden Peak Memorial Archway, the Jade Emperor Memorial Archway, the Jade Emperor Cave, the Lingxiao Street and the Lion Nose Cave.
There are a lot of grotesque stones in various shapes. Because of some old folklore, these stones are cloaked in mystery. Tourists climb up 1,090 stone steps, watching all kinds of stones. They can enjoy a lot of scenic spots, such as, the Armor Stone, the Face Stone, the Phoenix Coronet Stone, the Golden Toad Stone, the Chessboard Stone, the Chuanjian Stone, the Great Buddha Stone, the White Cloud Cave and the Prince Cave.
In the Flower Garden Scenic Area, there are many scenic spots like the Brave Man Slope, the Crystal Palace, the Nine Stele Stone, the Da'er Den, the Three Eye Well and the Dismounting-From–Horse Stone.
In the Mountain Village Scenic Area, there are the Dropping-Water Cliff, the Dragon Head Stone, the Tortuous Dragon Bamboo, the Sleeping Tiger Stone, the Double Dragon Pavilion and the Sword Wall Stone. There are nearly 20 summer resorts in this scenic area.
Mulan Mountain is the hometown of General Mulan. It's named after her. Du Mu, a famous poet of the Tang dynasty, wrote down a poem named “Reviewing Mulan Temple” when he climbed up Mulan Mountain. According to the textbook of history, that the mountain was called “Mulan Mountain” dated from the 3rd year of the Yongming Reign of the Southern Qi Dynasty (A.D.4850). Many literati came here because of its reputation. They wrote down a lot of good and famous poems.
The natural ecological and human landscape of Mulan Mountain attracts people. The air is fresh in the mountain. The climate is pleasant. The average temperature is 16 degrees. The average temperature in summer is 3 or 4 degrees lower than that in Wuhan. In 2000, the Mulan Mountain Scenic Area is ranked as one of 63 key scenic areas in 23 large cities in China. It enters the forecast system of national holiday tourist information.
Background of Mulan
The story about Hua Mulan has been handed down for more than one thousand years. It's well-known in China. Wars produce heroes. If there is no male hero, heroin will emerge.
Besides Hua Mulan's old parents, there was her young brother in her family. Her senile father couldn't go to the front to fight the enemy, but it was incumbent on all people to fight for their country. Facing the double test, Mulan decided to go to the front in place of her father. It's an agglomeration of her love to her father and her loyalty to her motherland. It showed this heroin's color. In the morning, she said good bye to her parents. She spent nights at the bank of the Yellow River. How hurriedly the army march. How tense the war situation. When an order is made, the army must carry out it. As a young woman, Mulan left her family and threw herself into another world. In the dusk, a woman solder lay on her arm and waited for dawn. What a desolate and deplorable situation.
After the war finished, Mulan returned home. It isn't easy fro her. She knew that life was valuable. She knew more about the warmth of a family. She refused the honors and gifts bestowed by the empire. She was unwilling to be in office. She gave up high position and great wealth unhesitatingly. She expected to go back to her hometown soon.
How hard it's for her to risk her life to fight on the battlefield for twelve years. How difficult it's for her to disguise herself as a man without leaving a trace. However, everything was over. We can imagine how great the force of Hua Mulan's inner spirit should be. The situation has settled down. When her former fighting comrades came to visit her again, she was always dressed in skirts to receive them. Her companions felt very surprised at the sight of her. Hua Mulan spoke to herself, “Do you know that the person who fought against enemy with you and didn't want to be an official after the war finished is a girl?” How proud Hua Mulan was when she returned to be a girl.