Mount Lu (庐山)
- Location: Jiujiang City, Jiangxi Province, East China
Located in the east of China, Mount Lu is renowned for its combination of clouds, cliffs and waterfalls. Its rich cultural connotations make the mountain more charming. Throughout history, Mount Lu has attracted many poets, leaving a legacy of praise and over 4,000 poems. In 1996, the mountain was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Popular attractions at Mount Lu include the Immortal Caverns, Five Old Men Peaks, Three Tiled Springs, Luling Lake, and the Peach Blossom Garden.
The Immortal Caverns is a natural cave. The mountain wall was weather-beaten over a long period of time until the cave gradually formed. It looks like the hand of Buddha, so its other name is Buddha Hand Rock.
Five Old Men Peaks are at the southeast of Mount Lu. The top of the mountain is split into 5 parts, resembling 5 seated men. The Five Old Men Peaks are high in the sky, 1,358 meters above sea level.
With a drop of 155 meters, the Three Tiled Springs appear quite different at different times of year. The springs first fall upon a huge flat rock, then continue their fall onto a second rock, and finally land on the bottom. The waterfalls are vigorous in spring and early summer, but become mere trickles in midsummer and winter.
Mount Lu is a religious center, with six kinds of meeting-place (Buddhist, Taoist, Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox Eastern and Islamic). There are churches, temples and mosques in the vicinity. It is a good place for finding out about different religious cultures.
- Best Time to Go: May to August
- Work Hours:
- 06:00–18:30 (May 1st to October 7th);
- 7:00–17:50 (October 8th to April 30th)
- 180 CNY from April to November;
- 135 CNY from December to March
- How to get there:
- Take a 1-hour bus from Jiujiang Bus Station to Lushan Scenic Area.