Lushan Mountain situates south of Jiujiang city in northern Jiangxi province. Solitary and imposing, it towers over the southern bank of the Yangtze River, leaving behind its shadows upon the Poyang Lake. Overlooked southward on top of the mountain, the Poyang Lake is like a silver mirror. In the north, the Yangtse River looks like a jade ribbon flying to the east. This picturesque mountain is famous for its grandeur, elegance and perilous nature.
It covers an area of 300 square kilometers, with Dahanyang Peak, the highest summit, rising 1,474 meters above sea level. The mountain is a well-known scenic area, summer resort and place for patients to recuperate. There are magnificent peaks, unique waterfalls, historical sites as well as enchanting sea of clouds, not to mention a mild and comfortable climate.
Lushan Mountain bristles with lofty peaks in an infinite variety of forms. Some rise sharply from the ground like stone needles while others look dangerously steep or elegant. The best known characteristic of the mountain, perhaps, is the ever-changing mist that wraps up the peaks all the year round. In a poem devoted to the misty Lushan Mountain, Tang Bohu, the celebrated Ming Dynasty painter and calligrapher wrote, "Mt. Kuanglu (the old name of Lushan Mountain), shrouded in dense fog, rises beyond the highest heavens". And no wonder Su Dongpo, a brilliant poet of the Song Dynasty should have queried in one of his poems: "How could one tell what Mt Lushan really looks like when one is in the midst of the mountain all along?"
Lushan Mountain, is also one of the spiritual centers of Chinese civilization. Buddhist and Taoist temples, along with landmarks of Confucianism, where the most eminent masters taught, blend well into a strikingly beautiful landscape that has inspired countless artists who developed the aesthetic approach to nature found in Chinese culture.
It was included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1996.
"Travel Express Vol.72"---Mt. Lushan, China's best mountain resort
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