Mount Jiuhua is one of the four sacred mountains of Chinese Buddhism. It is located in Qingyang County in Anhui province and is famous for its rich landscape and ancient temples.
Many of the mountain's shrines and temples are dedicated to Ksitigarbha, who is a bodhisattva and protector of beings in hell realms according to Mahayana Buddhist tradition. Pious Buddhists often visit Anhui to climb to Greater Tiantai peak, which is regarded as Jiuhuashan's most important peak, although it is not the tallest.
Mount Jiuhua, located at Qingyang County, Chizhou City of Anhui Province, is one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains in China, together with Mount Wutai in Shanxi, Mount Putuo in Zhejiang and Mount Emei in Sichuan. Mount Jiuhua is dedicated to Ksitigarbha (Chinese Pinyin: Dizang), a bodhisattva and protector of beings in hell realms according to Mahayana Buddhist tradition.
This holy land is listed as "National AAAAA Tourist Attraction" and reputed as "Buddhist Heaven for Lotus Flowers". Traveling to Mount Jiuhua can not only immerse in the breathtaking natural beauty, but also have deep understanding about Chinese Buddhism and Mount Jiuhua's profound culture.
Mount Jiuhua originally called Mount Jiuzi in Liang and Chen Dynasties in Song Dynasties. A legend says that the famous poet Li Bai in Tang Dynasty came to Mount Jiuhua several times, when he saw the shape of 99 peaks like a blossom lotus and wrote down the poem "Magic is divided into two branches, sacred mountain generates nine glories".
Hence, Mount Jiuzi changed into Mount Jiuhua which has been using till today. After Li Bai, there were numerous scholars, poets and litterateurs came and left great works. Even, the emperor Kangxi in Qing Dynasty inscribed "Holy Land of Mount Jiuhua". Travelers can enjoy the stories from ancient academies and other historical sites.
Jiuhua Mountain is reputed as "the First Mountain in Southeast China" with magnificent peaks, murdering streams, bizarre rocks, beautiful waterfalls, seclude caves, etc. Among the 99 peaks, nine famous ones are outstanding, including Tiantai Peak, Tianwang Peak, Shiwang Peak, Lianhua Peak, Duxiu Peak, Luohan Peak, Wulao Peak, Fuhu Peak and Furong Peak.
And the main streams include Jiuhua Stream, Qingtong Stream, Laba Stream, Dragon Stream, Jiuzi Stream, Wulong Stream, etc. Travelers can immerse yourselves with intoxication in "Ten Scenes of Mount Jiuhua" and "Ten New Scenes of Mount Jiuhua".
It is recommended to spend 2 days exploring Mount Jiuhua to the fullest, both its nature and culture. On the first day, arrive at Jiuhua Street, visit Zhiyuan Temple, Huacheng Temple, walk (around 40 minutes) or take cable car up the Longevity Palace to see Yingshen Bodhisattva and Hall with 500 Arhat Statues, reach the viewing deck to catch the amazing sleeping Buddha.
Walk or take cable car down to Jiuhua Street. Be followed your trip to The Incarnation Grand Hall. On the second day, walk (about 3 hours) or take cableway up to Tiantai Peak to visit Tiantai Peak and have panoramic view of Mount Jiuhua with many magnificent peaks, like Shiwang Peak, Lazhu Peak, etc. Get down the mountain by taking cableway and on the way, if you like, visit Ganlu Temple. After the Buddhism trip, you'll be escorted to Chizhou Airport or Chizhou Railway Station.