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Hengshan 衡山 Travel Guide

Hengshan Overview

Hengshan in Hunan province (there is another in Shanxi province) is another of the 5 sacred Taoist mountains and also the most southerly. For 2,000 years it has been visited by Emperors, writers, painters and poets and there are many inscriptions on the rocks. There are 72 peaks with Zhurong Peak being the highest at 1,290m and which has sunrise viewing platforms as well as a Shaolin temple. With lush vegetation and rushing streams Hengshan is considered the most graceful of the 5 sacred peaks.

Best Months to Visit Hengshan

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Best Reason to Visit Hengshan

Considered one of the better of China’s sacred mountains to visit this is an ideal place to lose yourself in ancient culture for a day or two.

Top Attractions in Hengshan

The Nanyue Temple has nine courtyards with the main hall supported by 72 stone pillars, which symbolize the 72 peaks of the mountain. Reaching Zhurong Peak for sunrise is the aim for many visitors to the mountain. Tripitaka Temple is renown for its architecture and is surrounded by oddly shaped ancient trees. The Water-Screen Cave under Zigai Peak is one of Heng shan’s most popular sites and is best visited in summer when the falls are swollen by rain. For some serene contemplation head to Fangguang Temple set within a forest of ancient trees.

Weather Averages for Hengshan

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Our Top Hengshan Travel Tip

Another off the beaten tourist path destination, Hengshan is a must for those interested in the sacred mountains or who are on a second, more in depth trip to China.

Hengshan Accommodation

Generally the best accommodation options are at the foot of the mountain although it is possible stay further up but the prices climb and standards fall.

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By Phil Stanley & Headseast – TCTC Destination Expert.

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