Good morning! After breakfast, your
guide and driver will meet you at your hotel. Then, you will be driven not far
to the entrance of Fanjingshan to discover this world well-known fantastic holy
mountain along the popular south route for about 7 hours.
National Nature Preserve was listed as the UNESCO World Natural Heritage in 2018
with the peculiar conspicuous mountains formation in sea of karst retained from
the remote era 65-2 million years ago and praised as the No.5 Buddhist Mountain
in China for being the place of enlightenment of Buddha Maitreya.
Enter the mountain and take a
sightseeing bus for about 20 minutes to Yu’ao Station and continue to take the
cable car there to catch a bird’s eye view of the dense emerald forest of Mount
Fanjing during another 20 minutes in the air. Now, start your hiking from the Forest Hiking Road with 45 minutes up
to witness the famous Mushroom Stone.
It is the landmark of Fanjingshan and draws people’s follow by its unbelievable
image of the bigger top quadrate putting off center on the smaller quadrate bottom,
which forms like a mushroom vividly and seems easy to fall. However, for one
million years, it just stands so still there after centuries of rain, snow,
wind and sunburn. Remember to take a standard photo of tourists with it!
Then, continue to hike for about 30
minutes to the Old Golden Summit and
walk up to its peak. With an elevation of 2,494 meters, it is the best
observation deck to appreciate the panorama of Fanjingshan with layers of
forest of strange shaped stones, rolling verdant mountain range, and vegetation
forest in light and dark green. Also, from the summit, you will see the iconic Red Clouds Golden Summit clearly
from a distance.
Then, walk down gradually to admire the
natural scenery along the way to visit the sacred Buddhist attractions
including Wanming Cave, Buddha Worshipping Stage, Monk Pagoda, Pudu Square, etc.
You will not miss the Cheng En Temple
that was built first from the Ming Dynasty and one of the four royal temples at
Fanjingshan. Walk in the major temple with solemn scarlet walls and dark tiles,
worship among the about 10 halls, and imagine the rising and falling and
recovery of Fanjingshan’s Buddhist status in the past hundreds of years.
Here, take your challenge to hike along
the narrow, steep and rough steps with iron chain up to Red Clouds Golden Summit that shows particularly often on
Fanjingshan photographs. This thumb-like peak is a world rare miracle erecting
about 100 meters high from the flatter mountain bed millions of years ago and
is separated with two peaks and a gorge by natural wearing and with a bridge
linked between. After reaching the top, visit the appealing Temple of Buddha,
the bridge and Maitreya Temple in sequence to feel walking from present to the
future in Buddhist belief. While witnessing the hard-to-believe difficulty of
building houses on such a steep crest, stand on the peak to command the
panoramic view of Fanjingshan and enjoy the feeling of being in the “space in
the sky”. (Note: You can choose to go up or not considering your
physical condition at that time. Just tell your needs to the guide.)
After the physical consuming hiking,
walk by Jingxin Pool and go to see Wanbao
Rock. You will truly believe Fanjingshan was in fact a part of ocean in the
remote 1.4 million years ago by the strong proof of the cobbles, shells,
paleontological fossils, and so on left within the shale rock there.
After the amazing sightseeing hiking
exploration, take the cable car and sightseeing bus down to exit Fanjingshan
Scenic Area. You will be driven to Tongren City for accommodation. Have a good