UNESCO World Natural Heritage: It was listed as the World Natural Heritage site in July, 2018, being the 53rd World Heritage site in China. Still keeping the metamorphic rock in the sea of karst from between 65 million and 2 million years ago, Mount Fanjing has rich strange stones, mountains, pinnacles, etc. to explore for imagination of the past formation of sea in the remote Tertiary period.
No. 5 Buddhist Mountain in China: Fanjing means “Brahma’s pure land” in Chinese. Being the “place of enlightenment” of Maitreya Buddha, Mount Fanjing is praised as the No.5 Buddhist Mountain in China, after the other 4 Great Buddhist Mountains of Wutai, Putuo, Emei and Jiuhua. Countless Buddhists make their pilgrimage since Song Dynasty. Now a large array of Buddhist temples is preserved in the mountain area.
Various Species: Ranging between 500-2570 meters above sea level, Mount Fanjing is a favored habitat for more than 2000 plant species, 801 animal species, including the dove tree that is regarded as the living fossil, endangered Guizhou Snub-nosed Monkey, etc. The harmonious natural environment provides everybody a really great site to get close to nature in the dense forest and enjoy some nice walk with sightseeing.
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Fanjing Mountain belongs to the subtropical humid monsoon climate zone, but is affected significantly by southeast marine monsoon in summer. The mountain area has an annual average temperature at around 13.1-14.7℃, with the highest average temperature of 25.3℃ in July, and lowest of 2℃ in February. Temperature declined gradually according to the rising of the altitude of the mountain. But in general, it is not too hot in summer or too cold in winter there. Fanjing Mountain has plenty of rains around the year, and it rains relatively more during May to October. Visitors can go to Fanjing Mountain all years round, but Spring and Autumn are the best traveling seasons with more comfortable weather and seasonal flowers and leaves. If you are fond of the sea of clouds of Fanjingshan, you can visit during May to July and September to November, it usually appear after rain.
In Spring (March to May)
Temperature gradually climbs up to make your warm. And in April and May, azaleas bloom fabulously around Fanjing Mountain to dress it highly beautiful. And also, the dove trees are in blooming season with many lovely white flowers to let you love it.
In Summer (June to August)
It is not very hot in Summer at Fanjing Mountain. Since peaks above 1600 meters are covered by emerald and verdant plantations and trees to build a natural summer heat resort. Rains concentrate mainly during May to August, with some brief thunderstorms.
In Autumn (September to November)
Fanjing Mountain changes into a wonderful colorful world in the fall, as the large spread of plantations wear in red, yellow, purple and green to please your eyes to the most.
In Winter (December to February)
It usually snows in winter time in Fanjingshan, and the coldest months are January to February. The mountain area looks more charming and holy with pure white snow covered on the forest foot and stone peaks. However, as less people visit Fanjing Mountain in winter, it is a great time to escape from crowds to enjoy the peaceful view in a more comfortable and peaceful pace.
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Fanjingshan National Nature Preserve sits in middle Tongren City in Guizhou Province in southwestern China. To get to the tourist area from other countries or other domestic cities, you need to fly to Tongren Fenghuang Airport or take a train to Tongren train station first and transfer by local taxi, coaches, or buses.
From other far away cities, you need to arrive first to Tongren City that manages Fangjingshan Area.
Flights to Tongren
Tongren Fenghuang Airport serves only domestic flights with about 30 major cities including Beijing (2.5h), Shanghai (2.5h), Guiyang (1h), Guilin (1h), Kunming (2h), Hangzhou (2.5h), Guangzhou (1.5h), Shenzhen (1.5h), Xiamen (2h), etc. Fenghuang Airport is about 53km from Fangjingshan and usually needs about 1 hour and 20 minutes by car. Besides, some direct buses are available from the airport to Fanjingshan every day.
Trains to Tongren
Tongren South Railway Station offers bullet train services to and from Guiyang (2h), Chengdu (5h), Chongqing (4h), Guangzhou (6h), Kaili (1h), Changsha (3.5h), Shanghai, etc. So, you can take a bullet train from the above destinations to Tongren and transfer to Fangjingshan. Tongren South Railway Station is about 66 km to Fanjingshan and usually takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes by car. Direct coaches are also available there.
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Coaches to Tongren
Provincial cities Guiyang, Kaili, Duyun, Zunyi, etc. launch many daily coaches to Tongren. Moreover, other destinations including Changsha, Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang also serve distance coaches to Tongren City every day!
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Guiyang and Fanjingshan is about 248km away, and if you go by car, it will take you about 4 hours. Besides taking the direct buses, you can transfer to Tongren first. There is only 1 direct flight from Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport to Tongren, which needs about 1 hour. And there are about 4 daily high speed G trains operating from Guiyang North Railway Station to Tongren Railway Station, with most depart in the afternoon hours, and the whole riding needs about 1.5-2 hours.
Many people visit Fanjingshan from Guilin. The two destinations are about 324km away and usually take about 6.5 hours to go by car. However, there is no direct public transportation, and most people transfer via Tongren City. Guilin Liangjiang International Airport usually offers only 1 direct flight to Tongren, however, which is available mostly every other day at early evening and needs about 50 minutes. There is not direct train between Guilin and Tongren, and you need to transfer to other nearby cities, such as Guiyang. There are about 50 daily bullet trains between from morning till night, which usually take about 2-3 hours.
To get to Fanjingshan from Fenghuang Ancient City, the distance coach is more recommended among all the public vehicles. You can take the coach from Fenghuang Tourist Bus Terminal, and the whole way needs only about 1.5 hours.
Zhangjiajie and Fanjingshan are about 220 km away and usually cost about 4-4.5 hours to go by driving. Direct buses are available. There is only one normal direct train from Zhangjiajie to Tongren, during midnight to early morning, which is suggested for tourists.
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Fanjingshan entitled as the World Natural Heritage site offers rich kinds of hard-to-see highlights for your fresh appreciation in China, including the strange stones, peculiar mountain pinnacles, rare wild animals and plants, etc. Furthermore, being the influential holy Buddhist land, multiple temple constructions and Buddha statues are preserved for a worthy visit.
It is the symbol of Fanjing Mountain. With two peaks upholding the two Fanjingshan Temples and separated by a natural gorge on the one mountain body, it is very easy to recognize and shows mostly on photos and videos. Rising about 100 meters from the mountain bed, this summit is 2336 meters above sea level and is the most precipitous among all the three summits at Fanjingshan. As sea of clouds often occurs there, visitors can feel standing in the air on the peak with the especially wonderful scenery in front of their eyes.
Named based on its appearance like a mushroom with larger upper part and smaller lower part. The total stone is approximately 10 meters high and stands out among the surrounding peculiar stones for the last 10 billion years. As the excellent creation of nature, it is favored by lots of painters and photographers.
Rising about 2493 above the sea, the Old Golden Summit is the second highest peak of Fanjingshan. Being one of the top best viewing deck there, it gives shows you the charming and grand landscape of the stone forest with various strange shapes and styles near and far. With less hard way up to the mountain peak, the Old Golden Summit is more climbed by visitors to appreciate the panorama of Fanjingshan including the famous Red Clouds Golden Summit.
Many people make their wish and worship there at Chengen Temple, which situates between the Red Clouds Golden Summit and the Old Golden Summit. It is the major temple cluster at Fanjingshan with about 10 temple halls with red walls and dark tiles enshrining Buddha. The temple was originally built from Ming Dynasty, and later rebuilt under the emperor’s order to be one of the four royal temples at Fanjingshan.
Wanbao Rock is the geological chronicles of Fanjingshan. It keeps the best evidence to say there was actually ocean at Fanjingshan 1.4 million years ago, and Wanbao Rock iwas elevated from the seafloor. The cobbles, shells, paleontological fossils, etc. with glorious luster under sunshine found there verify what experts guess.
Book Shaped Rocks is superb with the whole mountain formed by layers of shale, which looks really like a pile of books. With so rare and clever view, it is complimented as one of the six wonders of Fanjingshan.
Furthermore, there are far more to see and experience at Fanjingshan to let you wonder at the popular land, such as take the sightseeing cable to see the widely spreading emerald forest of stones, admire different shaped mountains and stones, worship at popular Longquan Temple and others, enjoy the fabulous azalea flowers in spring, walking at the refreshing forest in summer, catch the colorful cosplay in autumn, shooting pure snow scenery in winter, meet the incredible sacred light of Buddha, etc.
Best Tour Package to Visit Fanjingshan:
There are countless steps at Fanjing Mountain, but for most visitors, it is too hard and tiring to walk all the way to see the highlights. However, there are sightseeing bus and cable car under service for saving your energy and time.
Heiwanhe River Entrance of Fanjingshan - Sightseeing Bus (About 20 Minutes) - Yuao Station - Cable Car (About 20 Minutes) - The Upper Station - Walk through Forest Hiking Road (About 45 Minutes) - Mushroom Stone - Old Golden Summit (Go up for Sightseeing and View of Red Clouds Golden Summit from a distance) - Wanming Cave - Buddha Worshipping Stage - Monk Pagoda - Chengen Temple - Pudu Square - Jingxin Pool - Wanbao Rock - Cable Car down ( About 10 Minutes) - Sightseeing Bus down (About 20 Minutes) - Exit
If you want a further discover of Fanjingshan, you can go up to see the Red Clouds Golden Summit after the visit of Old Golden Summit based on the classic route.
Heiwanhe River Entrance of Fanjingshan - Sightseeing Bus (About 20 Minutes) - Yuao Station - Cable Car (About 20 Minutes) - The Upper Station - Walk through Forest Hiking Road (About 45 Minutes) - Mushroom Stone - Old Golden Summit (Go up for Sightseeing and View of Red Clouds Golden Summit from a distance) - Wanming Cave - Buddha Worshipping Stage - Monk Pagoda - Chengen Temple - Pudu Square - Red Clouds Golden Summit (Go up through the steep way with iron chains to see Fanjingshan Temple and other sightseeing) - Pudu Square - Jingxin Pool - Wanbao Rock - Cable Car down ( About 10 Minutes) - Sightseeing Bus down (About 20 Minutes) - Exit
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Mount Fanjing is not very large. To explore the whole mountain, most people spend 1 full day in the scenic area. You can visit the morning to admire the panorama of the well preserved forest on the cable car, and take some walks to visit the Mushroom Stone, Old Golden Summit, Red Clouds Golden Summit, the unusual Fanjingshan Temple on the narrow peak, Chengen Temple cluster, Wanbao Rock, and more peculiar natural creations and holy Buddhist shines for a fantastic and memorable discovery of Mount Fanjing. However, for Non Mainland Chinese residence, you have to buy the entrance ticket on site, and since there are many visitors every day, you are advised to reach the foot of Fanjingshan one night before to save more time on the way on your visiting day and have more chance to buy a ticket.
You are highly suggested to stay close to the east entrance of Fanjingshan National Nature Preserve to help save more time on the way and win more possibility to buy the entrance ticket on site. At present, you can book your accommodation at the Foot of Fanjingshan or in Jiangkou County to enjoy a better closer location.
Foot of Fanjingshan
Closest to ticket center of Fanjingshan, the area at the foot of Fanjingshan is favored by a lot of Fanjingshan visitors. More than 100 hotels and homestays of different levels are offered, including starred resort hotels like Mount Fanjing Qixi Resort, Fanjinshan International Convention Center, and other comfortable, budget, and ethnic styled accommodation. Hotel prices in this area are usually higher than those of same level in Jiangkou and Tongren city. The service and facilities cannot match those in large cities, with seldom offering English services. However, clean rooms, private bathroom, hot water, free Wi-Fi, dishes, and so on are provided for your basic needs. Staying at the foot of Fanjingshan, you will enjoy a really serene night and wake up with the fresh and pleasant forest surroundings. Furthermore, some agritainments have free bonfire gathering and performances of song and dance on weekend nights during peak seasons, mainly at Zhaisha Dong Village and Yunshe Village. Check more about Recommended Fanjingshan Hotels >>
Jiangkou County is about 30-40 minutes’ driving distance to the entrance of Fanjingshan. Visitors arrive there by coach late can stay in the county because Jiangkou Coach Station is very close to the center of the county. It provides more accommodation with better facilities than the area at the foot of Fanjingshan. A lot of exquisite hotels, and nice decorated B&Bs are easy to book for your Fanjingshan trip. you can spend very leisurable time here to taste some local ethnic special food and enjoy convenience to buy something. Check more about Recommended Jiangkou Hotels >>
If you want better accommodating experience, you can also consider staying in Tongren City and transfer to Fanjingshan on the early morning on your visiting day. From the downtown, it usually takes about 50-70 minutes to Fanjingshan by car, so if you stay in the city, you need to get up very early and set off before 07:30 and even 07:00. Hotels offer better and full equipment and facilities for both domestic and international visitors. You can find luxury options to cost-efficient inns and hostels. Check more about Recommended Tongren Hotels >>
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A lot of Steps to Walk: Fanjingshan has thousands of steps around the mountain and even some very precipitous way up to the peak, you are advised to travel there based on your physical condition. Particularly, the steps up to the Red Clouds Golden Summit is really narrow and challenging, so people suffering from acrophobia or do not have good body condition are not suggested to climb up to the summit.
What to Wear: weather is quite changeable at Fanjingshan, you are advised to prepare long sleeves no matter when your visit there. For spring and autumn travel, wear thick coat. For summer, prepare light coat and rain coat for strong wind on the peak. During winter, wear quick-dry clothes and outdoor jacket with some fleece to keep warm. Comfortable shoes for mountaineering are suggested for anytime for the lots of steps to walk. Hat, sunglasses and sun cream are better to bring in sunny days, especially in summer.
Photography: the mysterious Sea of Clouds can usually be seen after rain during May to July and September to November. You can prepare your photography equipment to go up to the Old Golden Summit or Red Clouds Golden Summit to catch the beautiful scene. Light of Buddha shows some times in July and August in summer. To take photos of Fanjingshan snow, you can visit during its coldest months of January and February, when it snows more often. But remember to walk carefully for your safety.
After being noted as the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, Fanjingshan attracts quite many global people to flack to the site to catch all its natural wonders. Usually, it is planned to be a middle stop in a longer tour, and many people combine it with some other nearby popular destinations such as Kaili with the magnificent Miao ethnic village, Libo with the enchanting Karst forest with agriculture of local ethnic groups, etc. to enjoy a wonderful Guizhou Province exploration. Besides, many people travel it with other top destinations, such as Zhangjiajie with the surreal Avatar Mountain and stone pillar forest, Fenghuang Ancient Town with the national praised quiet Western Hunan Tujia old city, Guilin with the appealing Karst landscape of mountains and waters, and so on. Furthermore, you can extend a Fanjingshan tour to more top classic places in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Huangshan, Jiuzhaigou, Emei Mountain , Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Lhasa, and so forth for a diverse savory of charm of vast China!
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