in the southern part of Anhui Province in China, Huangshan (Yellow
Mountain) is a famous scenic spot. On the mountain, the peaks
rise one upon another and the pines and cypresses are luxuriantly
green. Among the 72 big and small mountain peaks and ridges, the
lakes, brooks, deep pools and waterfalls can be found everywhere.
All over 1800 metres above sea level, and shrouded in clouds and
mist, its main three peaks: Lotus Flower Peak, Ever Bright Peak
and Heavenly Capital Peak present a scenery of boundless variety.
Huangshan owes its unique scenic value to four factors, i.e. queer
pines, grotesque rocks, cloud seas, and a hot spring. The exquisite
scenery varies with the various seasons. Most spectacular are
blossoms in Spring, pools in Summer, forests in Autumn and snow
In 1990, the UNESCO listed Mt. Huangshan as "A
World Cultural And Natural Heritage."
Heavenly Capital Peak:
Located in the south-eastern part of Huangshan,
and 1810 metres above sea level, it is the most perilous peak
of the three. The path to the top is via a vertical ladder inlaid
in a precipitous cliff, and fenced in with stone posts and iron
chains. The last section of the path to the top is about 30 metre
long and 1 metre wide hunch-backed rocky ridge rising up from
a deep ravine. Due to its riskiness, in spite of protections provided
by the stone posts and iron chains it is figuratively called "Silver
Carp's Back." On the summit, there is a stone cave large
enough to seat a hundred people.
Near the cave entrance, lies a rock resembling
"A Drunkard Immortal Reclining On His Side" who was
as if assigned to guard the gate of the cave. The summit commands
a distant view of misty ranges of mountains and rivers diminishing
into tiny lines. Here, one is at last at "the Peak of Perfection"
as the inscription on a rock close at hand reads.
Lotus Flower Peak:
Situated in the centre of Huangshan, and 1886
metres above sea level, it is the highest one of Huangshan's three
main peaks. Lofty and precipitous, its principal peak towers over
a number of smaller ones around it. The summit area is only a
few square metres.
Standing on it, one is as if to assume the
dauntless spirit of propping up the sky from falling down. Far
ahead in all directions are myriad of mountains vying with one
another for beauty, and streams and rivers competing to be the
First Belief Peak:
It is located in the eastern part of Huangshan,
and 1668 metres above sea level. The peak is famous for exquisite
rocks and graceful pines. With its three sides being precipitous
and fathomless cliffs, First Belief Peak, flanked by Rising Peak
and Stalagmite Peak as Fairy Bridge spans the summit. A poetic
inscription on a rock there reads "you are a lone climber
from a freezing river".