A GUIDE TO YUANSHAN NATIONAL FOREST PARK
?? Yuanshan National Forest Park covers an area of 45000 Mu with more than 120 peaks. It is well known for its various vegetation, and its ancient, rare and unique trees. Its beautiful Mountain and lake, its ancient temples and moving legends as well as songs and dancing of minority nationalities, all contributes to the greatness of Yuanshan National Forest Park. Its changeable colors and magic seasons attract more and more tourists.
With an area of 2800 Mu, the Phoenix Mountain Scenery Area is one of the famous five scenery areas in Yuanshan National Forest Park. This area locates in the southwest of Boshan District, Zibo City, and only 2 Kilometers from Boshan railway and bus stations. The Phoenix Mountain Scenery Area is more famous for her steep slopes, unique physiognomy, deep forest, pleasant environment, plenty natural and human resources, and also many entertainment places. All of the above make the Phoenix Mountain Scenery Area the best choice of the tourism.
The Phoenix Mountain, also called Little Xiaodingshan Mountain, owns its name to its shape of a grand phoenix. It used to be one of the important places for religious activities and also one of the key military places during the Spring and Autumn Period and Warring Period. Many historical places situate here: the Jade Emperor Palace in Song Dynasty, Hongmen Temple in Ming Dynasty, Mt. Taishan Xanadu, Temple of Ludongbin, cliff Paintings revealing the vivid Chinese history of more than five thousand years′civilization, the Qi Great Wall running its east to west with its moving love story of MengJiangnu, the Gun Turret and blockhouse during the Anti-Japanese War, the magic Stone Sea formed by Karst lithosphere movement. In history many intellectuals had visited the above historical spots.
Yuanshan National Forest Park has plenty forest resources: more than 120 kinds of woody plants and 600 kinds of herbaceous plants. It turns out to be a natural botanical garden. There are evergreen oriental arborvitae covering the park; golden bell in the early spring; white blossoming locust tree in May; red smoke tree, bead tree, torch tree and wych-elm in the late fall; five-leaved chaste tree in summer and wild jujube and so on. The above planting forms a pleasant place for visitors all year around.
The entertainment places are many too. Swimming pool is a great charm for visitors in summer. Swing, hammock, hanging bridge, ropewalker, glidewheel, the Eight Diagrams and more than one hundred entertainment facilities are for visitors to enjoy. Besides these there are the colorful Customs Village of the Minor Nationalities, Boshan Local Foods and Xishuangbanna Dancing, exiting Cartin Racing and elegant Bawling Court. It is indeed a charming place.
Yuanshan National Forest Park is just like the famous poet, Du Mu, in Tang Dynasty had described in his famous poem: Along the winding path to the high mountains, Among white clouds inhabit the quiet villagers. Yuanshan National Forest Park welcomes friends from all over the world with her specialties and sincerity.