1)By Bus: 1. Nanjing Zhongyangmen Bus Station has four buses a day to Jiuhuashan at 7:40, 14:00, 14:50, 16:20, taking 4-4.5 hours.
2. Hefei Tourism Bus Station (east of Hefei Railway Station) has regular buses to this mount
ain hourly from 10:00-15:00. The journey takes about 3 hours. Hefei New South Bus Station also has regular buses to here hourly from 6:40-16:30.
3. Huangshan Scenic Area (Tangkou) has only two buses to here at 6:30 and 13:30. Tunxi Bus Station also has few buses. The journey is about 2-3 hours.
2)By Train: Take train to Chizhou first. After get out of Chizhou Railway Station, you will see Chizhou Bus Station. There are buses to here every a few minutes and reach there about one hour later.
3)By Air: It expects to have its own airport in 2013. Now, visitors can fly to Hefei, Nanjing, Wuhu, Huangshan airport first and then take bus to here.
Bordered on the Yangtze River in the north and overlooked the Yeloow Mountain in the south, it covers an area of 100 square kilometers southwest of Qingyang County, Anhui Province , not far from the picturesque Mt.Huangshan. it boasts 99 peaks and 18 scenic spots in its area. With its marvelous landscape and pleasant climate, it is considered one of the best summer resorts in China. In addition to its popularity as a tourist destination, it is a holy site where Buddhists assemble--it has been established as one of the four sacred Buddhist shrines, along with Mt.Wutai in Shanxi, Mt.Emei in Sichuan, and Mt.Putuoshan in Zhejiang.
According to historical records, Buddhism was first introduced to this mountain in the year 401. In 719, a Korean monk named Jin Qiaojue arrived and practiced Buddhism here for 75 years. Upon his Nirvana in 794, Jin Qiaojue was respected as the Earth Buddha by the locals, hence it has become the place where religious rituals were held to worship the God of Earth.
It has always been a place that attracts men of letters throughout the ages. The story goes that Libai(701-762), the famous poet of Tang Dynasty, once came to visit Jiuhuashan. The verse slipped out when he was intoxicated with the scene of lotus blooms-like peaks of the mountain, 'From the azure skies above descends a jade-like flow, and nine fascinating lotuses rise out of the hills below'. Later, poet Liu Yuxi (772-784) in Tang Dynasty, litterateur Wang Anshi (1021-1086) in North Song Dynasty and many other scholars, politicians and monks also made the journey to Jiuhuashan, and thus it got its fame. Just as a Chinese saying goes 'A mountain is famous not for its height but for its holiness'.
Visitors to the temples on the mountain are always impressed with the exquisite architecture and grand structure. Now there are no more than 90 temples in existence in it, most of them restored in Ming and Qing Dynasties. Among the most well known are the Incarnation Hall, Huacheng Temple, Zhiyuan Temple, Longevity Hall, Zhantanlin Temple, Ganlu Temple and Tiantai Zhending Temple.
Huacheng Temple is the oldest and holiest temple on Jiuhuashan. It is located in the center of Jiuhua Street. Though it first appears simple and solemn, the structure and decoration of the building are truly artistic. The engravings on lintels, brackets and roofs reinforce the brightness and liveliness of the building. The picture, 'Nine Dragons Playing with Pearls' on a panel in the Main Shrine Hall is a consummate piece of ancient Chinese art.
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