Fanjingshan (Mount Fanjingshan)
Fanjingshan (Mount Fanjing or Fanjingshan Mountain) has become increasingly famous since it was rewarded as one of the “Best Trip in 2019” by National Geographic and named as China’s newest UNESCO World Heritage site.
Want to know why visit Fanjingshan and how to get there? This article will let you know all things about Fanjingshan and help you plan your trip.
Why Visit Fanjingshan
1. Fangjingshan provides stunning above-the-cloud views and bizarre rock formations.
Mount Fanjingshan is the highest mountain of the Wuling mountain range in Guizhou Province (South-west China). Soaring up with over 8,000 steps, it is a great place for hiking lovers and rewards them with stunning above-the-clouds views.
The finger-like peak is described by UNESCO as an “island of metamorphic rock in a sea of karst.” There are many other unique geological landforms, including the "Mushroom Stone".
2. Fanjingshan is one of the Five Chinese Buddhism's Sacred Mountains.
The name "Fanjing" literally means “Buddhist tranquility”, meaning "Brahma's pure land" in Chinese. It has been a sacred site for Buddhists since the Tang Dynasty. There were once 48 temples on the mountain. Two temples sitting atop the summit of Fanjingshan give you a chance to learn Buddhism culture when you enjoy the outstanding landscapes.
3. Fanjingshan Natural Reserve is a treasure house of plants and wildlife.
It is home to over 2,000 species of plants and hundreds of endangered animals, such as the gray snub-nosed monkey. A climb up to the summit of Mount Fanjing allows you to have an up-close look at Fanjingshan’s rich biodiversity.
What to See in Fangjingshan
The main appeals of Fanjingshan Mountain are its unique geological landforms and spectacular mountain views. You can spend one full day to visit the attractions like the New Golden Peak, the Old Golden Summit, Mushroom Stone, Ten-Thousand Sleeping Buddha, Fenghuang Mountain, Numerous Rolls of Books, and so on.
New Golden Summit
The New Golden Peak, also called Red Clouds Golden Summit, is renowned because of the shape of the mount itself and the temples right on the summit of it.
The summit is 2,336 meters above sea level, with a steep vertical ascent of 100 meters from the foot to the top.
On top of it, there are two temples that are connecting by a short bridge. The temples are reached by exposed and thrilling walkways (steps).
Highly recommended if you are looking for a challenging hike. At the summit, the lush green views of the mountainside stretch as far as eye can see. If you are lucky, you may see the summit surrounded by clouds, which makes you feel like in a fairytale.
Mushroom Stone is an icon of Fanjing Mountain. As its name suggests, it looks like a mushroom. It is about 10 meters high, with a big top and small bottom.
You can't imagine how magic our nature is when you admire the spectacular rock structure which is about 1 billion years old.
Old Golden Summit
Continue to move forward after the Mushroom Stone, and you will climb to the Old Golden Summit It is the highest summit of Fanjingshan Mountain, with an elevation of 2,494 meters. At the top of the mountain, you'll be rewarded with a stunning view. Clouds under your feet, temples, rocks.
Around the Old Golden Summit, there are lots of strange and magnificent views, such as the Book Scrolls, the Eagle Rock and others.
Buddhist Temples on Fanjingshan
Mount Fanjing is a holy Buddhist mountain. In its heyday, the mountain was home to 48 temples, even though there are not many temples left these days.
Apart from the temples on the top of the New Golden Summit, Cheng En Temple, Huguo Temple and Zhenguo Temple are important temples on Mount Fanjing.
When to visit Fanjingshan
Located in the mountainous area, Fanjingshan enjoys a subtropical humid monsoon climate with distinctive four seasons. It provides visitors with different scenery in a different season.
The best time to visit Mount Fanjingshan is from March to November In terms of weather and seasonal condition.
Fanjingshan in Winter
Winter in Fanjingshan is from December to February. There are two advantages to going to Fanjing Mountain in winter. On the one hand, you can enjoy the beautiful snow-covered landscape which brings you into the world of fairyland. On the other hand, you can see fewer visitors.
Fanjinshan in Spring
Spring in Fangjingshan is from March to May. If you visit Fangjingshan Mountain in spring, you will see Mount Fanjing in full of vigor, with verdant leaves and tender buds. Misty landscapes are likely to show after the rain. The mountains will be surrounded by mist, creating an enchanting atmosphere.
Fanjingshan in Summer
Summer in Fangjingshan is from June to August. It is cool on the top of the mountain due to its high altitude. In this season, you may have a chance to see the sea of clouds. Standing on the summit, you will see the Fanjingshan Mountain rises above a swathe of thick cloud.
Fanjingshan in Autumn
Autumn in Fanjingshan is from September to November. You will see a colorful Mount Fanjingshan with different colors on different elevations. It is perfect to hike and enjoy the beautiful seasonal foliage.
How to Visit Fanjingshan
You have two options to choose from: climb the 8,000 steps up the mountain or take a cable car and around a hundred of stairs to get to the scenic spot.
It requires around 4 hours to hike to the summit of Fanjingshan. It might be tiring, but you will have close contact with nature and have a feeling of conquest.
A 30-minute cable car ride will provide you with a bird's-eye view of the lush jungles on the mountain.
How to Get to Fanjingshan (with map)
Fanjingshan is in Tongren, Guizhou Province in the southwest of China. There is an airport (Tongren Fenghuang Airport) and 2 Train stations in Tongren. It is convenient getting to Mount Fanjingshan from Tongren City.
There are flights to Tongren from major cities in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Changsha, Guiyang, Kunming, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, etc.
You can also take bullet trains to Tongren from Guiyang, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Kaili, Changsha, Shanghai, etc.