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Mount Qiyun 齐云山
August 162015

Mount Qiyun is a mountain and national park located in Xiuning County in Anhui Province, China. It lies some 33 kilometres to the west of Huangshan City and is known as one of the Four Sacred Mountains of Taoism. Noted for its numerous inscriptions and tablets, as well as monasteries and temples, the highest point of the mountain rises to 585 metres.

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Mount Jiuhua 九华山
August 162015

Mount Jiuhua is one of the four sacred mountains of Chinese Buddhism. It is located in Qingyang County 青阳县 in Anhui province and is famous for its rich landscape and ancient temples. Located in the southeastern part of Chizhou City, in Quingyang County of Anhui Province. The gross area reaches 120 square kilometers, while the protection area reaches 114 square kilometers. Shiwang Peak is the highest one with an elevation of 1342 meters above sea level. Together with Wutai Mountain in Shanxi, Emei Mountain in Sichuan and Putuo Mountain in Zhejiang. Jiuhua Mountain is called one of the four great Buddhist mountains in China.

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Tian mu Mountain or Tianmushan is a mountain in Lin’an County 临安市 85 kilometers west of Hangzhou, Zhejiang, in eastern China. It is made up of two peaks: West Tianmu (1,506 meters) and East Tianmu (1,480 meters). Tianmu Mountain National Nature Reserve lies on the northwest portion of the mountain. It is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The mountain has a lush sub-tropical climate with an annual temperature of 17.3 °C. Tianmu is known for giant Japanese cedars, waterfalls, Tianmu tea, peaks surrounded by clouds, bamboo shoots, temples and nunneries, and odd-shaped rocks.

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Wuyi 武夷山
August 82015

Wuyi is a 60-square-kilometer mountain range in northern Fujian on the border of Jiangxi. Since 1999 the area on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, both because of its spectacular scenery and culture. The area is also famous for its many teas, the most famous is the Wuyi oolong tea and Lapsang Souchong. About 500 tons of oolong produced in Wuyi every year.

Mountains in the western part of Wuyi is of volcanic origin and the result of severe erosion, both from the weather and rivers, mountains have been formed into a dramatic landscape with freestanding cliffs, caves and deep valleys. The eastern part consists of a red sandstone formed a very steep cliff sides with flat tops. The highest mountain in Wuyi Huang Gang, which with its 2158 meters is the highest point in Fujian.

Mountains of Wuyi prevents the cold air from the northwest to pass. This means that the hot and humid air from the ocean can linger over the area for much of the year. The humidity is often very high, between 80 and 85%, rain abundant with 2200 mm in the south and up to 3200 mm in the northern parts of the area, and fog is common. The temperature varies between 12 and 18 degrees. Since 2005 there is a weather station that monitors the amount of air pollution and to be China’s air is exceptionally clean.

The earliest archaeological findings in the area is around 4000 years old. Tea has been cultivated in Wuyi of about 1000 years, and from the 1200s until the 1600s the Emperor had government officials stationed in the region with the task of monitoring the tea production.

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