Lotus Mountain (Lianhua Shan), which was called Xinfu Mountain, is a place for relaxation and cultural and artistic appreciation.
With a total area of 100 km2 and the main peak of 999 meters, the Lotus Mountain is now a world geological park, national forest park and AAAA scenic area. There are nine peaks embracing each other, which resembles the shape of a lotus, hence the name Lotus Mountain.
Lotus Mountain is famous for its beautiful natural sceneries with fancy hills, unique stones, green forests and beautiful water. With a forest coverage of more than 90%, the mountain provides a beautiful surrounding and is known as a health resort for its green trees and fresh air. Besides, there are many rare stones which have values for scientific research.
Lotus Mountain has a long history. According to historical records, Emperor Qinshihuang of the Qin dynasty and Emperor Wu of the Han dynasty once set their foot here. Besides, ancient writers and scholars also gathered here and produced numerous poems for it.
Lotus Mountain is the largest place of Enlightenment of Guanyin(Buddha of Charity) in the north of China and a unique tourism site of Buddhist culture in Shandong province. Considered as a Buddhist sacred mountain, the area has rich humanistic resources and profound historical cultures. It is especially rich in its unique Buddhist cultural resources. Guanyin has the utmost position here. Every year a great number of people come to Lotus Mountain to worship Guanyin. On the cliff and among the pines and cypresses sits a giant stone of billions of years, which resembles the shape of Guanyin. It now has become the symbolic scenery in Lotus Mountain. Besides there are also stones and trees which resemble other Buddhist elements, which gives Lotus Mountain the reputation of “the Kingdom of Buddhism”.
Reasons for recommendation: Walking among Lotus mountain, one can not only breathe the fresh air but also feel the Buddhist atmosphere and thus can achieve the peace in mind. There are three travelling routes in the scenic area and more than 200 natural and cultural sites. The natural stone Guanyin is the symbolic scenic spot in this area.
Admission: Peak season(Mar. 1-Nov.30):RMB 80, Off season(Dec.1-Feb.28): RMB 50.
Half price tickets are available for seniors from the age of 60 to 69, servicemen, and students by presenting certificates and children at 1.2 and above to 1.4 meters tall. Free tickets are available for seniors at 70 years old and above, retired servicemen, and the disabled by presenting certificates and children under 1.2 meters tall.
Cable car: RMB 30 (one way), RMB 50 (round trip)
Opening hours: 8:00-17:30
Tel: 0538-7233009 0538-7549166
Address: 5 kilometers northeast of Quangou town, Xintai
By bus: There is a shuttle bus running between Xintai bus station and the Lotus Moutain scenic area with an interval of 20 minutes. The fare is RMB 10.
By car: Drive along Taixin Highway(S31), get off at Xintai Xi(Xintai west), turn left and drive along Niushi road to Yangliu town, then turn right and drive along Jilin road to Dagang gas station, then turn left and drive along the road to the scenic area.
Tips: Please take care on the mountain roads. Please do not climb on the cliffs.