Mt Sanqing (or Sanqingshan) is a mountain of outstanding natural beauty in Jiangxi Province and is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is characterised by the numerous granite pinnacles that protrude skyward often piercing the swirling mists. The mountain features a diverse range of flora and fauna and local species of pine trees cover the slopes. Accessing the higher reaches of the mountain is easy using a convenient cable car. From the top station well-made paths allow for straightforward walking although many steps may be involved!
Mt Sanqing has much in common with the more famous Mt Huang but being lesser-known works to its advantage as there are fewer visitors to the mountain. Given that the two mountains are about four hours apart by road they can be visited easily on the same itinerary.
Close to Mt Sanqing is the historical region of Wuyuan. This region features many small villages from the period of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Visit Little Likeng to stroll alongside the babbling waterways, in Qinghua discover the ancient Rainbow Bridge and in Jiangwan take a peek inside some of the traditional dwellings.
Henan Province is often referred to as
the cradle of civilization in China. It has
evidence of some of the earliest settlements
in the country and was home to some of its
The ancient city of Luoyang has a history
stretching back over 4,000 years. Here, the
Longmen Grottoes are one of the most
important Buddhist sites in China where
there are over 100,000 Buddhist statues
carved into limestone cliffs. Also visit White
Horse Temple, the first Buddhist temple in
China, where the picturesque grounds are
a tranquil place for reflection. Kaifeng is another ancient capital which
reached its peak in the 11th century and was
possibly the largest city in the world at that
time. Many historical sites remain including
the Iron Pagoda, Dragon Pavilion and several
The most well-known monastery in Henan
Province is at Shaolin, home of the famous
Kung-Fu Monks. Founded in the 5th century
the monastery has many traditional temples
as well as the Pagoda Forest dating back to
the Tang Dynasty. Shaolin Monastery has long
been associated with martial arts and you can
witness a demonstration of the monks’ skills.