Qixia Mountain

Qixia Mountain, also known as Sheshan Mountain or Dongshan Mountain, lies about 22 km (13.7 miles) northeast of Nanjing City. The mountain consists of three peaks - Dragon Peak, Tiger Peak and Flying Phoenix Peak (the main peak).

The natural landscape here is really enthralling with its flame colored maple trees, strange stones, luxuriant forests and clear springs. However, the most impressive spots on Mount Qixia are the many widely scattered cultural relics, especially Qixia Temple, Sarira Pagoda and Thousand Buddhas Cliff. Qixia Mountain is revered as the first mountain in Jinling (present-day Nanjing).

Mirror Lake

The first sight of the scenic area is Mirror Lake, which is west of the gate of Qixia Temple. The lake was created during the reign of Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The Huxin (the center of the lake) Pavilion is connected to the bank by the Nine Bend Bridge.

Qixia Temple

Qixia Temple located at the western foot of the main peak was built in the Southern Dynasties (420-589). It was originally the house of a famous monk and later donated as a temple named Qixia Jingshe, the place for monks or Taoists to live and practice austerities. This is how the name of Qixia Mountain originated. This was one of the four Buddhist monasteries established during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The original building was destroyed by war, but was reconstructed during the Qing Dynasty, and today the main features are the Mountain Gate, the Heavenly King Hall, the Pi Lu (a Buddha) Hall and the Sutra Hall.

You can sample the vegetarian noodles that are served in Qixia Temple. A specialty, they really do taste different with fragrant mushroom, suji (steamed bean curd roll) and other vegetables. The souvenirs available here include various maple leaf bookmarks and ornaments.

Sarira Pagoda

Sarira Pagoda in Qixia Mountain is southeast of Qixia temple, built of white stone it is a five story octagonal construction. The exterior walls are decorated with vivid reliefs. Those on the base of the pagoda base depict the Buddha's birth, travels, ascetic practices, meditation, the expounding of Buddhist sutras, subjugating evil spirits as well as the nirvana of Sakyamuni. The carvings include dragons and phoenixes together with other birds and flowers. The main body of the pagoda has sculptures of Heavenly Kings, Wenshu Buddha (Manjusri, Buddha of Wisdom) and Puxian Buddha (Bodhisattva of Universal Benevolence) riding an elephant. A shrine containing a Buddha is located on each story. Under the eaves are images of Feitian (flying Apsaras) and Letian (the Buddhist god of sweet music). In a word the elegant sculpting, the exquisite reliefs and the magnificent decoration make this pagoda representative of Buddhist art south of the Yangtze River.

Thousand Buddhas Cliff

The Thousand Buddhas Cliff is at the southeast foot of the main peak of Qixia Mountain, and comprises 294 shrines and 515 statues of Buddhas - hence the name. Most of the shrines house a Buddha with two disciples. Some sit while some stand, their sizes varying from several cun (a unit of length, equal to 1/3 decimeter) to several zhang (a unit of length, equal to 10.9 feet). Among these, the statue of Amitabha is the biggest, at a height of 11 meters (36 feet) including its base. The most famous is the East Feitian in No. 102 shrine. Sadly, some of the sculptures have suffered damage due to perennial efflorescence.

Best Time to Visit Qixia Mountain

The best time to visit Mount Qixia is in late autumn when the maple leaves have turned crimson. We wish you a good time when visiting the mountain.

How to get to Qixia Mountain

Take bus 194, 195, 196, 197, 206, 207 or 327 to Qixiashan (Qixia Mountain).
Nanjing Bus / Metro Search
Entrance Fee CNY25;
CNY40 when maple leaves in red (around November and December);
Free for children under 1.3m (4.3 feet).
Opening Hours 7:00 - 17:30

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- Last updated on Jun. 20, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Qixia Mountain
Asked by Thomas from ENGLAND | May. 18, 2018 03:42Reply
i will be arriving at Nanjing Railway Station at 11am on Saturday, how do i go to Qixia temple?
I read there is a bus but can somebody confirm the bus number and bus stop.
Answers (1)
Answered by William from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 21, 2018 02:09

Both the bus line 206 and 207 are available. You can take a bus from Nanjing Station North Square East Station which is around 500m away Nanjing Railway Station.
Asked by rosalind from MALAYSIA | Nov. 13, 2013 10:41Reply
from shanghai to nanjing qixia mountain
is there any budget day trip tour ? can i still see the fall foliage in early Dec ?
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Answered by Blair from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 13, 2013 21:24

Take a high-speed train at Shanghai Railway Station to Nanjing. Near Nanjing Railway Station, you can take the Nanshang bus line or Nanqi bus line to the Mt. directly.

Don't worry! Early Dec. is still fine to see the autumn foliages. No need to join a tour for this visit. You can well handle that by yourself!
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