Yunlong Mountain (Dragon in Clouds Mountain)
|Entrance of Yunlong Mountain, Xuzhou|
The Yunlong Mountain is 142 meters (155 yards) above sea level and about three kilometers (about two miles) long from north to south. From the top of the mountain, the view is incredible – with the Yunlong Lake to the west, and the Yellow River to the east. Yunlong Mountain is famous for both its natural scenery and its historical relics, of which Setting Free Cranes Pavilion (Fanghe Ting) and Xinghua Temple are the most well known. Many other historical areas are located throughout the mountainside, including Dongpo (Su Shi) Stone Bed (Dongpo Shichuang), Clothes Trying on Pavilion (Shiyi Ting), Boat Pavilion (Chuan Ting), Zhang Shanren's (Zhang Tianji) Former Residence as well as the inscriptions carved on cliff surfaces of the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) Dynasties.
Setting Free Cranes Pavilion
Setting Free Cranes Pavilion (Fanghe Ting) is located on the flat roof of the Mountain, and it is 11.95 meters (13 yards) long from north to south and 4.95 meters (five yards) wide. It was originally built by Zhang Tianji of the Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127), who often fed two cranes in Yunlong Mountain. Each morning, Zhang Tianji allowed his cranes to wander free in the pavilion, so his good friend Su Shi, a great litterateur and artist in the Northern Song Dynasty, named the area Setting Free Cranes Pavilion (Fanghe Ting).
Temple Fair of Yunlong Mountain
Compared with other mountains, Yunlong Mountain is relatively small; you can either climb it by foot or use the modern cable-car and slide, which conveniently connect you with various scenic spots.
|Admission Fee:||Free or charge (excluding CNY 4 Xinghua Temple)|
|Cable-car and Slide |
|Cable-car: CNY 10 (Yunlong Lake to Sight-seeing Platform) |
CNY 15 (Yunlong Lake to the south gate of Pengyuan)
Slide: CNY 10 (Sight-seeing Platform to Yunlong Lake)
|Opening Hours:||07:00-18:00 (winter) |
06:00-18:00 (spring, summer and autumn)
|Bus Route:||take bus no. 9, 38, 47, 53, 63, 69, 603, 604 or Tourist Bus 3, and get off at Yunlongshan Station|
Quanshan National Forest Park