Zhuque National Forest Park
|Qinling Ridge Area|
Due to the delightful climate, this park has become the home to an abundance of wildlife. Over five hundred and eight species of plants, nineteen species of birds, and eighteen different kinds of beasts, amphibians, reptiles and other creatures live in the forest park. Among the wildlife, there are some national valuable and rare plants and animals, including some kinds treasured in Chinese traditional medicine. Since being constructed, the park has been expanded to five main landscape areas including 105 scenic spots. The five landscape areas are Qinling Ridge Area, Reed River Area, Dragon Pool Area, Strange and Elegant Peak Area and Glacier and Greens Area.
Qinling Ridge Area
Qinling Ridge Area, located to the north of Qinling Ridge, is famous for its harmonious surroundings. As is well-known, Qinling Mountains sit on the boundary of southern and northern China. The mountain area is mostly covered by various trees. When standing on the top of Qinling Ridge, you can feast your eyes on the views of south and north in the distance. Scenic spots in Qinling Ridge Area include Yunxiu Peak, Green Valley with Lark Singing, Heavenly Mountain Gate, Wengong Shrine and others.
Wengong Shrine, built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), functions to commemorate Han Yu, a famous litterateur and philosopher in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). At that time, the worship of Buddhism was wide-spread and the imperial court spent a lot of money on the construction of Buddhist temples so the imperial court massively gathered money from the populace. As Han Yu proposed opposition, he was transferred to deserted places and died there. Later, in honor of Han Yu, people built a shrine to pay respect. Nowadays, we can only see the steles of Wengong Shrine.
Reed River Area
There is a legend about Golden Toad Rock. A filial man named Liu Hai was very poor, but he took good care of his blind mother. Later, because of his benevolence he became an immortal and went to Heaven. A golden toad, which Liu often played with and took care of waited for him for a long time. Finally, the golden toad turned into a rock. So the shape of the Golden Toad Rock is like a toad looking up to the sky.
Pen Rack Mountain is so named due to the shape of the mountain. It’s said that Han Xiangzi, one of the Eight Immortals in the legend of China, often discussed some profound ideology with his friends under Pen Rack Mountain. The open area where they discussed ideology is called Wenchang Lawn. A rock beside the lawn looks like a horn of a rhinoceros, thus it is called Rhinoceros Horn Rock.
Dragon Pool Area
Heavenly Waterfall is the most splendid and biggest waterfall in Dragon Pool Area. The drop height of this waterfall is over 100 meters (about 109 yd). Looking at the blue sky and the waterfall dropping from cliff, you can feel that the magnificent view seems to be the Milky Way falling from the heaven.
Strange and Elegant Mountains Area
Glacier and Greens Area
The Monkey King (Sun Wukong) is a powerful figure in Journey to the West, one of the four Chinese classic books. He protected Xuanzang, a monk who was appointed to get Buddhist liturgy from Tianzhu (India). Rock of Monkey King Paying Homage to Buddha is so named due to a legend. It’s said that after succeeding in protecting Xuanzang, the Monkey King became a Buddha. As he traveled here, he was greatly attracted by the scenery. One day, seeing a cliff like a sitting Buddha, he thought of the blessings of Buddha and hurried to pay homage.
How to get to Zhuque National Forest Park
Bus Schedule: 08:30 - 11:30 from North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda to Lou Guan Tai; Return at 13:30-17:30.
2. Take bus 928 from Xi'an South Bus Station, which is close to South Third Ring Road, get off at Huxian Bus Station. There you can take bus 803 to Huxian South Bus Station. Then take the regular bus, which leaves at 10:00 and 17:00, to Zhuque National Forest Park.
3. Take bus no. 911 from Xi'an Coach Station, located on no. 13, Fengqing Road, to Huxian Bus Station, change bus no. 803 to Huxian Souh Bus Station and then take regular bus to Zhuque National Forest Park.
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|Admission Fee:||Mar. - Nov. : CNY 45 |
Dec. - Feb. : CNY 25
Children between 1.2 meters and 1.4 meters in height: CNY 22.
Seniors over 65 years old: Half price
|Cable Car:||CNY 80 for a round trip; |
CNY 50 for a single trip
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