Xiushan Mountain Park in Tonghai County, Yuxi
Xiushan Mountain Park, located in the south of Tonghai county, is one of the important scenic spots in Yuxi and is also the national AAAA level scenic spot. On Xiushan mountain, there are numerous ancient buildings and couplets, with a thick cultural atmosphere.
Chinese Name: 秀山公园
English Name: Xiushan Mountain Park in Tonghai County
Attraction Type: Parks, Mountains and Historical Relics
Best Time to Visit: All year
Recommended Visiting Time: Half Day
Open Hours: All Day
Admission Fee: 50 CNY
Location: East Tonghai County, Yuxi, Yunnan
Why is Xiushan Mountain So Special?
Tonghai Xiushan Park, located in the south of Tonghai county, Yuxi city, Yunnan province, is one of the important scenic spots in Yuxi. The peak is 2060 meters above sea level, with a vertical height of nearly 200 meters, covering an area of 7.6 square kilometers, a sightseeing area of 1.55 million square meters and a building area of more than 50,000 square meters. Xiushan mountain is a historical and cultural park. Tonghai Xiushan mountain, together with Jinma mountain金马山 and Biji mountain碧鸡山 in Kunming, as well as Cangshan mountain苍山 in Dali, was named as four famous mountains in Yunnan during the Ming dynasty. There are Sanyuan palace三元宫, Puguang temple普光寺, Jade emperor pavilion, Qingliangtai清水台, Wanshou palace万寿宫, Doutian pavilion斗天阁, Yongjin temple涌金寺, Bailong temple白龙寺 and other ancient architectural complex. It is now a national 4A class tourist area.
Features of Xiushan Mountain Park
Xiushan Mountain Park is one of the most important scenic spots in Yuxi, with lush trees, numerous ancient buildings and couplets. The rare Song Cypress宋柏, Yuan Cedar元杉 and Ming Yulan明玉兰 on the mountain are honored as “three unique三绝”. Xiushan Mountain is known as “Baishan Lianhai匾山联海” and “stela forest”, and the retained inscribed tablets and stelas have formed a scenic spot featuring human landscape and rare ancient wood. Climb up to the Xiushan mountain and enjoy the scenery of Qilu lake, Tonghai county and basin. During festivals, many people come to pray.
Main Attractions at Xiushan Mountain Park
In the middle of Xiushan mountain, Puguang temple was built in the ninth year of Chunyou(淳佑九年) in the south Song dynasty (AD 1249), namely, the 11th year of Daolong in Dali Kingdom(大理国道隆十一年). Puguang temple architectural complex contains Zhiguang Hall置观堂, Panfu Ancestral Hall畔富祠, Panfu Tower畔富塔 and Xibo Pond洗钵池, etc, which is one of the oldest architecture in Xiushan mountain.
The original name of the Qingliangtai was Qingliang temple, and Qingliangtai was after the Jade Emperor Pavilion. Qingliangtai was built in the late Tang dynasty. In 1478, the monk Jingzong净宗 of Puguang temple reestablished it. Qingliangtai architectures such as Haiyun tower海云楼, Qianfeng Wanhe tower千沟万壑之楼, Penglai pavilion蓬莱阁, Luxian Ancestral temple鲁贤祠, Guixiang hall桂香殿, Wuhou temple武侯祠, and Yaowang hall药王殿 are connected into a whole of four-yard and three-way architecture.
Yongjin temple, located at the top of Xiushan mountain, was founded in the Song dynasty by the emperor Jiaxi嘉兴(AD 1237-1240), and repaired in the Yuan dynasty(AD 1340-1368). Nearly a thousand years, as the temple of central Yunnan, there are more than hundred monks in the temple during Ming and Qing dynasty. Yongjin Temple, also known as Dading Temple大顶寺, is the highest architecture on Xiushan Mountain, covering an area of more than 6000 square meters.
Bailong temple, located in the deep forest on the west of Yongjin temple, was founded in 1486. In recent years, part of galleries and service facilities have been expanded, leading water up the mountain, digging the pool to cultivate lotus and various flowers and plants, which has become a new tourist attraction of Xiushan mountain park. The new attraction architecture complex, located in front of the Bailong temple, was built in 1988. It contains Bbaiyun dock白云坞, Sizhu pavillion丝竹馆, painting and calligraphy exhibition room, pool gallery, wealth temple, orchid garden and tea garden.
5. Tonghai Confucious Temple通海文庙
Tonghai Confucious temple is located at the south of Tonghai county. The Confucious temple consists of Wenmingfang文明坊, Zhonglie Ancestral Temple忠烈祠, Jiexiao Temple节孝祠, Dachegn Gate大城门, Minghuan Temple名宦祠, Dongwu东庑, Xiwu西庑, Dacheng Palace大城殿, Chongsheng Temple崇圣祠 and Zunjing Pavillion尊经阁, covering an area of 12,000 square meters. Tonghai Confucious Temple was built in Yuan dynasty and moved to present site in Wanli of Ming dynasty.
Xiushan mountain historical and cultural park is located in the central and south of Yunnan. It has more than 2000 years history until now. Built on a large scale in the Tang dynasty and experienced Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, seven ancient architectural complexes of grand scale, grand momentum and different styles were formed. Xiushan mountain covers a total area of 1.55 million square meters. There are 250 plaques, couplets, stelas inscribed by scholars in various dynasties.
Best Time to Visit
Tour at Xiushan Mountain Park is available all the year round.
How to Get There
1. By Long-distance Bus
There are non-distance buses from Kunming to Tonghai County. Xiushan Mountain is on the edge of the Tonghai County, after arriving in Tonghai County, you can walk along the south street to Xiushan mountain park. In addition, you can also take train.
Kunming East Bus Station-Tonghai Bus Terminal
Departure Time: 6:58-18:00
Ticket Price: 42 CNY
Distance: 138 Kilometers
Consume Time: About 2.5 hours
2. By Train
Kunming Station-Tonghai Station
Departure Time: 15:41
Ticket Price: 21.5 CNY
Distance: 139 Kilometers
Consume Time: About 2 hours
Accommodation at Xiushan Mountain Park
You can stay at the county seat of Tonghai County because Xiushan Mountain is not far from it.
1. Tonghai Landun Hotel通海兰顿酒店
Address: No.72, Liyue West Road, Xiushan Town, Tonghai County, Yuxi玉溪市通海县秀山镇礼乐西路72号
Starting Price: 114 CNY
2. Tonghai Mingbang Hotel通海名邦大酒店
Address: No.219, Xiushan West Road, Sangyuan Industrial Zone, Tonghai County, Yuxi玉溪市通海县桑园工业区秀山西路219号
Starting Price: 145 CNY
3. Tonghai Diannan Hotel通海滇南大酒店
Address: Liyue West Road, Xiushan Town, Tonghai County, Yuxi玉溪市通海县礼乐西路
Starting Price: 173 CNY
Useful Travel Tips
1. Ultraviolet ray there is strong during sunny days, you should bring sun cream, sun glasses, sun hat or other screen products.
2. During the rainy season(Around June to October), the road conditions could be dangerous.
3. Mountain area is prone to natural disasters, so try not to go out in heavy rain.
4. Located on Xiushan mountain in Tonghai County, the temperature difference at Xiushan Mountain park is relatively large. You are supposed take coats to prevent a cold because of the large temperature difference from daytime to night.