Jizu Mountain

Jizu Mountain is located in northwest corner of Binchuan County; it is 100 kilometers away from Dali City and 400 km away from Kunming. The mountain extends 7km from east to west, 6km from south to north and covers an area of 2822 hectare. Jizu Mountain got its name "Jizu" (Chicken foot) as its shape is just like a chicken’s foot. The highest peak (Golden Top) is 3248m. And there are 40 rare hills, 13 perilous peaks, 34 cliffs, 45 deep and quiet caves, hundreds of springs and ponds and innumerous ranges and valleys in Jizu Mountain.

The old name of Jizu Mountain is Qingdian Mountain, Nine-curve Mountain, or Nine-layer Cliff. After the flourishing of Buddhism in Ming Dynasty, it was renamed Jizu Mountain. It was as the sacred place of Buddhism for a long time. As a famous mountain of Buddhism, Jizu Mountain is ranked along with Mt. Emei, Mt. Wutai, Mt. Jiuhua and Mt. Putuo. There scatter many ancient buildings of temples in the mountain, which is well-known for their grandness, rareness, quietness and elegance.

Dali Jizu Mountain

Jizu Mountain is naturally beautiful with the "4 sights and 8 landscapes". The famous Ming geographer Xu Xiake once climbed Jizu Mountain twice and compiled "Records of Jizu Mountain". And he had spoken highly of the famous "4 sights" and "8 landscapes" in the mountain in his poems. The 4 sights are: sun sight, cloud sight, sea sight and snow sight and the 8 landscapes are: the Buddha’s light, the thunder in a clear sky at Huashou, snow at Cangshan Mountain, the mist on Lake Erhai, the pine trees, the flowing fall, the autumn moon in the yard of the pagodas. In addition, there are some other scenic spots, such as Huashou Gate, the fall at Yulong, the empty ancient tree.

temple in Jizu Mountain dali yunnan china

The climate here is mild and humid, which is suitable for varieties of plants and animals. According to the preliminary survey, there are 80 sections of advanced-grade plants, 500 kinds, 100 kinds of medical plants and hundreds of low-grade plants. The rare trees include Manchurian catalpa, aspen, robur, Cangshan Mountain fir, Yunnan pine tree, Hua Mountain pine tree and different kinds of azaleas and camellias. And the rare flowers are green orchid, black orchid; snow orchid, yellow peony, grass jelly and golden spider lily.

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