A UNESCO heritage site well hidden in Jinagxi province, Mt. Lushan is a major local attraction that includes hiking trails, religious iconography, and evidence of British history in China. Check out Mao and Chang-kai Shek’s former mountain retreat home, Meilu, or wander around the beautiful lakes that line your path toward the top of Mt. Lu, where you can take the gondolas up to different vista points – or simply walk. There are many different restaurants and food shops all along the Guling’s (the town at the base of the park) main drag, but getting off the well-trod tourist path and into the mountains themselves is a real treat. The White Deer Grotto Academy is a serene area of the greater park area, and you can lose yourself a bit while contemplating Li Bo’s nature poetry (a calligraphy museum devoted to him is on site) among the lily pad-laden ponds, or you can make an offering to the spirit of the mountain at the Celestial Cave. View the Donglin Temple, a Buddhist monastery that adds to the relative peace of the place, before walking back down to the town of Guling, whose main street features many local artists hawking their sparse paintings of the area’s natural beauty. Mt. Lushan is one of the many naturally beautiful areas of China and is well-worth a visit.
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