Located to the northeast of Shangrao City, Jiangxi Province, Mountain Sanqingshan was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during the 32nd session of World Heritage on July 6th, 2008. Apart from that, it is designated as a national key scenic spot, a grade AAAA national tourist area, a national natural heritage and a national geo-park. Mr. Paul, the President of the National Park Foundation of the U.S., remarked that: “Mountain Sanqingshan is one of the few essences and the treasure of the world”. Chinese National Geography recommended it as one of the “top five beautiful mountains in China” and geologists from China and America all agree that it has “the most spectacular granite along the verge of western pacific ocean”.
Mountain Sanqingshan is 89.48 miles (144km) east of Quzhou City, Zhejiang Province, 48.47 miles (78km) west of Shangrao City, 62.1 miles (115km) south of Wuyishan City, Fujian Province and 163.42 miles (263km) north of Huangshan City, Anhui Province. The scenic spot covers an area of 84.89 square miles (220 square km), of which 27.41 square miles (71 square km) is the main scenic area. Yushan County is closest to the mountain.
The three peaks Yujing, Yuxu, Yuhua looks like three divine spirits Yuqing, Shangqing and Taiqing of Taoism resting in a row, hence the name Mountain Sanqingshan. It combines the beauty of Huangshan Mountain, the spectacular of E’mei Mountain, the nimbus of Lushan Mountain and the steepness of Huashan Mountain in one, thereafter displaying a unique quality.
The granite landforms are the most valued component of Sanqingshan landscape. Mountain Sanqingshan has plentiful granite morphological landscape resource, picturesque meteorological landscape resource, ecological landscape resources, rare plant and animal resources as well as landscape resources of lakes and waterfalls and Taoism culture. Visitors can see the pictographic stone landscape here, lifelike natural sculptures, such as the Oriental Goddess, Gigantic Boa, Colorful Screen at Ninth Heaven, Thousands of Peaks Competing for the Best, Three Dragons Rushing to Sea and Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy) Enjoys Music. Visitors may also enjoy various special meteorological phenomena, of which the most important ones are: Cloud Sea, Cloud Waterfall, Sanqing Divine Light, Five Colors Road in the Clouds, and Meteor Showers. During winter, you can experience another landscape type, mountain blanketed in snow. Mountain Sanqingshan has been an important spiritual center for Taoism, an ancient religious culture unique to China. The historic Taoist stone structures, such as Sanqing Temple, Dragon and Tiger Palace and Wind and Storm Pagoda remain important relics of the Taoism culture.
Mountain Sanqingshan boasts a particular high biodiversity. There are 2,373 species of higher plant, 1,728 species of wild animals, forming the most diversified ecological environment in East Asia. In addition, 144 species of animal and plant are listed in the China Species Red List, and 79 species are designated as National Key Protection wild animals and plants in China.
Mountain Sanqingshan presents a stunning array of natural beauty combining primeval landscapes and pristine flora. Few, if any, other world sites can rival it in terms of grandeur and majesty of Mother Nature. Come and visit, you will find it a special and beautiful place, not only for China, but also to the world.