Qiyun Mountain, 33 kilometers to the west of Huangshan City (Tunxi), is situated at the foot of Huangshan Mountains, and the Wangang (from Anhui to Jiangxi) Railway runs through the foot of Qiyun Mountain. A stone penetrates the sky, and it is as high as the clouds, hence the name of Qiyun Mountain (as-high-as-the-cloud mountain). It is a scenic area of mountain with the characteristics of Taoist culture and red morning/evening glow. Qiyun Mountain was listed as a cultural relics site under the provincial protection in 1981, and listed by the State Council in 1994 as one of the cultural relics sites under the national protection.
Qiyun Mountain consists of 9 peaks, including the Qiyun Peak, Baiyue Peak, Qishan Peak, Wanshou Peak, etc. The scenic area is 110 square kilometers. Qiyun Mountain is famous for its steep mountain, clear water, oddly shaped stones and tranquil caves. The scenic spots include the Yuehua Street, the Yunyan Lake and the Loushang Building. Qiyun Mountain has 36 steep peaks, 44 oddly shaped stones, 18 tranquil caves, 27 waterfall caves of springs, 14 pools, 16 pavilions, 537 inscriptions and stone tablets, 3 stone decorated archways, 5 stone bridges and 33 temples and monasteries.
Fascinating Places and Happy Lands
The Fascinating Places and Happy Lands include the three cliff inscriptions (inscriptions on the Qizhen Cliff, the Zhonglie Cliff and the Shouzi Cliff). As it is said, the Qizhen Cliff is the cultivation place of Qixia Immortal in the Tang Dynasty (618-907); the Zhonglie Cliff is the place used to fete the Guangong Immortal; and the Chinese character Shou (longevity) on the Shouzi Cliff is the handwriting of Dowager Empress Cixi of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The diameter of the large Chinese character Shou (longevity) is up to 230 centimeters. After going across the Shouzi Cliff, tourists can see and pass through a capacious stone cave that is completely formed by nature. The cave is a hollow under the Shouzi Cliff and it is known as the No. 1 Heaven Gate. There are many stone inscriptions and tablets in the cave, and they are called the Baiyue Stele Forest .
Caves of Fairies and Immortals
There are many caves under the cliffs. These caves are used to enshrine various statutes of immortals, including the Eight-Immortal Cave, the Yuantong Cave, the Arhat Cave, the Yujun Cave and the Wenchang Cave. The scenic spot of these caves is one of the most important parts of scenic spots of Qiyun Mountain. The statutes of Taoist eight immortals are enshrined in the Eight-Immortal Cave. The statue of Nanhai Kwan-yin Buddha is enshrined in the Yuantong Cave. The statue of the Zhenwu Dijun is enshrined in the Arhat Cave, and the statutes of the eighteen arhats are enshrined at both sides too. The statue of Dragon King is enshrined in the Yujun Cave. The statue of Wenqu Star is enshrined in the Wenchang Cave. From the immortal caves of Qiyun Mountain, we can obviously feel the combination of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. There are many stone inscriptions on the cliff of the immortal caves.
The peak is in front of the Taisu Palace of the Yuehua Street. The peak is tall and in the shape of an incense burner, so it is called as the Xianglu Peak (peak in the shape of incense burner).