Jade Spring Mountain (Yuquanshan)

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The Jade Mountain lies approximately 2.5 kilometers west of Longevity Hill (Wanshoushan) in the Summer Palace, which is famous for the clear, sweet waters of its spring. In ancient times, the Jade Spring Mountain was the site of numerous traditional buildings. The largest of them was called by the fanciful name, the "Grand Duke Who Stands Aloof" (Kuoran Dagong). In the middle of the lake to the north of the hall was a pavilion known as "Clear Reflections of Lotus" (Furong Qianzhao) and to the west stood the Dragon King Temple (Longwangmiao).

On the peak of the mountain, the Pagoda of Supreme Height (Miaogaota) stands on the Platform of Supreme Height (Miaogaotai). The pagoda is 33 meters high and ahs nine stories. A spiral staircase inside leads to the top floor, where there is a statue of the Buddha in bronze.

Travel tips:

Address: Xishan Hill, Haidian District;

Transportation: Take Bus No. 333, 904 and get off at the Linyan stop

(China.org.cn May 17,2008)


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