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Buddhism, Four Sacred Sites of (Sì Dà Fójiào Míng Shān 四大佛教名山)

André LALIBERTÉ Chinese visitors climb Emei Shan (Mount Emei) in Sichuan. Emei Shan is one of the most sacred sites of Buddhism. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. The four sacred sites of Buddhism in China are Wutai Shan, Emei Shan, … Continue reading

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Mount Wudang (Wǔdāng Shān 武当山)

Michael PRETES A view of mist-shrouded Mount Wudang. The vast monastery complexes on Mount Wudang are no longer used for religious ceremonies on a scale that they once were, but are a popular destination for tourists. Wudang Shan (Mount Wudang) … Continue reading

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Mount Emei (Éméi Shān 峨眉山)

Bent NIELSEN The city of Leshan boasts a several-hundred-foot-high statue of Buddha carved out of rock. A boat ride that passes the statue is popular with tourists who hike and climb in the area, as much for the imposing view … Continue reading

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Mount Tai (Tài Shān 泰山)

Brian R. DOTT A sacred and scenic site since prehistoric times, Mount Tai (Taishan), in Shandong Province, has figured in the lives of Chinese elite and Chinese commoners; it maintains its hold on the Chinese imagination to this day. Mount … Continue reading

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Tian Shan (Tiānshān 天山)

Stephen F. CUNHA The Tian Shan range, even from a distance, dominates the landscape. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. The Tian Shan range, located mainly along the border between China and Kyrgyzstan, is 2,414 kilometers long and covers more than … Continue reading

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Hengduan Ranges (Héngduàn Shānmài 横断山脉)

Bent NIELSEN Located in Yunnan Province in southwestern China, the sparsely populated Hengduan ranges are China’s longest and widest mountain system. Main sources of income are cattle, sheep, and forestry. The ranges also are a major tea producer. Most of … Continue reading

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Huang Shan (Huáng Shān 黄山)

Yu Luo RIOUX Huang (Yellow) Shan is one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in China, offering true landscape views just as stunning as those depicted in traditional Chinese paintings. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. Located in southern Anhui Province, … Continue reading

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Greater Xing’an Range (Dàxīng‘ān Lǐng 大兴安岭)

Bent NIELSEN Greater Xing’an, a sparsely inhabited mountain range in northeastern China, is one of the country’s most important timber areas and home to a wide variety of natural resources, including many used in traditional Chinese medicine. Deforestation has become … Continue reading

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Kunlun Mountains (Kûnlún Shân 昆仑山)

Bent NIELSEN The Kunlun Mountains are a sparsely populated 2,500-kilometer-long mountain range that constitutes the physical border between Tibet and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in Western China. It is crossed by the Qinghai-Tibet railway, the highest in the world. … Continue reading

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Qinling Range (Qínlǐng Shānmài 秦岭山脉)

Unryu SUGANUMA An ink painting depicting a mountain range from Book of Mountains and Rocks (Shuan Shih P’u). The Qinling Range is located in north-central China between the Huang (Yellow) River and the Yangzi (Chang) River. It is one of … Continue reading

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