Qianshan National ParkLiaoning Province of China.
HistoryThe area has a long history of religious worship dating back 1200 years to the Tang dynasty of China. The Emperor Taizong, Li Shimin, of the Tang Dynasty visited the site and added to the temples here. It was enhanced during both Ming and Qing dynasties. Emperors Kangxi and Qianlong visited and the poetry that they wrote while here can be seen. After the revolutions of the 20th century, the site ead abandoned and some buildings were damaged. The park has since been restored and expanded with new temples of the Matria Buddha.
LandscapeNearly 1000 lotus shaped peaks made of granite. You can hike between the different temples and monasteries of Tang, Ming, and Qing style and other attractions.
Flora and faunaThe area is predominantly pine forest on the mountain tops and deciduous in the valleys.
ClimateIn summer, hot, typically 32 °C. Winters are very cold, often as low as -20 °C. Heavy snow is not uncommon in winter.
There is a frequent bus service to Qianshan from the bus station in the centre of Anshan near to the train station. Take bus Number 8. The fare is 2 Yuan each way. buses are crowded at times, and rather slow. Return buses wait near the main gate of the park. A taxi will take you from Anshan city centre to the main gate for ¥35-40. You can rely on the meter of the taxi; it starts out at ¥6.00 and starts ticking over from 2 km onwards. Taxis are commonly waiting at the park gate for your return journey.
Fees and permits
Maitreya Buddha scenic spotThis is the world's largest naturally formed image of Buddha. It is fully 70 m high. On the peak overlooking the Buddha mountain is the Maitreya Buddha temple and pagodas. The site was discovered in the mid-1990s. A stepped path leads up to the summit. A cable car runs part way up the mountain but not all the way.
Heaven above HeavenNear the main gates of the park, this summit can be reached by several routes. Either climb the stairs past Wuliang Taoist Temple or use the cable car. However, the cable car route here is relatively short and there remains a significant climb both before and after the car journey. If you continue along the ridge, you will pass such sites as Seventh Heaven, the Ninth Heaven, the Narrow Path between Rocks, wooden fish, rootless rock, pitiable pine, and the sky-watching frog. The ridge walk will lead you over to and route down to Five Dragon Temple or you can continue on to the Five Buddha Summit.
Five Buddha SummitThis is the second highest peak in the park. At the top there are five statues of the Buddha. The site is said to date to the Tang Dynasty. Direct access is only by cable car followed by a very steep climb by foot. The ridge way runs to Heaven above Heaven though decent can also be made about half way along via the Longquan Buddhist temple.
Immortal Summit - China's forest parkTo the south of the main park, this area has it's own entrance and separate charges. Here ancient pine trees, many over 100 years old, can be seen as can Buddhist temples. The peak here, at 708.3 m above sea level, is the highest in Qianshan park.
Garden of BirdsSituated towards the back of the park near the cable car to the Five Buddha Summit, the Garden of Birds contains over 100 types of birds.
Dragon Spring TempleLegend has it that Taizong, Li Shimin, an Emperor of the Tang Dynasty, drank of the waters here and found them to be sweet. Today two spring waters can be found, one is bitter in taste and the other sweet. The film The Bell of the Ancient Temple was made here.
Qianshan Ski ResortSituated just outside the main National Park area, this new ski centre has several runs for novice and accomplished skiers. Ski hire is available on site and the centre is well staffed and has modern equipment. It is only open during winter months.
Qianshan Hot Spring Resort AreaSeveral natural hot spring spa baths are around the north entrance to the park. Here travellers can relax in the waters and receive other treatments such as massage.
Qianshan Golf RangeGolf courses are not common in China. In Qianshan district there is a driving range where you can practice your swing.
phone: +86 412 5415066Three-star country hotel
Green Mountain Village Hotelphone: +86 412 5400001Three-star country hotel
The Rose Mountain Villaphone: +86 412 5412789Three-star country hotel
Jicui Hotelphone: +86 412 5417888Three-star country hotel
Xinfeng hotelphone: +86 412 5412233address: Yu Ji Cui Lilac Hill, Qianshan District, Anshan. (鞍山市千山区丁香峪积翠山庄)This three-star hotel is near to Qianshan National Park and has 158 rooms.
Anshan Qiushi Hotelphone: +86 412 2410272address: 1st Street, Qianshan District, Anshan (鞍山市千山区温泉街1号)This three-star hotel has within it a natural hot water spa where you can relax. It is near to Qianshan National Park and has 42 rooms.
Or you can stay in one of the many large hotels within Anshan City, near to the park.
Anshan International Hotelphone: +86 412 5555888address: 219 Yuanlin Ave, Teidong, Anshan. (鞍山市铁东区园林路219号)A five-star hotel at the edge of Dongshan Park. Contains 306 rooms with 520 beds.
Wuhuan Hotelphone: +86 412 5520888address: 43 Shengli Ave, Teidong, Anshan. (鞍山市铁东区南胜利路43号)This five-star hotel has 328 rooms and 515 beds. Renmen Park, behind the hotel, is a hive of activity in the evenings with people dancing, exercising and practising Taichi. Several "doctors" set up benches here where, from ¥15, you can have a massage.
- Tanggangzi Hot Springs - famous as the place where the last Qing emperor, Puyi, came to bathe with his empress. About 10 km south of Anshan city centre. There are other less well known spas near to Qianshan park gates.
- Jade Buddha Temple - On the eastern edge of Anshan city on Qianshan Jie. The world's largest statue of Buddha made form a single block of jade.
- Shenyang is the major city of Liaoning province. It is two hours away by road. In this city are several major tourist sites including some UNESCO world heritage sites.