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Xiling Mountain (Xilǐng Xuěshān, 西岭雪山)—also referred to as "Xiling Snow Mountain," "Xiling Snow-Capped Mountain" or just "Xiling Xueshan"—is a pleasant get-away just about two hours by...


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Baota Hill (Baota shan), southeast of the river junction, takes its name from the Bao Pagoda (Bao ta) on its summit. This nine-story pagoda, built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), is 44m (144ft) in height. Climb to the top story and you will get a bird's eye view of the entire town.  This hill, and the pagoda on top of it have become the symbol of the city (and even of Red China). The highlight here, besides the lovely views, is a large Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD) Iron Bell. It saw heavy use during the 1930s and 40s when it..

The sound produced here has been compared to stampeding horses and roaring dragons. When you visit Hukou Waterfall, the second largest waterfall in China, you'll have a chance to make a grandiose comparison of your own.  In the spring, the snow and ice begin to melt. As summer approaches, run-off swells the river to its full 100 meter (330ft) breadth, with spectacular results for photographers and tourists alike. The river suddenly narrows to one fifth that width, concentrating the energy of the torrent just before the fall. As the..

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