Located approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of Tianjin in Jixian County, Pan Shan (Pán Shān, 盘山) makes for a great getaway from hyper-urban Tianjin and Beijing. Pan Shan's green slopes are famed for their jade pines and rock formations shaped into fantastic shapes by centuries of wind and water. In addition to the jade pines, the mountain is home to over 320 different types of tree, making Pan Shan a botanist's paradise.
The main peak, Hanging Moon Peak (Guàyuè Fēng, 挂月峰), rises sharply to 864 meters (2,835 feet) above sea level, on clear days within sight of the Great Wall of China to the west and the Taihang Mountains (Tàiháng Shān, 太行山) to the east. Pan Shan's natural splendor is enhanced by prime examples of classic Chinese architecture—ancient temples and shrines dot the mountain. All told, 72 Buddhist sites are to be found on Pan Shan's peaks and slopes.
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