Western Hills

The Western Hills are part of the Biji Mountain chain which lies to the west of Kunming. These hills are thought to look like a young girl, lying on the ground and looking up to the sky, and are known throughout the area as the "Sleeping Beauty". Legends surrounding these hills claim she dreams of the day when her lover will return, and lake Dianchi has been formed from the tears she sheds whilst she waits. The area of the Western Hill, providing travelists an excellent environment to enjoy the tranquility and marvelous scenery, stretches from the Huating Temple to the Longmen (or Dragon Gate), incorporating mountains, structures from the Ming and Qing dynasties and forests of pine and fir trees. The Huating temple is a wooden structure, famous for colorful statues in the style of both Buddhism and Taoism.
A short distance away from the Huating temple is the Taihua Temple, on the mountain of the same name. The range of pavilions and mansions that line the area are connected with covered corridors and surrounded by ancient trees and orchids. The Taihua temple is known for peace and tranquility, There are also several grottoes in the Western Hills, including those of Longmen near Datiange and the Taoist grottoes in Yunnan. These are thought to have taken 72 years to build these grottoes in the Qing dynasty, as a feat of cultural achievement. The people of Western Hills generally celebrate on the 3rd of March, as a time to appreciate the coming spring. Here is some guide information for your travel to the Western Hills: Admission Fee: CNY20/Person; Recommended Time for a Visit: 40 minutes; Opening Hours: 08:30 to 18:00.

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