Mount Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve in Tongren

Why is Mount Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve so Special?

Mount Fanjing is renowned for its pristine and untouched natural beauty, characterized by its primitive vegetation and majestic landscapes. The mountain range stands proudly, with peaks rising one after another, creating a breathtaking panorama that captivates visitors.

One of the most iconic features of Mount Fanjing is its Golden Summit, where red clouds often gather, creating a mesmerizing and ethereal spectacle. The summit serves as a spiritual sanctuary and a focal point for pilgrims seeking enlightenment and tranquility.

Yuejing Mountain, another notable attraction, offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes and is often bathed in the soft light of the moon, adding to its mystical allure. The Sleeping Buddha, a natural rock formation resembling a reclining figure, is a symbol of peace and serenity, inviting contemplation and reflection.

Other highlights of Mount Fanjing include the Mushroom Stone, a unique rock formation resembling a mushroom, and Jiulong Pond, a tranquil lake surrounded by lush greenery. Layers of Mountains unfold in a mesmerizing display of rugged terrain and verdant slopes, while Phoenix Mountain stands as a symbol of resilience and rebirth.

Throughout Mount Fanjing, visitors are treated to a tapestry of natural wonders, from cascading waterfalls to meandering streams, each adding to the mountain’s charm and allure. As one explores its winding trails and hidden valleys, they are enveloped in a sense of awe and wonder, experiencing firsthand the timeless beauty of this sacred mountain.

Where is Mount Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve?


Mount Fanjing becomes a rare global biodiversity base because of its complex terrain and environment. According to research data, there are about 2000 kinds of existing plant species in the area. 31 of these species have been included to the National Protection List, including 6 species of national first-class and 25 species of national second-class protected plants. There are 44 different types of forests like dove trees, hemlock,beech forest,yellow polar etc. Mount Fanjing is also a habitat for endangered animals,like golden monkeys,Tibetan macaque,clouded leopard,serow and black bears. And among them golden monkeys which are also called the only children of the earth with only 800 remaining are key animals under direct state protection.

Buddhist culture

Mount Fanjing, steeped in ancient history and revered by Buddhists since the Tang Dynasty, holds a prominent place among China’s sacred mountains. Its significance has only grown over the centuries, with its prosperity reaching its peak during the Ming Dynasty. Ceci Stele, dating back to the reign of Emperor Wanli, lauds Mount Fanjing as an enduring symbol of greatness and uniqueness, standing firm from ancient to modern times.

Buddhists have long regarded Mount Fanjing as the residence of Maitreya, with its golden summit serving as the focal point. The mountain is adorned with four royal temples and 48 Buddhist convents, scattered like stars across its base, welcoming pilgrims from far and wide. The main hall, Chengen Palace, and other small palaces form a protective barrier around the golden summit, creating a divine sanctuary for worshippers.

The construction of two palaces facing each other on the golden summit, flanked by two Buddhas and surrounded by boundless fields and heavenly palaces, is a testament to the ingenuity of the White Lotus Community during the Southern Song Dynasty. This architectural marvel stands as a testament to Mount Fanjing’s significance in the development of Buddhism in China.

The natural phenomena and sacred relics found on Mount Fanjing are revered as treasures by both scientists and Buddhists alike, symbolizing the mercy and compassion of Bodhisattva. Master Yicheng of the Chinese Buddhist Association has bestowed the title “Maitreya Residence” upon Mount Fanjing, elevating its status among China’s five great Buddhist mountains.

The phenomenon of the Buddha’s light, witnessed at Mount Fanjing during sunrise and sunset, is a breathtaking spectacle that captivates visitors. The colorful hues and majestic shadows of Buddha cast against the clouds create an awe-inspiring scene, reaffirming Mount Fanjing’s status as a sacred and spiritual destination.

With its unparalleled beauty and spiritual significance, Mount Fanjing continues to shine as one of China’s most revered and enchanting mountains, drawing pilgrims and visitors alike to experience its divine splendor.

Best Time to Travel Mount Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve

The best time to pay a visit is all year round.

Zhenyuan is located on the edge of Yunnan-Guizhou plateau, surrounded by mountains. Zhenyuan ancient town has been an amphibious transportation center since ancient times. In 202 BC, the town became a county established by Liu Bang, the emperor of Han Dynasty, and then became the capital of Qiandongnan Autonomous Prefecture in 1956. The ancient town of Zhenyuan is penetrated by the Wuyang River and is divided into two parts: the south “Wei City” and the north “Fu City”, forming a watery region. Therefore, it is known as “Venice of the East”.
Zhenyuan, as a famous historical and cultural city, is rich in tourism resources. Zhenyuan has a subtropical humid climate with an annual average temperature of 16.4 degrees and four distinct seasons. Therefore, it is an ideal tourist destination all year round.

How to Get There

  • Take a bus from Tongren Tourist Bus Station near Tongren Railway Station to the scenic area directly, and the buses depart at 07:30, 8:30 and 10:30 in the morning.

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Ticket Fare Operating Hours
Entrance Ticket Mar. – Nov.: CNY100
Dec. – Feb. next year: CNY90
Mar. Nov.: 8:00 – 19:00;
Dec. – Feb. next year: 8:00 – 18:00
Sightseeing Bus CNY20 (round-trip);
CNY10 (one-way);
Half-ticket price for children between 1.1 and 1.4 meters (3.6 – 4.6 feet);
Free for children under 1.1m.
Mar. Nov.: 8:00 – 16:30;
Dec. – Feb. next year: 8:00 – 17:00
Cable Car CNY160 (round-trip);
CNY90 (one-way);
Free for children under 1.1m.
Mar. Nov.: 8:00 – 18:00;
Dec. – Feb. next year: 8:00 – 17:00
Combo Ticket CNY290 including the entrence fee, sightseeing bus and round-trip cable car tickets.

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Edited by Doreen/张洋