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Keywords: Forest Park, Daoist temple complex, Buddhist caves, Dragon Gate grotto (Confucianism) 

Location: 15 kilometers west of Kunming, Yunnan Province

Altitude: 2350 meters

Best Time to Visit: March to October

About the Western Hills:

Western Hills boasts an excellent environment with flourishing flowers and dense forest, providing tourists an excellent environment to enjoy the tranquility and marvelous scenery. They have also been given another name - 'Sleeping Beauty Hills' for the hills because its skyline looks like a beautiful young lady laying beside Dianchi Lake with her face upward and her hair trailling into water.

In the Western Hills, Huating Temple, Taihua Temple, and Sanqing Pavillion are shaded by flourishing woods and tall bamboo bushes. The exquisite Gragon Gate Grotto is built along the precipice cliff. The grand and magnificent beauty of lakes and mountains, and the rich cultural deposits make the Western Hills charming and mysterious.

The Western Hills The Western Hills

The Western Hills

Main Attractions in Western Hills

In Western Hills, there are wonderful scenic spots such as Huating Temple, Taihua Temple, Sanqing Pavilion, and Dragon Gate. The undulating hills, verdant trees and melodious bird singing together with the magnificent ancient building make you feel peaceful in the modern city.

Huating Temple(华亭寺)

At the altitude of 2025 meters, Huating Temple was first built in 14 century. It had been destroyed and rebuilt several times most recently in 1923. As one of the largest Buddhist temples in Yunnan Province, the buildings inside the temple are imposing and spectacular.

Taihua Temple(太华寺)

Taihua Temple gained its name for it is located on Taihua Hill. Originally built in the Yuan Dynasty (1206 - 1368), the temple is the oldest one in Western Hills. Daxiong Baodian Hall, Piaomiao Pavilion, Sizhao Hall are in the temple. The temple is famous for the beautiful rare flowers on the grounds. It is also a good place to watch the grand spectacle of the rising sun.

Sanqing Pavillion(三清阁)

Sanqing Pavilion is built on the cliff at Luohan Hill. Being over 300 meters (approximately 984 feet) above Dianchi Lake, the pavilion looks like a 'castle in the air'. This temple has a Taoist influence, and 'Sanqing' in Taoism refers to the loftiest stature. The pavilion is a good place where you can not only visit the temples, but also enjoy a panoramic view of Dianchi Lake.

Dragon Gate(龙门)

There is a saying - 'If you do not visit Western Hills, you haven't visited Kunming; if you do not come to Dragon Gate, you haven't been to Western Hills.' Being the outstanding scenic place in Western Hills, Dragon Gate is a big exquisite stone carved edifice. The stone paths, stone rooms, stone grottos, and stone Buddhist figures are all carved with excellent craftsmanship on a large natural rock. Like Sanqing Pavilion, Dragon Gate was also built on cliff. You can stand on the edge of the cliff holding the railing, looking downward to experience the steepness of the hill and enjoy the spectacle of Dianchi Lake.

Distances from Other Scenic Area in Kunming:

• Yunnan University:about11.8 kimometers

Haigeng Park: about 5 kilometers

Green Lake Park: about 11.3 kilometers

‣‣‣ Kunming Travel Guide

‣‣‣ Tours Including the Western Hills

 1 Day Kunming Highlights Tour to Dianchi Lake Area

Admission Fee:¥40

Opening Hours:8:00~18:30

Attraction Transportation:

Take cable cars from Yunnan Ethnic Village to the Gragon Gate. One way ticket is CNY 35 per person.

Take bus No.6 in Liangjiahe Station during 6:30 to 19:00. The frequency is 8 minutes.

Take bus No.5 in Juhuacun Station and then change bus No.51 during 7:00 to 17:30. The frequency is 30 minutes.

Take a tourist bus in Central Art Theatre during 8:00 to 16:30. The frequency is 30 minutes.



Attraction Travel Tips:

The Meaning of Sanqing & Daoism
Sanqingjing means the fairyland of the three top immortals in Daoism. Daoism is an indigenous religion of China, originated at the end of Eastern Han dynasty(200 year BC, focus on the creation of harmonious relationship of man and nature, be featured by immortality belief.The pure fairyland stands for the pure mind from naturalness. Naturalness is the basic philosophical idea of Daoism. It refers to a natural state of being, which is an attitude of following the way of nature. It emphasizes that everything has its own way of being and development. What human beings should do is to regard themselves as a part of nature and follow the natural law of life. Not to change the natural law is  the best way to live.

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