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Jizu Mountain Pilgrimage Festival in Binchuan County,Dali

Jizu Mountain Pilgrimage Festival(鸡足山朝山会) in Binchuan County,Dali

Jizu Mountain is located in northwest corner of Binchuan County, on the east of Dali and Eryuan, on the south of Heqing. It extends 7km from east to west, 6km from south to north and covers an area of 2822 hectare. Jizu Mountain got its name “Jizu” (Chicken foot) as its shape is just like a chicken’s foot, with its peak pointing westward and its lower part southeastward. Its highest peak (Golden Top) is 3248m. And there are altogether 40 rare hills, 13 perilous peaks, 34 cliffs, 45 deep and quiet caves, hundreds of springs and ponds and innumerous ranges and valleys in Jizu Mountain. There scatter many ancient buildings of temples here and there in the valleys or in the forests.

Mt. Jizu ( Chicken Foot Mountain ) is a famous Buddhist mountain in Southeast Asia. During the first two weeks of the Chinese New Year, Bai locals will climb up Mt. Jizu to worship the Gods and express their good wishes for the coming year. In their thousands, they pray, make offerings of food and wine, sing and dance. At different temples on their route, people make New Year resolutions or give thanks for the successful outcomes of their previous requests.

The Chicken Foot Mountain is the famous mountain of Buddhism, from 1st to 15th of January of Chinese calendar every year is the Visiting Mountain Meeting. While the people of each nationality all go to the Chao Mountain, beg the country and people are peaceful and enjoy the landscape of the Chicken Foot Mountain, people should reach every temple, in the period of visiting the mountain, there are so many visitors and believers, the songs and jokes are everywhere, it is very noisy, people all go to the Jin Top of Chicken Foot Mountain to watch the sunrise, particularly in the morning of January 15th of Chinese calendar, there are more people to watch the sunrise.

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