Tianmu Mountain (天目山 tiān mù shān)
Tianmu Mountain, also known as "Well-known Canopy", is a natural attraction along the golden tour route from Hangzhou to Mount Huangshan in Anhui province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
One of China's ancient mountains, Tianmu Mountain lies within the borders of Lin'an city, 84 kilometers west of Hangzhou. Part of the mountain has been preserved as the Tianmu Mountain National Nature Reserve, and is now part of UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Reaching an elevation of 1,506 meters, Tianmu Mountain has eastern and western peaks, each topped with a permanent pond. Tianmu Mountain literally means "eyes-that-face-heaven mountain," and the peaks get their name from the eye-like ponds. The mountain is notable for its canopy of large trees and treasure-trove of biodiversity. It boasts awe-inspiring sights such as rare forests of large Japanese cedars and the only wild population of ginkgo trees in the world. It is a vital habitat for rare and endangered birds.
Tianmu Mountain is also home to cultural sites that have their roots in Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. This diversity reflects the ancient Chinese concept of harmony in diversity.
The Tianmu Mountain Scenic Area features beautiful scenery, ancient towering trees, a sequestered environment, and pleasant weather.
Scenic spot level: AAAA
Ideal sightseeing season: June - September
Opening hours: 07:30 – 17:30
Ticket price: 120 yuan ($16.86)
Address: Tianmu Mountain Scenic Area, Tianmushan town, Lin'an, Hangzhou, Zhejiang province