Chinese name: 西山森林公园 (Xishan Senlin Gongyuan).
Location: 20 km west suburb of Kunming City, Xishan District, Kunming City, Yunnan Province.
Opening time: 08:00-17:00
Highest peak: Arhat Peak (2050 meters).
Brief introduction of Western Hill
At a distance of 15 kilometers west suburbs of Kunming, on the shore of the Dian Lake, stands a cluster of hills called “West Mountain”. West Mountain Forest Park is renowned for its rolling mountains, tranquil forest with towering trees, singing birds and clear streams, and numerous historic sites. However, as a tourist destination, it also boasts its excellent viewpoint for overlooking the Dian Lake and watching sunrise. The touching beauty of West Mountain never fails to attract any traveler who visits Kunming.
The West Mountain, called Biji Mountain in ancient time, is the general name of the Biyao Peak, Huating Peak, Taihua Peak and the Arhat Peak. It stretches at 35 kilometers from north to south. Among those peaks, the Arhat Peak is the highest one with an elevation of 2,050 meters. Looked from afar, the undulating peaks resemble a giant reclining Buddha or a supine beauty, hence the name “Sleeping Buddha Mountain” and “Sleeping Beauty”. It has the main sights of Huating Temple, Taihua Temple, Sanqing Pavilion and Dragon Gate Grotto. Going to West Hill in 3 March in Chinese lunar calendar (generally falls in late March or early April in west calendar) is a customary spring outing of Kunming people. The scenic area is well-equipped with road, river transportation and cableway. It is honored as “four-star scenic area” by the National Travel Bureau in October 2004.
October 7, 2018