Taihang Great Valley Scenic Area

The Taihang Great Valley lies to the south of the Taihang Mountains and to the west of Linzhou City. 50km long, 1.25 km wide and 800-1793 meters above sea level, Taihang Great Valley is typical of northern Chinese scenery featuring steep cliffs, peaks, gorges, waterfalls and springs. The most prominent scenic wonders of the Taihang Great Valley are Zituan Mountain, the Linlvshan International Gliding Base, Zhenze Palace and Wangxiangyan.

Zituan Mountain literally translates to "purple clouds coiling into masses on the mountain top." With scores of sharply rising peaks, the ethereal beauty of Zituan has inspired hundreds of verses and poems describing its scenery. Among these important sites is the Yungai Temple, a Buddhist temple of two courts featuring intricate wooden dougong structures and brick embossments. Another spiritually rich location is Zituan's Ziwei Cave, in whose labyrinths the wise Ziwei mediated. This 1,500 square meter cavern has been developed into a tourist area with several scenic spots devoted to the Heavenly Gods, the Arhats and the Eight Immortals.

With a departure point of 1,190 meters above sea level, the Linlvshan International Gliding Base is an ideal gliding sports facility. The topographical features of Linlvshan include rising air streams rushing towards the steep peaks of 700 meters along a slope gradient of 60. Ground covering expands to 16,000 square meters, allowing for up to 30 sportsmen to glide simultaneously. With a training ground and two departure grounds, Linlvshan has been commended as "the Top Gliding Base in Asia" by the IATA and has served as home for hang-gliding and wing-gliding games since 1992.

The "Temple of Two Fairy Ladies," Zhenze Palace, stands as a visage of red walls and green tiles. Covering 7,000 square meters, the palace is built along the mountainside evoking the primitive beauty of Chinese classical architecture.

Wangxiangyan fits into a tight valley with remarkable correlations to Chinese Geomantic Omen study. As such, this region has always attracted historical notables and hermits of all dynasties. Its deep valleys and harshly cut cliffs remind visitors of nature's deft artistic hand. Visitors enjoy the narrow paths that wind through to the valley bottom, taking in Wangxiangyan's abundant plant life, which includes numerous rare Chinese herbs.