Longyuwan National Forest Park

Longyuwan, the "Swimming Pool of Dragons," was the legendary bathing place of these mythic creatures. Today, locals still point to their "claw marks" on the pool's banks.

The Longyuwan National Forest Park features several mountain peaks said to compete for prominence. Their leader is the 2,212.5-meter tall Jijiaojian ("cockscomb") Peak, which resembles a horned rooster. Other peaks include Longmao ("dragon wearing a hat"), Jiangjunyan ("general"), and the steep peaks of Hongshiqiang and Heshibi that appear to have been chopped out of the mountain by a mighty axe. The high rising Yuzhu Peak and Yinzhuyan Peak protrude like sharp daggers into the heavens. And the isolated Front Gushan Hill and the Back Gushan Peak rise abruptly out of the ground.

In contrast, 20 deep valleys hide quietly in Longyuwan. Among them are the Hongdong Valley, the Heilong Valley and the Qingshi Valley. From their poignant depths, visitors look to the sky and find themselves lost under a sea of clouds. Meanwhile those peering into these valleys are struck by their uncommon depth and narrowness. Scattered along the gullies, odd stones stand out to compose a museum of naturally formed statues, including the flat table-like "Fishing Platform" and Luanniao Guan Yu, a stone bird perched over darting river fish. Trekking to the far end of the pine forest, visitors find a stone figure seated in a traditional pose, appropriately called "the Buddha Sitting in Mediation.

Running through the mountains of Longyuwan, the Hongluo River features several extraordinary ponds and waterfalls. Perhaps most famous are the bow-shaped Baima ("White Horse") Pond and the three-staged Heilong ("Black Dragon") Pond. Meanwhile the night sky is honored with the Yueya ("Crescent Moon") Pond and the Xingguang ("Starlight") Pond. Most of the Hongluo's ponds are attached to waterfalls including the Gushan Waterfall and the Baishuizhuang Waterfall. Visitors from the world over are enchanted by the yin and yang of the Park's ponds and waterfalls.

Located in a transition belt from semi-tropical and temperate climate zone, Longyuwan National Forest Park is home to over 400 animal species and is laurelled as the "Kingdom of Wild Animals." Among its many inhabitants, 48 are under national protection. Botanically, the Park contains over 1,900 types of plants, 42 of which are also protected, and include the more than 20 categories of rare mountain dainties and 50 kinds of wild fruit.