Introducing Jīzú Shān
Packed with temples and pagodas, this mountain (Chicken-Foot Mountain; admission Y60), is a major attraction for Buddhist pilgrims – both Chinese and Tibetan.
At the time of the Qing dynasty there were approximately 100 temples on the mountain and somewhere in the vicinity of 5000 resident monks. The Cultural Revolution’s anarchic assault on the traditional past did away with much that was of interest on the mountain, although renovation work on the temples has been going on since 1979.
Today, it’s estimated more than 150, 000 tourists and pilgrims clamber up the mountain every year to watch the sun rise. Jīndǐng, the Golden Summit, is at a cool 3240m so make sure to bring warm clothing.