Photos show the gorgeous summer scenery of Wudang Mountain, in the northwest of Hubei province, perhaps the best known of China's Taoist holy mountains.
It was listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1994.
The mountain has several main tourist attractions, covering an area of 300 square kilometers. From afar, the scenery resembles a beautiful, traditional Chinese landscape painting.
Wudang Mountain is famous for its perfect combination of natural and cultural scenery. It is also renowned for its magnificent ancient buildings, profound traditional Taoist culture and Wudang kungfu.
Wudang Mountain is beautiful all year round. In spring, the area is filled with flowers; in summer, the mist envelops; in autumn, oranges turn yellow and the smell of sweet-scented osmanthus fills the air; in winter, heavy snow covers the mountain like a white blanket.
If you go: Mount Wudang is located in Shiyan, Hubei province. Visitors can depart from Wuhan, the provincial capital. The bus from Wuhan to the mountain takes about six hours, while the train takes about five hours. From affordable hostels to high-end hotels, the Wudang area offers scores of boarding options. If you wish to sleep over at a Taoist convent on the mountain, ask the resident monks. (hubei.gov.cn by Ruan Xinqi)