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Hot Spring Scenic Area
 

The Hot Spring of the Yellow Mountains of nationwide fame, was discovered and tapped more than a thousand years ago. Gushing forth from the foot of Purple Cloud Peak, it has never run dry during the most severe droughts nor overflooded during excessive rain. It is of a high-temperature carbonate type, with therapeutic effects for metabolic disorder, cardiovascular disease and malfunctions of digestive, nervous and motorial systems. Its clear water remains at 42ºC all the year round.

Huangshan Mountain is the watershed of the two main rivers, Yangtze River and Qiantang River. The special geographic position has cultivated the development of 36 big canyons, the sources of 36 branches. Therefore, Huangshan is also famous for its waterfalls. And some famous ones are "Inverted V Falls (Renzi Falls)", "Hundred Feet Waterfall", and Nine Dragons Waterfall".

Six hundred and thirty meters above sea level, the Hot Spring has a large tourist complex, including the Hot Spring Hotel, Taoyuan Hotel, Xuanyuan Hotel, the Hot Spring Bath, the Postal Telecommunications Building, villas and tourist shops. The scenic area straddles the Peach Blossom Brook that flows between Purple Cloud Peak and Peach Blossom Peak. Across the brook are the Purple Cloud Bridge, the Scenery Watching Bridge, the Famous Spring Bridge and the White Dragon Bridge. Scattered around are the Fish Watching Pavilion, Falls Watching Pavilion and Peach Blossom Land Pavilion. Here one can watch Hundred Feet Spring and Inverted V Falls as well as Celestial Capital Peak, Lotus Peak, Cinnabar Peak and Purple Cloud Peak. Going up along the brook, one will see such scenic spots as Roaring Lion Rock, Dragon Head Rock, Tiger Head Rock, the Red Well, Intoxicated Rock, Sword Testing Rock as well as Green Dragon Pool, White Dragon Pool, Three Folding Spring and Ringing String Spring.

Departing from the Hot Spring, travelers can take two routes for mountain sightseeing: One (Western Steps) is to ascend the imposing and steep front mountain and then descend the picturesque back mountain and then return to the Hot Spring. The other (Eastern Steps) is just to take the opposite route.

 
 
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