Your View of the World: Huangqi Mountain

You will be atop Huangqi Mountain. You will be there often if you’re new to town, and the invitations to climb the curvy road and steep steps to Dongcheng’s pinnacle will continue as you become a seasoned Dongguaner. Enthusiasm may wane, but remember this. On that first trip, blocks and blocks of buildings layed out before you just high and far enough that the city looked like a model set ready for movie magic.

Don’t worry, the invites aren’t likely to stop. And on your next trip, with this mapped view, the Godzilla of your day dreams can romp through the city with stratagem. Huangqi Mountain in all its Dongguan fame is just 189-meters tall. That’s 100 meters shorter than Nancheng’s TBA Tower, the city’s tallest building.

Click the thumbnail below for full tour of your Huangqi Mountain view.

0715_view4Qifeng Park as we know it today (It’s the name of the park not the mountain, although they are commonly confused), is a result of 2001 renovations that created the 8.5 kilometers of trails and added lighting, but it wasn’t until 2012 that many of you will recall Qifeng Park was connected with Huying Park by two bridges spanning across Cuifeng Road to create a park worthy of a leisurely bike ride or mad dash skateboarding.

Unless your neck is so soar that you can’t look up, or if you’ve been wearing a 1989 Batman costume since arriving in Dongguan, the ‘hanging’ lantern has captured your attention a few times during the day or lit up hauntingly red on humid evenings. The experience, according to legend, is not all that new. In times past, the older folks told stories of a 1,000-year-old tree that sat in that spot. It attracted, with its ancient wisdom-tree pheromones, millions of fireflies in the night.

0715_viewFrom distances in any direction around the mountain, the effect looked like a lantern. And so, the city’s ancient legend became one its most memorable landmarks.

0715_view3The mystery of China’s mountainous landscapes is draped in the mists and foliage of the humid south. And on the days that your view is veiled by fog, the park holds another ancient marker of asian culture. The Huangqi Guanyin Ancient Temple was built in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) after a women, a lovely avatar of Guanyin, the goddess of mercy said to be a personification of compassion, arrived one fateful day.

The location became instantly linked with good feng shui, to which locals attribute Dongguan’s stability and prosperity. Open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., take a look around for RMB 5. Dress appropriately.

Your view (Click to enlarge)

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