This is the most popular park in Changsha. It is quite big and is the site of a thousand year old academy that is famous in Chinese history.
When you reach the foot of the mountain, you come to a large visitor gate that is the public car park. You can take a shuttle bus to the top of the mountain and walk down.
Yuelu Mountain 嶽麓山
Mount Yuelu is located on the west bank of the Xiang River in Changsha, Hunan. Its main peak and the highest point, Yunlu Peak, is about 300.8-metre (987 ft) above the sea level.
Changsha Campaigns Monument 長沙會戰碑
The monument was built to commemorate the success of the Sep 1939 First Battle of Changsha against the Japanese. It was set up in Jul 1941, when the 9th War Zone had defeated the Japanese invasions of Changsha three times consecutively. Then in 19 Jun 1944, they lost to the Japanese and surrendered the city to the Japanese.
As you walk down the mountain you will come to a cave that once served as the Command Post of the 9th War Zone, led by Commander Xue Yue 薛岳. He was regarded as the “China’s Patton” after the legendary General Patton. He led his commands to many victories, including the first three campaigns of Changsha. He was moved to another command later. He retreated to Taiwan with the Nationalist Government of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek and never returned to the mainland.
Clear Breeze Spring 清風泉 is one of numerous natural springs that can be found on Mt Yuelu.
Yunlu Palace (Taoist) 雲麓宮
Yunlu Palace is a Taoist temple located on the south side of Yuelu Mountain, in Yuelu District of Changsha, Hunan, China. It was originally built in 1478, but because of war has been rebuilt numerous times since then, with the last major one done in 1976.
Lushan Temple (Buddhist) 麓山寺
Lushan Temple was originally built during the Western Jin Dynasty era about 1,700 year ago. It was thought of as one of the most sacred temples of Hunan.
Lushan Temple is located on the side of the mountain. It was built in A.D.268 and later destroyed and rebuilt several times, most recent being during the Japanese invasion in 1944. It was last rebuilt in 1985 by the Buddhist Association of Changsha, and expanded between 1997 to 2002 under the supervision fo the current abbot Venerable Sheng Hui.
In front of the Guanyin Hall, there’s a sacred fig 菩提樹 that has seen the fortunes of the temple over six dynasties.
Autumn-admiring Pavilion 愛晚亭
The Autumn-admiring Pavilion is regard as one of the four famous pavilions of China, the other three being Hangzhou’s Mid Lake Pavilion, Beijing’s Leisure Pavilion and Chuzhou Anhui’s Drunkard Pavilion. The original pavilion was built in 1792 by Luo Dian, Principal of Yuelu Academy. Firstly, it was named the “Crimson Maple Pavilion“. It was later renamed to Autumn-admiring Pavilion by the scholar Bi Hang. The original pavilion was destroyed by invading Japanese soldiers during the Sino-Japanese war.
It was rebuilt in 1952 and the red plaque with the cursive calligraphy of the name was written by Mao. Inside the pavilion is a plaque with Mao’s poem.
Date Visited : Feb 2014