Taihang Mountain, Marvelous T'ai-hsing Range

By Rosie Wu

Taihang Mountain, also called T’ai-hsing Range,  mountain range of northern China, stretching some 250 miles (400 km) from north to south and forming the boundary between Shanxi and Hebei provinces and has an average elevation of 1,500 to 2,000 meters.

The Taihang Mountains have historically formed an obstacle to movement between Shanxi and Hebei, and the phrase “the road over Taihang” has long been a poetic metaphor for the frustrations of life. The principal routes across the mountains were the so-called “eight passes of the Taihang”.

 

What to see

 

Taihang Mountain is magnificent and comes down in one continuous line with the history of China. Shanxi province, as one of the sources of China civilization, owns the gold area of Taihang Mountain. The mountains here are covered by green trees with green lakes. It is a valuable land with a good geomantic omen, an inspiring place producing outstanding people and a treasure producing good products.

 

People in this region have lived and multiplied here from the Yin and Shang Dynasties. Residential buildings generally use local materials: stone streets, stone yards, stone walls, stone columns, stone stairs and stone buildings, which become one with nature. It is having an old-fashioned and antique flavor and cause people to think.

 

There are three wonders: Peach blossom Valley where peach blossom in frigid or bitter cold days, Taiji Mountain where water are frozen in the dog days and picturesque cragged peaks with fleecy white clouds hovering round their summits. There are also eight scenic spots: the soul of Taihang Mountain-Wangxiang Rock, deep pool and seclude valley-Xianxia Valley, Jinpu dragon cave-Xaiodongtian, primitive virgin forest-Tianhang Mountain, Mist wreathed Xiantai Mountain, prodigious skilled Luban Door, the greatest attraction Peach Blossom Waterfall, Nangu Cave of Taihang Plat Lake. Besides, the first-grade Linlvshan International Gliding Base is located 10 km west of Linzhou City, Henan Province in the south part of Taihang Range which is also the No.1 gliding base in Asia.

 

When to see

 

Being at a high altitude, Shanxi Province has a cold and dry climate. The province is also frequently plagued by sandstorms, especially in the spring, so it is often useful to bring along both sunglasses and a hat when visiting. Generally speaking, the province’s climate is the best between May and October.