Weishan Mountain Scenic Area is located in Zhangqiu District, Jinan City. It is a famous scenic spot in Jinan City. The mountain is actually a hill standing alone between the mountain and the plain, covering an area of about 14,000 acres with an altitude of 205 meters. Weishan is named after the Wei Star among the 28 stars. Known as Little Mount Tai, Weishan Mountain Scenic Area has the beautiful and charming natural scenery.
History of Weishan Mountain
The Weishan Mountain has many ancient trees towering into the sky. There are many ancient monuments and clustered temples. In the past, there are many magnificent ancient buildings, which were built during the Han Dynasty and flourished during the Ming and Qing dynasties. According to the records on the monuments, the temples in the mountain were rebuilt many times during the Song, Ming and Qing dynasties.
After the outbreak of the World War Second, the ancient buildings on the mountain were almost destroyed. Only some ruined walls and monuments were remained. Discovering the historical and cultural heritages of the mountain and recreating the prosperity of the town had been wishes of the people in Jinan City for many years.
In recent years, the local government have devoted to the development and construction of Weishan Mountain continuously. With the diverted water from the mountain, many trees have been planted. In 2001, they invited the experts and scholars to redraw the overall construction plan of the mountain to make it a better scenic area.
Main attractions at Weishan Mountain Scenic Area
Weishan Mountain Scenic Area gradually restored some historical sites and added Shengjing Square, Yuanyin Temple, Yuhuang Pavilion, Han Jinan King Tomb, Shengjing Pavilion, Sixian Spring, Shengquan Pond, Shengxian Bridge, integrating leisure, sightseeing, folk customs and exhibitions together.
The Yuanyin Temple is the first dedicated dojo of Weishan Mountain. The temple is grand in scale and is named after the ancestor, the vowel Ajali. There is the Mausoleum of Liu Piguang, the emperor of Jinan in the Eastern Han Dynasty. The Terracotta Warriors of the Han Dynasty were once excavated here. The original site of Yuanyin Temple was built during the Song Dynasty. There are still some cultural relics of the temple from the Song Dynasty, such as the stone tortoises and ancient stone steles.