Wanshi Botanical Garden is a tourist attraction full of grotesque
rocks, rare trees and flowers, and mountain springs. The lifelike
scenes, such as Elephant Trunk, Camel Rock and Laughing Rock,
together with over 4,000 rare plants, make Wanshi Botanical Garden a
well-known tourist resort.
Fantian Monastery located below the main peak of the Wheels
Mountain. It was initially build in 581 A.D of Sui Dynasty named
"Xingjiao Monastery", later renamed "fatian (brahma) monastery", but
it was almost ruined in the Republic of China Period, in the latest
years the grand fantian (brahma) monastery has been rebuilt.
Sunrise on Hongji Summit
Hongji Mountain is the highest mountain on Xiamen Island, with its
summit Yunding Rock (Cloud Top Rock) of 339.6 meters height above
sea level. From the summit you can get a bird's-eye-view of the
whole Xiamen, as well as the islands to the east. Yunding Rock is
better known in Xiamen than Hongji Mountain, so people usually call
this spot as Watching Sunrise on Yunding Rock.
Five Old Gentlemen Peaks
Behind Nanputuo Temple, inscribed on the wall of a rock is a large
word "Buddha" which is 4.66 metres in height and 3.33 metres in
width. And farther behind, high up on the mountain stands a screen
of five peaks coloured by green trees and bamboos and marked by
serene valleys and rocks of pleasing shapes. They are called "Five
Old Gentlemen Reaching the Clouds", and are one of the eight grand
sights of Xiamen.
One can climb up Taiping Rock from the stone path in front of Wanshi
Botanical Garden. Here is characterized by craggy stones, hidden
caves, quiet and beautiful woods and gurgling streams. In recent
years, new temples haven been built here were according to but
surpassing their initial appearance. Visitors can have a rest and
taste tea in a tearoom there. Close to the temple are a pile of huge
rocks overlaying each other to form a mouth that is laughing with
delight. People gave it the name "Taiping Laughing Stone".