Hengshan is one of China's five great mountains. It is located in Hunan Province's Hengyang City. At an altitude of 1,300 meters and because of the good climatic conditions, the mountain is verdant and thick with greenery. The natural scenery is breathtakingly gorgeous. As a result, it is known by the beautiful moniker of "the Great Southern Mountain." The Hengshan Mountains have a total of 72 peaks including Changsha's Yuelu Mountain and Hengyang's Huiyan Peak. Hengshan—the Great Southern Mountain—also holds many places of interest as well as myths and legends, which have formed a rich and colorful culture. It is like a giant park or garden harmoniously merging humanistic culture with beautiful landscape.
Located in Hengyang, Hunan Province, the Mount Heng Scenic Area includes the major attractions of Mount Heng and the Grand Temple of Mount Heng. The vegetation here is green and lush throughout the year, and there is a feeling of tranquility all around. Many temples dot the area, adding a pious tone to Mount Heng. The Grand Temple of Mount Heng at the foot of the mountain is an enormous group of ancient buildings in a palace style. It hosts a grand temple fair every year.
The Grand Temple of Mount Heng is located at the foot of Mount Heng. It has an expansive, palace-style layout. The main hall is dedicated to Zhurong, the Chinese god of fire. Zhurong is believed to have held the governmental office of Minister of Fire under the Yellow Emperor, and was also in charge of southern affairs. He was given the title “Divine Emperor of Mount Heng.” The square in front of the temple is used for traditional performances and burning incense. According to legend, Zhurong was always considerate to the needs of his subjects. Due to his popularity, the temple is always full of incense offerings.
Zhu Rong Peak is located in the Hengshan Mountains. It is named after the god of fire. Climbing to the top of Zhu Rong Peak, visitors can marvel at the sight of rolling mountains and lush jungles below them. Standing atop the gigantic stones at the summit of Zhu Rong Peak is Zhu Rong Temple. Zhu Rong Temple has solid granite walls and a roof covered with iron tiles. Behind the temple is a platform, upon which stands a towering rock. Clearly visible Chinese inscriptions have been carved into the rock. Next to the Sunrise Watching Platform there is a stone stele inscribed with the four characters "观日出处" meaning "to view the sunrise.” It is a great place for visitors to come to watch the dawn.
Huaguo Mountain Scenic Area is located in the Xiyou Dongtian Scenic Area in Baiguo Town, Hengshan County. It has several typical Danxia caves. The scenic area combines myths and legends to recreate Journey to the West written by Wu Cheng'en, and reproduces wonderful set pieces from the book. The scenic area is composed of Huaguoshan stone carvings and beautiful monkey rocks making it an ideal place for reminiscing about one's childhood.