Xinxing is a county in the west of Guangdong province. The area is known for its rich history and stunning scenery. Major attractions include the Pit of the Hidden Buddha (藏佛坑), a popular summer destination with unusual rock formations, streams and waterfalls. Other destinations include Shenxian Valley, Tianlu Mountain, Guo'en Temple, Baoning Pagoda and the luxury hot spring resort of Jinshuitai.
The Chanquan hot springs are themed on Chan (Chinese Zen) Buddhism. At the same time, they also incorporate western recreational culture and a philosophy of harmony between humans and nature. The hot spring offers guests their choice of high quality hot spring baths and spa facilities with a high level of privacy. The local natural scenery of creeks, streams, and bamboo groves provides visual pleasure as guests relax.
Xinxing Tianlushan Resort is located in picturesque surroundings. The forest stays green all year round and is particularly beautiful from March to May when the rhododendrons come into bloom. The resort offers a number of activities including hiking and rafting. There are also a number of wooden cottages and mountainside hot springs.
Longshan Hot Springs are located in the birthplace of Zen Buddhism near Guo'en Temple. The resort offers a number of facilities, including natural hot springs, spa treatments, accommodation, and conference suites. It is surrounded by forest and mountains and is an ideal location for a relaxing getaway.
First built in the first year of the Hongdao Reign Period, Guoen Temple has a long history and was the hometown of Huineng, the Sixth Ancestor of Chan and the place where he died. Guoen Temple, Guangxiao Temple in Guangzhou and Nanhua Temple in Shaoguan are collectively known as the three major ancestral temples of Chinese Zen. Eminent Japanese monks even called it "the earliest ancestral temple." The temple was built beside mountains, and many of its features remain as they were in the Tang Dynasty. The architectural style south of the Five Ridges was added through considerate planning. With quiet and beautiful surroundings, the temple has seen countless worshipers for thousands of years and is the best destination for pilgrimage.