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Two Temples Sit Atop This Isolated Natural Wonder, In China’s Extraordinary Wuling Mountains

The Red Clouds Golden Summit is the pinnacle of tranquility. A spire of rock rising upward from China’s Mount Fanjingshan in the WulingMountains, it soars above the clouds.

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Two temples sit atop this isolated natural wonder—the Temple of the Buddha and the Maitreya Temple. Buddhists come here to worship and take in the natural beauty of China’s most biodiverse mountain reserve, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The peak of construction on Fanjingshan occurred during the Ming dynasty, when nearly 50 Buddhist temples were constructed as destinations for the devout pilgrims who made the journey to visit the sacred area.

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Perched 2,336 meters (7,664 feet) above sea level, sits the Temple of Buddha and Maitreya Temple.It takes about four hours to hike the nearly 9,000 steps to the temples, though there are rest stops with snacks along the way.