Fanjingshan or Mount Fanjing, in Tongren, Guizhou Province, is the highest peak of the Wuling Mountains in Southwest China.
About 2,570 meters above the sea level, the summit has two temples atop the peaks linked by a bridge. This sacred Buddhist mountain was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018.
An island of metamorphic rock in a sea of karst, this mountain is home to many plant and animal species that originated in the Tertiary period, between 65 million and 2 million years ago, according to whc.unesco.org.
In November last year, National Geographic Traveler magazine listed it as one of the 28 most exciting destinations for 2019.
It “rewards hikers with bizarre rock formations and above-the-clouds views” and the “hiking offers an up-close look at Fanjingshan’s rich biodiversity, which includes endemic and rare species, such as the gray snub-nosed monkey,” the magazine said.