Nestling in the southwest of the Shanghai Sheshan National Tourist Resort, Tianma Mountain awaits, standing as the crown jewel among its nine peaks.
This hidden gem, tucked away in the Songjiang district of East China's Shanghai province, beckons travelers with the promise of cultural richness and a tranquil retreat into nature.
The entrance of Tianma Mountain is hidden amid lush greenery. [Photo/WeChat account: sheshanlvyoutopnews]
Once known as Ganshan Mountain, Tianma Mountain whispers tales from the ancient Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC). There Gan Jiang and his wife Mo Ye, the most talented swordsmiths of their time, forged a fine sword on its sacred grounds for their king.
As you explore Tianma Mountain, discover the enchanting Three Scholars' Tomb, which houses the final resting places of distinguished poets and scholars from the Yuan (1271-1368) and Ming (1368-1644) dynasties: Yang Weizhen, Lu Juren and Qian Weishan.
The three tombs are adjacent to each other – to the south is Yang's tomb, about 2 zhang (6.66 meters) to the west is Lu's tomb and about 1 zhang (3.33 m) to the northwest of Lu's tomb is Qian's tomb.
A corner of the Three Scholars' Tomb in Tianma Mountain. [Photo/WeChat account: sheshanlvyoutopnews]
Escape the urban hustle and bustle as Tianma Mountain invites you to wander along its bamboo-lined paths. Here, temple bells create a harmonious symphony of sound.
As the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) poet Yan Duo wrote about the Nine Peaks, feel the allure of "a winding path along the river with green moss and white rocks. At sunset, only the sound of birds and few people in the mountain". Such an experience transports the visitor to an era of simplicity and natural beauty.
Adding to the mountain's allure is the Huzhu Pagoda, a structure built over 900 years ago. This pagoda, boasting seven layers and eight sides, leans at a remarkable 6.5 degrees, surpassing the Leaning Tower of Pisa by 1 degree. It stands as a rare and culturally significant ancient architectural marvel in Shanghai.
The breathtaking Huzhu Pagoda captivates countless visitors who come to witness its grandeur. [Photo/WeChat account: sheshanlvyoutopnews]
Whether you're a history fan or a nature lover, Tianma Mountain promises a memorable and enriching experience. Embark on a journey to this hidden sanctuary, immersing yourself in the timeless charm that defines this remarkable destination!