Dragon Head Cliff

Dragon Head CliffDragon Head Cliff

Dragon Head Cliff (Longshou Ya) is craggy cliff in the west of Mt. Lushan.It is so named for its resemblance to a dragon perched and ready to take flight. Although the likeness may not be made by average onlooker, in the eyes of esteemed poet Li Bai in Tang Dynasty, it looked like a dragon and so the name stuck.
 
Resemblances aside, Dragon Head Cliff precipice offers an awe inspiring view out over the Jiangxi plains below. Standing at the top, one can enjoy a bird's eye view of the Tiechuan Peak and hear the surfing of wind in the pine forest mingled with roaring of the waterfalls in the Stone Gate Ravine.The natural rock platform that forms the dragon's head protrudes over the edge of the cliff which drops away several hundred meters before leveling out a sight that will probably inspire wobbly knees in even the most vertigo resistant.

This cliff has been described poetically as a dragon ready to leap into the sky. Below the cliff is a forest of grotesque rocks with extraordinary pines growing from their crevices. Standing at the top will make you feel you are about to fall. Many monks used to jump off the cliff to fulfill their aspirations to become immortals and that it is why it is called Self-Sacrifice Cliff .

Location: west of Mt.Lushan
Entrance Fee: Free

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