Wuzhi Mountain, Shuiman Country, Wuzhishan, China  

The center of Hainan Island is mountainous with a range that extends southwards in contrast to the relatively lower lying northern regions. The Wuzhi Mountain, located in Wuzhishan City, is the highest peak, with an altitude of 1,867m. In fact this mountain is 343m higher than Mt.Tai, long regarded as the premier peak of China’s five most famous mountains.

Wuzhi Mountain is the symbol of the island. The region has been listed by the International Tourism Organization in recognition of its supreme natural scenery which comprises one of the few natural rain forests surviving in the world today.

Wuzhi means five fingers in Chinese and the mountain owes its name to its formation. The overall shape extends like the five digits of a hand. Tradition has it that this is the hand of Sakyamuni and that the legendary Monkey King cannot escape from its control.

Epic China Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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