Following Poets’ Footsteps to Mount Lu

Mount Lu or Lushan is situated in the northern part of Jiangxi province in Central China, and is one of the most renowned mountains in the country. The oval-shaped mountains are about 25 km long and 10 km wide. Its highest point is Dahanyang Peak, reaching 1,474 m above sea level, and is one of the hundreds of steep peaks that towers above a sea of clouds that encompass the mountains for almost 200 days out of the year.

Mount Lu is known for its grandeur, steepness, and beauty, and is part of Lushan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, and a prominent tourist attraction, especially during the summer months when the weather is cooler.

The acclaimed Tang dynasty poet Li Bai’s most famous poem – Viewing the Water Fall at Mount Lu, described the awe inspiring feelings he experienced when he first saw the waterfall.



Viewing the Waterfall at Mount Lu, by Li Bai

(Translated by Burton Watson)

Sunlight streaming on Incense Stone kindles a violet smoke:
Far off I watch the waterfall plunge to the long river,
Flying waters descending straight three thousand feet,
Till I think the Milky Way has tumbled from the ninth height of Heaven.

Another famous Chinese poet, Su Shi, from the Song dynasty, also left his poem about the mysterious scenery of Mount Lu at the West Forest Temple:



Written on the Wall at West Forest Temple, by Su Shi

(Translated by Burton Watson)

From the side, a whole range; from the end, a single peak:
Far, near, high, low, no two parts alike.
Why can’t I tell the true shape of Lu-shan?
Because I myself am in the mountain.

Follow the footsteps of great poets before us, get inspired and discover the natural wonders of Mount Lu!