Huangshan, a well-known tourist mountain resort, occupies an area of 1200 square kilometers in South Anhui Province. Boasting 72 peaks, including the best known Lianhua, Tiandu, Shixin and Qingluan Peaks, Huangshan blends the grandeur of Mount Tai, the awe of Huashan Mountain and the elegance of Mount Emei. Huangshan is most noted for its four attractions unparalleled elsewhere, namely, extraordinary pines growing out of rock crevices, grotesque rocks, seas of clouds swirling around the peaks, and hot springs. The world-famous Visitor-Greeting Pine has long been known for its singular build.
Many fairy tales about this mountain spread among the local people, hiding Huangshan in mystery. For example, the tale about the origin of the name of the Qingluan Peak is one of poetic and legendary flavor. Rising 1,780 meters above sea level, the Peak bears a strong resemblance to a fabulous perching bird, as if locking fixedly at the Tiandu Peak in the distance, with its head raised slightly up, its tail drooping down and the two wings clinging to its body grown all over with trees. Hence the name Qingluan Peak, which literally means the Green Bird Peak.