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The Western Hills is a forested and lovely park that is perfect for hiking…

The Western Hills is about 15km from Kunming city and is a range of four mountains stretching over 40 kilometers. It is located on the edge of Dianchi Lake in the western suburbs of Kunming with an altitude of some 2,500 meters above sea level. It stretches from north to south for about 40 km. The Hills resemble a reclining maiden lying on the banks of Dianchi Lake with her long hair flowing down into the lake. As a result, the Western Hills have the nickname of the "A Sleeping Beauty Hills". Western Hills contains the best scenery, and thus it is no surprise that numerous temples have been constructed here over the centuries. The Western Hills is a forested and lovely park that is perfect for hiking. Some of the major sites include Huating Temple (Huating Si), an ancient Buddhist temple that was originally a retreat for the local ruler; Taihua Temple (Taihua Si), with its charming orchard courtyard; Sanqing Pavilion (Sanqingge), a Taoist temple dedicated to that religion's three major deities; and Dragon Gate (Longmen), a collection of Taoist caves and sculptures…

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