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The Western Mountains (Xi Shan), which rise to over 2300m/7500ft, lie along the west shore of Lake Dian, about 15km/9miles from Kunming, from where they can be reached by bus. Between the highest summit, Taihuashan, and the lake there is a difference in altitude of 470m/1542ft. Hidden away in the mountain valleys are several Buddhist and Taoist temples such as Huating Temple and Taihua Temple. The best way to reach the top of the mountain is by taking the cable car which first crosses over the lake before ascending the hill. From here you can then take a chair-lift to the Dragon Gate - a group of grottoes, sculptures, corridors and pavilions built between 1781 and 1835 by a Taoist monk.

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  • Written Nov 6, 2008
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