Jinyun Mountain in Beibei District, Chongqing, is by the western coast of Wentang Gorge, one of the Lesser Three Gorges along Jialing River, and was once called the Ba Mountain. The region is under the humid subtropical monsoon climate with an annual average temperature of 13.6℃.
Jinyun Mountain, magnificently towering along the Wentang Gorge, is an anticline mountain created by the “Yan Mountain Movement” 70 million years ago. Cloud curls among the mountain, majestic, dense, and ever-changing. No one can tell whether it is fog or smoke. The cloud glows both at dawn and at dusk, rich in colors and lights. In ancient China, people call the “more red less white” cloud “jin”, and that is why the mountain is called “Jinyun Mountain” (“yun” means clouds).
Jinyun Mountain, together with the Lesser Three Gorges and Hechuan Fishing Fortress, are identified as the National Scenic Areas. Jinyun Mountain covers 76 square kilometers with an altitude of 350-951 meters. The view is delightful, and the mountain is abundant in plants. There is a famous saying goes that “In the North we have Jinyun Mountain, and in the South we have Stalagmites.”
Starting from the North to the South, there are Mount Chaori, Mount Xianglu, Mount Lion, Mount Juyun, Mount Yuanxiao, Mount Lotus, Mount Baota, Mount Yujian and Mount Xizhao. 9 mountains link one another. There are tourism spots including Foguang Rock, Xiangsi Rock, Sheshen Cliff, Dai Lake, White Cloud and Sea of Bamboos, etc. Jinyun Mountain is also rich in humanity resources, including 8 ancient temples namely Jinyun, Wenquan, Baiyun, Shaolong, Fuxing, and Shihua, and historic sites such as Stone Screen Wall of Late Tang Dynasty, Memorial Archway of Ming Dynasty, Stone Carvings of Song Dynasty, etc.