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Western Hill and Dragon Gate
Located at the bank of Dianchi Lake, 10 kilometers to the West of Kunming, Western Hill is well-known for its super sceneries, covered with evergreen woods and filled with sweet birds’ songs. It stretches over 40 kilometers at the altitude of between 1,900 meters to 2,350 meters above sea level, containing the splendid Huating Temple, Taihua Temple, Sanqing Pavilion and Dragon Gate.
Seen from afar, Western Hill resembles a graceful young lady reclining leisurely alongside the lake with beauty and charm; hence, it earns the nickname “Sleeping Beauty”. You can clearly distinguish her head, breast, belly and two slim long legs. Here goes a tragic folklore with the beauty, who was once one of the princesses, sneaking out of home and married to a man. The King was so angry that he broke them up and put his son-in-law to death. As a result, the princess was so sad that her tears became Dianchi Lake and her body turned into Western Hill.
Western Hill is covered with luxuriant trees, blooming flowers and serene surroundings. It has been renowned as "the beautiful place in Yunnan". However, the most eminent scenic place is the Dragon Gate, the highest temple in the Western Hill at the altitude of 2,500 meters. On the cliff, a stone archway was built at the entrance with the inscription Longmen at the top. Visitors can also enjoy a group of grottoes, sculptures, corridors and pavilions carved with excellent craftsmanship. Standing here, a panoramic view of Dianchi Lake and the entire valley will just before eyes.