Dinghu Shan (Pot Lake Hill)

    Located 18km (11 miles) northeast of Zhaoqing, Dinghu Shan is a range of heavily forested mountains reaching up to 1,000 meters (3,280ft) in height.
    The whole mountain range has been designated an area of special interest by the UN and there are at least 17,000 types of plants growing in this area. In the hills there are lakes, waterfalls, temples and pavilions. Baiyun Temple was built during the Tang dynasty (618-907) and Qingyun Temple was built during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).
    A folktale handed down through the ages says that the Yellow Emperor or Huang Di of ancient China used to cast three-legged cooking vessels on this hill eighteen kilometers northeast of Zhaoqing. The spot became a Buddhist shrine in the Tang Dynasty, is one of the four biggest temples south of the Nanling Mountains. The temple still has a huge pot capable of cooking food for more than a thousand people. The hill is a good summer resort with its towering peaks, ancient trees, abundant waterfalls and nice hotels.


Entrance fee is 50 yuan

Dinghushan is probably a beautiful place but for me it was a disappointment. After visiting Zhaoqing Seven Star Crags Park we took the bus to Dinghushan so we were a bit tired and it was late in the day. The weather was very cold and drizzly. Dinghushan is very large and you can take buses around the park... at a rate of 20 yuan a pop (USD 2.5!). We spent a small fortune riding buses to get to different places where the cold, rain and fog did not allow us to enjoy much of anything. Soon it was dark and we were just rushing to get out of the park. I'd like to return to Dinghushan with better weather but this visit was a big disappointment. In any case be ready to walk for hours on end or budget large amounts of money for bus rides.