Phoenix Mountain

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Phoenix Mountain (Chinese: Fenghuangshan, 凤凰山) is a mountain located on the edge of West Lake in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province in eastern China. It is connected with a string of hills called Wushan and is the highest point within the city.[1]

According to Chinese legend, the mountain is the earthly remains of a mythical golden phoenix who, along with a jade dragon, had created a beautiful pearl which was subsequently stolen from them by the henchman of a queen goddess. In their attempt to rescue the pearl from the jealous queen, the pair cause the pearl to drop from heaven and turn into West Lake. The phoenix and dragon decide to remain beside it forever by becoming mountains.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lee, Hui-shu (1994). The Domain of Empress Yang (1162-1233): Art, Gender and Politics at the Southern Song Court (Ph.D.). Yale University. p. 24. OCLC 34188047. 
  2. ^ Frank Chin (1998). Bulletproof Buddhists and Other Essays. University of Hawaii. pp. 401–402. ISBN 978-0-8248-1959-0. 

Coordinates: 30°13′N 120°09′E / 30.22°N 120.15°E / 30.22; 120.15