Mount Heng
衡山
Mount Heng
Highest point
Elevation1,300.2 m (4,266 ft)
Prominence1,300.2 m (4,266 ft)
Geography
Mount Heng
Mount Heng
Location in Hunan
CountryChina
ProvinceHunan
Parent rangeHengshan Mountains
Geology
Type of rockGranite
Mount Heng
"Mount Heng" in Chinese characters
Chinese衡山
Grand Temple of Mount Heng
Grand Temple of Mount Heng

Hengshan (also known as Mount Heng) (Chinese: 衡山; pinyin: Héng Shān), is a mountain in southcentral China's Hunan Province known as the southern mountain (Chinese: 南岳; pinyin: Nányuè) of the Five Great Mountains of China. Heng Shan is a mountain range 150 kilometres (93 mi) long with 72 peaks[1] and lies at 27°18′6″N 112°41′5″E / 27.30167°N 112.68472°E / 27.30167; 112.68472Coordinates: 27°18′6″N 112°41′5″E / 27.30167°N 112.68472°E / 27.30167; 112.68472. The Huiyan Peak is the south end of the peaks, Yuelu Mountain in Changsha City is the north end, and the Zhurong Peak is the highest at 1,300 metres (4,300 ft) above sea level.

At the foot of the mountain stands the largest temple in southern China, the Grand Temple of Mount Heng (Nanyue Damiao), which is the largest group of ancient buildings in Hunan Province.

Other notable sites in the area include the Zhusheng Si Temple, an 8th-century Buddhist monastery and Zhurong Gong, a small stone temple.

Climate

Climate data for Hengshan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 3
(38)
5
(41)
11
(52)
16
(60)
18
(65)
22
(72)
25
(77)
24
(76)
21
(70)
16
(60)
11
(52)
7
(45)
15
(59)
Average low °C (°F) −3
(27)
−1
(30)
4
(39)
8
(47)
12
(54)
17
(63)
19
(67)
19
(66)
16
(60)
10
(50)
5
(41)
0
(32)
9
(48)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 48
(1.9)
84
(3.3)
170
(6.8)
210
(8.3)
200
(7.8)
190
(7.6)
250
(10.0)
250
(10.0)
150
(5.8)
170
(6.5)
110
(4.3)
43
(1.7)
1,870
(73.8)
Source: Weatherbase[2]

References

  1. ^ The encyclopedia of Taoism, Volume 1 By Fabrizio Pregadio
  2. ^ "Historical Weather for Hengshan, China". Weatherbase. 2011.

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