Jiuhuashan Geopark is located in Chizhou City of the southern Anhui Province of China and characteristic of the north subtropical zone. Its area is 139.7 km2 and the highest elevation is 1,344.4 m. It was ratified as a national geopark in August, 2009 and a Chinese science popularization base of land and resources in December, 2016. It is a national natural and cultural heritage site, a national park of China and one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains in China.Jiuhuashan is famous for Buddhism, and thanks to mountain shape, Buddhism stands for a long time. The outstanding geological significance and cultural significance are as follows: the clear, magnificent and beautiful granitic composite rock body, large-scale fault-block granitic landform and unique fluid-rich granite crystal structure, which display magmatic activities from sima melting to sial melting in deep crust caused by the collision of Eurasian plate and Pacific plate, granite fault-block landform, paleoclimatic changes and north subtropical vegetation. Jiuhuashan Geopark is well-known for the integration of granite landform and Buddhist culture, and the sustainable development concept. You can enjoy more than ten scenic areas in Jiuhuashan Geopark, such as Foothill Scenic Area (including Big Bronze Statue), Jiuhua Street Scenic Area, Tiantai Scenic Area, Huatai Scenic Area, Minyuan Scenic Area, Lianfeng Sea of Clouds Scenic Area, Jiuziyan Scenic Area, Shenlonggu Scenic Area, Ganlu Temple Scenic Area, Zhuanshen Cave Scenic Area.
Huatai Scenic Area covers an area of about 10km2. It is famous for strange peaks and peculiar stones, sea of clouds, rimes and sea of flowers. It is one of the core scenic areas of Jiuhuashan Geopark and typical alpine tour area. The altitude of Zhongfeng (Big Huatai) is 1299 m. In 2014, Jiuhuashan Geopark has been awarded as “The Most Beautiful Geopark in China”. Huatai Scenic Area is the representative of this title, a good place for observing the “mountain-hill-basin” geomorphological structure in Jiuhuashan and understanding the granite landform and Jiuhuashan Fault, it is also a main area for displaying the ecological diversity and natural scenery of Jiuhuashan Geopark. The core tour route of Huatai Scenic Area is 2.5 km long, of which 1.3 km is a high-altitude gallery road. There are grotesque peaks, strange stones and pines along the way. This area is full of flowers in May every year.
The Jiuhua Street Scenic Area is the core area of Jiuhuashan Geopark and located in an intermountain basin composed of toruliform ponds featured with a paleo-cirque. It covers an area of about 4km2 and the average elevation is 650 m. This scenic area centers on Huacheng Temple, east to Chaxiao Peak, west to the Flesh Palace, south to Furong Peak, and north to the ticket entrance. Since the Ming and Qing Dynasty, it has been a famous spot attracting Buddhist believers, merchants, scholars and tourists. The styles and features of the Qing Dynasty can be enjoyed in old street shops, numerous temples and historic sites. Monks and residents harmoniously coexist. Buddhism, business, study and agriculture prosper together. The old stone roads go across the old streets and lanes, connect the temples, which depicts a wonderful and prosperous scene of Buddhist Country of Lotus Flowers. The Jiuhua Street is the best place for enjoying cultural attractions in Jiuhuashan.