Jiuhua Street Scenic Area is the tourist center of the Jiuhuashan Geopark. And other two scenic spots can be also visited here, namely, Tiantai Scenic Area and Minyuan Scenic Area.
Tiantai Scenic Area
Tiantai Scenic Area is the highest tourism area with an area of 8 km2 in Jiuhuashan Geopark. In this scenic area, Shiwang Peak is highest mountain with an altitude of 1344.4 m in Jiuhuashan, and the highest temple is Tiantai Temple with an altitude of 1248 m. The core exhibition area of the integration of geology, geomorphology and culture in Jiuhuashan is composed of three parts, namely, grotesquely-shaped rock group (Kwan-yin Stone, Roc hearing sutras Stone, Golden turtle facing the North Star, Candle Peak, etc.), temple group (Diaoqiao Temple, Kwan-yin Temple, Ancient Baijingtai, Dizang Temple, etc.) and cliff carving group.
Minyuan Scenic Area
Minyuan Scenic Area with an area of 6 km2 is a comprehensive tourist district where integrates natural landscapes with cultural landscapes. The idyllic scenery can be enjoyed: a fresh and beautiful countryside picture of villages, farming lands, hills, plant vegetation, quiet environment, cool four seasons, and fresh air. It is a good place for health, holiday and reading books. The attractions are Dragon Stream, peculiar stones, sea of bamboos, old phoenix pine, Huayan Cave and over 20 residential-styled nunneries.
Geopark, a complete geographical area where there are some geo-heritages with special geological scientific significance, rare natural properties, higher aesthetic value, historical value and cultural value, integrated with other natural and human landscape. It is a scientific garden for sightseeing and tourism, exploration and inspection, vacation and leisure, health treatment, cultural entertainment and being closer to nature. It integrates protection and utilization of geodiversity, biodiversity, cultural diversity and resource diversity. It is also a base of geoscientific study, popularization and resource protection and utilization. Its goal is to promote sustainable development by making new industry, new employment, new income for both residents and communities. By 2018, 140 UNESCO Global Geoparks have been approved in the world, of which 37 are in China. 207 National Geoparks have opened to the public in China.Jiuhuashan Geopark was ratified as a national geopark in 2009 and became a candidate for UNESCO Global Geopark in 2017.
The The Foothill Scenic Area of Jiuhuashan Geopark is located in Ke Village Basin, is a portal of geopark. The east of this scenic area is Jiuzi Peak and Lion Peak. From the low hills to Ke Village Basin, the Jiuhua River passes through the scenic area from south to north, with an area of 25 km2.The two functions of Shanqian Scenic Area are tourism service and resident social development. It is a scenic area integrating park management, tourist reception, leisure vacation, tourist transfer and geological culture exhibition. It has facilities such as Jiuhuashan tourist service center, Jiuhuashan Museum and so on, natural landscapes such as Shutan Reflecting the Moon, Jiuhua River, Jiuhua mountains and so on, abundant cultural landscape such as Ke Village Old Street, Jiuhuashan Center School, Jiuhuashan Buddhist College and so on.
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.