云山,湘西南名山,位于武岡市城南5公里處,最高峰海拔1372.5米,年平均氣溫15℃。1992年9月經原國家林業部批準建立國家級森林公園。
   云山是一座歷史悠久的名山,為全國第六十九福地,亦稱“楚南勝地”。遠在隋唐間,便有佛教傳播,宋、明最盛,形成以勝力寺為中心的寺庵建筑群,寺僧曾達500人眾,現保存有14尊石砌僧塔,50多塊銘文碑刻,三處摩崖石刻及5公里的青石板“秦人古道”。
   云山風景秀麗,素為旅游勝地,古今名人題詠甚多;宋高宗載趙構感嘆曰“云山七十一峰,煙云變幻”,明代禮部主事潘應星曾題“仙橋橫漢”、“崖前簾水”等十景,并流傳許多美麗動人的傳說。原國家領導人華國鋒亦題為“楚南勝境”。
   云山動植物資源豐富,有植被面積3118公頃,其中原始次生闊葉林200多公頃,是50多種植物模式標本的產區。1921年奧地利著名植物學家韓馬迪曾于此發現80多個植物新種,其中20余種以云山名之。現初步查明,有植物203科,1518種;動物66科,211種,且有10余種珍稀動植物列入國家一級保護。
云山,以山奇、水秀、林幽、云幻著稱,為旅游、朝佛、休閑度假、科研教學的理想場所,屬城郊型森林公園。
 
Brief Introductions of the State Forest Park of Yun Mountain
        Yun Mountain, a famous mountain in southern west of Hunan province, is situated in the southern suburb of Wugang City, which is five kilometers away from the urban district. It is 1372.5 meters high above sea level and its average temperature is 15℃. In 1992.9, Yun Mountain was authorized as a state forest park by the former state Ministry of Forestry. 
        As a blessed place with long history, Yun Mountain is regarded as a wonderland in Hunan province. Buddhism has got spread here since Sui and Tang Dynasty and got prosperous till Song and Ming Dynasty. As the development of Buddhism, there formed a series of temples centering on Shengli Temple and the number of the monks lived there once had got to 500. As time passed by, there remain 14 rock-made pagodas, more than 50 posies carved on the stone, three on-cliff stone inscriptions and five-kilometer-long Ancient Path(Qing Ren Gudao) that was made of bluestones.
        Beautiful sceneries and many classic lines made Yun Mountain a famous scenic spot for tourists. Many beautiful moving stories about it have been handed down till now. 71 peaks together with the changing clouds had once made the emperor Zhao Gou in Song Dynasty quite astonished, Pan Yingxing, the person in charge of Ministry of Rites in Ming Dynasty once had titled ten famous scenic spots here, such as Dongmen Yuying (Silhouette on the Cliff), Xianqiao Heng Han (Huge Rock like an Arch Bridge Soaring up to the Sky) and so on. Hua Guofeng the former state leader had also titled Yun Mountain as “Chu Nan Shengjing (Wonderland in Hunan Province)”.
        Yun Mountain is affluent in sources of animals and plants with the vegetation area of 3118 hectares. Of which, the primitive secondary broadleaf forest occupies the area of 200 hectares, functioning as the productive district of more than 50 sample plants. Austrian gardener Hanmody explored Yun Mountain and found more than 80 new plant species in 1921, among which twenty were named after Yun Mountain. Now after rough investigation, we’ve found that there are altogether 1518 plant species in its 203 plant families and 211 animal species in its 66 animal families, among which, more than ten rare species are on the list of state-first-level protected plants and animals.
        Being famous for perilous peaks, fresh water, tranquil woods and changing clouds, Yun Mountain is acknowledged as a typical forest park in the suburb.. it is regarded as an ideal place not only for tourism but also for people to spend their holidays, to make a pilgrimage to worship Buddha and to do scientific research. It is a true wonderland. 
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