Qianling Park situated on Qianling Hill 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) from the center of Guiyang City, it covers an area of 426 hectares (1052.7 acres). First built in 1957, it is a uniquely large park in the city proper and a 4A National Tourist Attraction. The name was derived from the Qianling Mountain that lies in the park, which is the most famous mountain in southern Guizhou. As one of the noted gardens on the Guizhou plateau, it boasts clear waters, green mountains, tranquil forests and old temples. There are eight predominant scenic locations: Sanlingwan, Macaque Garden, Hongfu Temple, Kylin Cave, the Zoo, Qianling Lake, Two-Dam Wind-Rain Bridge, and the Winding Mountain Path.
Jiaxiu park was named for the Qianling Mountain, which is the most famous mountain in southern Guizhou. As one of the noted attractions on the Guizhou plateau, it boasts clear water, green mountains, tranquil forests and old temples. Inside the park, trees verdantly grow and streams gurgle down into the valley. There is a "holy fountain" up the mountain whose water is so clean that local people consider it coming from the heaven. The flowing steams from the fountain and the mist surrounding the forest make it one of the greatest eight scenic spots in Guiyang. The lake of Qiangling lies at the foot of the mountain like a green pearl. Trees and pavilions are seen around the lake, which constitutes a peaceful and elegant atmosphere for the visitors. More than 500 energetic and enchanting macaques live in the mountain in the park and this add to the features of the park.
Jiaxiu park contains six scenic areas: Sanling Bay; Qilin Cave; the Zoo Qianling Lake; Twin Dams, and Hongfu Temple Tracing a path of steps up the mountain, you can enjoy the fresh air and birdsong, enhanced by beautiful wild flowers set in a world of green.
About 1500 kinds of trees and flowers as well as 1000 kinds of herbs have been found there in the Qianling Mountain. And there are gregarious macaques and flocks of birds too. Visitors may go up the "Nine-Winds Path" to the Hongfu Temple up the hill. This temple is one of the most famous Buddhism temples in Guizhou province, which is first built in the year 1672.
From Jiaxiu Pavilion for Watching Guiyang on the top of the mountain, you can get a bird's-eye view of the whole city. On the way to the temple, up in the sharp cliffs, stone inscriptions can be seen here and there. Among them, the most notable one is the 6.2-meter-high and 3.7-meter-wide Chinese character of "Tiger", which was written by a man called Zhao Dechang in the year 1860. Its calligraphy is skillful and unique and is of high history value.Down at the foot of the mountain, lies the mirror-like lake of Qianling.
On Jiaxiu Pavilion's bank, among the trees, stands a memorial for the martyrs who died during the war of liberation of Guizhou Province.At the foot of the mountain is the blue ripple Qianling Lake. There is a zoo in the park. The vestige of glacier of the Quaternary period can be found here. This is a multi-functional park suitable for touring. There is a Kylin Cave up the mountain, which is also one of the key cultural relic preservations in Guizhou Province. During the the War of Resistance against Japan, the patriotic generals Zhang Xueliang and Yang Hucheng were captured and imprisoned here at the cave.
The night scene of Jiaxiu tower is the most impressive. Colorfully decorated with lanterns, reflected in water, Jiaxiu tower looks so beautiful that people may feel as if they had been back to the ancient times.