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Jiangsu Da Yangshan National Forest Park is located in the west of the ancient city of Suzhou, with the boundless Taihu Lake to its west and Suzhou downtown area to its east for 16 kilometers. The Park, covering an area of 1029.8 hectares with forest coverage rate of 88.64% is an urban forest theme resort in western Suzhou. DaYang Mountain stretches for more than twenty miles, and was called as "Weight of Wu County” Mountain by ancient people. Its main peak—Jian Que Peak with an altitude of 338.2 meters high, is the second highest peak in Suzhou. The Mountain with its continuous ranges is just like a natural barrier, guarding the ever Wu capital. DaYang Mountain National Forest Park has two main parts, east and south respectively as Manjusri Temple and Botanical Garden scenic areas.

East: Manjushri Temple Scenic Area covers an area of 42.45 hectares. It was opened to the public in April 2004 mainly for the purpose of climbing & walking, as well as sports & recreation. Manjushri Temple was firstly built in the Eastern Jin Dynasty (approximately 340 AD) proposed by an eminent monk named Zhi Dun. And it was constructed against rocks, with layers of double eaves looking like wings, and ridges flying into the sky, which granted it the name of “Hanging Temple”. Till now, it has experienced a history of over 1600 years, and is the oldest temple in Yangshan Mountain, Suzhou. Meanwhile, inside the Scenic Area stand several sights with profound history, such as Ancient Path built in Ming Dynasty, Mid-Hill Pavilion, Manjusri Hall, Yuri Pavilion (Sun-bathed Pavilion), Si Fei Zhi Shuang Pavilion, Jian Que Peak, Phoenix Temple, etc.

South: Botanical Garden Scenic Area covers an area of about 111 hectares and was newly opened in October 2014. Also known as "Suzhou Botanical Garden”, it is currently the largest professional botanical garden in Suzhou. Botanical Garden of DaYang Mountain integrates science education, entertainment and many other elements into its ecological nature. With " Calamus River" as the main axis, it is naturally divided into two blocks relatively in north and south areas. The northern part focuses on scientific, community and cultural characteristics of the plant, which contains Garden of Fruits and Science Museum, while the southern part is featured with plant diversity. It now boasts more than 320 species of vegetation and over 13,000 trees, among which rare and endangered plants are displayed, such as yew, huanghua pear and Japanese podocarpus marcophyllus, etc. It consists core areas like the Bonsai Garden, Exhibition Greenhouses, Yangyang Ranch and "Lin Quan Li" (Inside Forests and Springs) ecological water Street which combines multi-functional businesses like homestay, dining, entertainment, leisure and and so on. Botanical Garden of DaYang Mountain is a large botanical garden focusing on the coexistence of landscape and ecological recreation, community service and tour packages.