Located in an east suburb of Fuzhou City and on the north bank of the Minjiang River, Mountain Gushan Scenic Area is 17 kilometers from the city proper. It got its name for a large rock on top of the hill which is said to give reverberations like the beating of drums during storms.
The main peak has an elevation of 969 meters. The scenic area consists of five attractions, namely Mountain Gushan, Gulin, Shanxi Stream, Moxi Stream and Phoenix Pool Cloud Cave.
Since the Song Dynasty, Mountain Gushan has been a famous scenic area, which is one of the top 10 scenic areas in Fujian Province. Famous personalities in the past dynasties have left more than 700 carved stones on the cliff, comprising a peculiar long corridor of calligraphy and art. Yongquan Temple on Gushan Mountain is 1,000 years old, has a complex of magnificent halls and towers, known as “The Mecca of Buddhism” and “The Best Buddhist Monastery in Fujian” frequented by large numbers of worshipers.