Purple Gold Mountain is located on the eastern side of Nanjing in Jiangsu province, China, which is over 1,400 feet (447.1 meters) in height and nearly 8 square miles (20 square kilometers). The peaks of this mountain are often surrounded by mysterious purple and golden clouds at dawn and dusk, hence the name Purple Golden Mountains was given.
Purple Gold Mountain, better known as Bell Mountain and Jiang Mountain, is a mountain closely related to many historical events of ancient and modern China. The mountain has three peaks, each of which are closely connected with others, just like a dragon entrenched in Nanjing City.
Purple Gold Mountain is endowed with diverse species of flora and fauna to go with its verdant forest. Toutuo Peak, the main peak of Purple Gold Mountain, is over 1,400 feet (448 meters) high, while Xiaomao Peak in the east is 1,150 (350 meters) high and Tianbao peak in the west is 820 (250 meters) high.
There are more than 200 scenic sites now located in or around the mountain. On the southern slope of the mountain stands the Dr.Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum, in the west, Mingxiao Mausoleum, and in the east, Linggu Temple.
Located in or close to the hillside of Purple Gold Mountain, a dozen national research institutes and universities have been built, among which the Purple Gold Mountain Observatory on Tianbao Peak is the most famous. This observatory was the only one that available before the revolution of 1949, which has now become a comprehensive institution of astronomical research in China.
Location: In the center of Nanjing City
Admission Fee: None. For visiting the Purple Gold Mountain Observatory, ticket fees would be charged.
Opening Time: All day
Best time to visit: Suitable for visiting all year round
How to get there: Take the bus No.3, 20, 315