Purple Gold Mountain is located on the eastern side of Nanjing in Jiangsu province, China, which is 447.1-meter in height and 20 square kilometers in area. The peaks of this mountain are often surrounded by mysterious purple and golden clouds at dawn and dusk, hence, the name of 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 closed connected with others, just like a dragon entrenching Nanjing City. The mountain is well blended with the surroundings, which appears much magnificent and impressive. Due to its geographical advantages, Purple Gold Mountain is endowed with rich species and verdant forest. Toutuo Peak, the main peak of Purple Gold Mountain, is 448-meter high, the Xiaomao Peak in east, 350-meter high, and the Tianbao peak in west, 250-meter high.
There are more than 200 heritage and scenic sites now located in or around the mountain. On the southern slope of the mountain builds the Dr.Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum, in the west, Mingxiao Mausoleum, and in the east, Linggu Temple and other sightseeings. Located in or close to the hillside of Purple Gold Mountain, a dozen of national research institutes and universities are built, among which the Purple Gold Mountain Observatory on Tianbao Peak is the most famous. This observatory is the only one that available before the liberation of China, which has now become a comprehensive institution of astronomical research of 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 to: Take the bus No.3, 20, 315 to get there