云山,湘西南名山,位于武冈市城南5公里处,最高峰海拔1372.5米,年平均气温15℃。1992年9月经原国家林业部批准建立国家级森林公园。
   云山是一座历史悠久的名山,为全国第六十九福地,亦称“楚南胜地”。远在隋唐间,便有佛教传播,宋、明最盛,形成以胜力寺为中心的寺庵建筑群,寺僧曾达500人众,现保存有14尊石砌僧塔,50多块铭文碑刻,三处摩崖石刻及5公里的青石板“秦人古道”。
   云山风景秀丽,素为旅游胜地,古今名人题咏甚多;宋高宗载赵构感叹曰“云山七十一峰,烟云变幻”,明代礼部主事潘应星曾题“仙桥横汉”、“崖前帘水”等十景,并流传许多美丽动人的传说。原国家领导人华国锋亦题为“楚南胜境”。
   云山动植物资源丰富,有植被面积3118公顷,其中原始次生阔叶林200多公顷,是50多种植物模式标本的产区。1921年奥地利著名植物学家韩马迪曾于此发现80多个植物新种,其中20余种以云山名之。现初步查明,有植物203科,1518种;动物66科,211种,且有10余种珍稀动植物列入国家一级保护。
云山,以山奇、水秀、林幽、云幻著称,为旅游、朝佛、休闲度假、科研教学的理想场所,属城郊型森林公园。
 
Brief Introductions of the State Forest Park of Yun Mountain
        Yun Mountain, a famous mountain in southern west of Hunan province, is situated in the southern suburb of Wugang City, which is five kilometers away from the urban district. It is 1372.5 meters high above sea level and its average temperature is 15℃. In 1992.9, Yun Mountain was authorized as a state forest park by the former state Ministry of Forestry. 
        As a blessed place with long history, Yun Mountain is regarded as a wonderland in Hunan province. Buddhism has got spread here since Sui and Tang Dynasty and got prosperous till Song and Ming Dynasty. As the development of Buddhism, there formed a series of temples centering on Shengli Temple and the number of the monks lived there once had got to 500. As time passed by, there remain 14 rock-made pagodas, more than 50 posies carved on the stone, three on-cliff stone inscriptions and five-kilometer-long Ancient Path(Qing Ren Gudao) that was made of bluestones.
        Beautiful sceneries and many classic lines made Yun Mountain a famous scenic spot for tourists. Many beautiful moving stories about it have been handed down till now. 71 peaks together with the changing clouds had once made the emperor Zhao Gou in Song Dynasty quite astonished, Pan Yingxing, the person in charge of Ministry of Rites in Ming Dynasty once had titled ten famous scenic spots here, such as Dongmen Yuying (Silhouette on the Cliff), Xianqiao Heng Han (Huge Rock like an Arch Bridge Soaring up to the Sky) and so on. Hua Guofeng the former state leader had also titled Yun Mountain as “Chu Nan Shengjing (Wonderland in Hunan Province)”.
        Yun Mountain is affluent in sources of animals and plants with the vegetation area of 3118 hectares. Of which, the primitive secondary broadleaf forest occupies the area of 200 hectares, functioning as the productive district of more than 50 sample plants. Austrian gardener Hanmody explored Yun Mountain and found more than 80 new plant species in 1921, among which twenty were named after Yun Mountain. Now after rough investigation, we’ve found that there are altogether 1518 plant species in its 203 plant families and 211 animal species in its 66 animal families, among which, more than ten rare species are on the list of state-first-level protected plants and animals.
        Being famous for perilous peaks, fresh water, tranquil woods and changing clouds, Yun Mountain is acknowledged as a typical forest park in the suburb.. it is regarded as an ideal place not only for tourism but also for people to spend their holidays, to make a pilgrimage to worship Buddha and to do scientific research. It is a true wonderland. 
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