Driving southwestward from Zhengzhou for
an hour and a half will bring you to
Mount Songshan. Its peak, towering 1,550
meters above sea level, is the highest
of the twenty-two peaks of the Funiu
Songshan rises from the Central China
Plain; being the middle-most of the five
sacred mountains of China, it is
sometimes also called Central Mountain.
It contains many scenic spots and places
of historical interest, of which Shaolin
Monastery, the Songyang School of
Classical Learning, the Han Imperial
Palaces, Star Observatory Terrace (Guanxingtai),
and Stone Streams‘ Confluence (Shizonghuiyin)
are the best known.