Located in Hongshan Village, Zhangdian Town, the Dabie Mountain Grottoes Scenic Area is a national AAAA tourist attraction and a part of the Dabie Mountain National Geopark in Lu'an.
The scenic area is only 32 kilometers away from the city proper of Lu'an. It is a now a bright pearl in the Dabie Mountain tourism area in Lu'an. For thousands of years, this place was unknown to people until it was discovered by geologists in 2007 and listed as a part of the Dabie Mountain National Geopark. When people see the geological wonders, they cannot help admiring the extraordinary workmanship of the nature.
The scenic area features geological wonders, ecologically beautiful scenic spots and cultural elements, and its main peak is 291.2 meters above sea level. Among the geological wonders, the most impressive one is the Changyandong (open cave in the rock), known as the first rock in west Anhui. There are many wonders for people to further study, for instance, the clay coffins hung on cliffs, the traditional culture of living in caves, the wild leek that always grows in green, the ancient fort and the tree stumps in the nearby and smaller caves around the Changyandong.
The 600-year ancient Buddha temple “Tianfo Chansi”is known as Jiulongtang in history, or Nine-dragon Hall literally. Its ruins and remains were preserved in Hongshan Village. The temple built in the later Yuan Dynasty was renewed recently. The newly rebuilt Shanmendian (the gate house to the temple), Tianwangdian (Hall of Heavenly Kings) and Daxiongbaodian (The Great Buddha’s Hall) are well arranged in conformity with the topography of the mountain.