Longhu Mountain Natural Reserve, Nanning
Firstly established in 1980, the Longhu Natural Reserve was qualified as the natural reserve and the beauty spot of the autonomous region in 1987. The main objects under protection are rare medicinal herbs and the Karst Mountain scenery, also including the national plants like Garcinia paucinervis, Cephalomappa sinensis, C．pubipelata and Burretiodendron hsienmu and the national animals like Francois's Leaf Monkey, Macacus monkey, Python molurus, pangolin, champion toucan and so on.
In the area, visitors can see green mountains and peaks, old cane, bamboo bridge, clean water, various buildings and towers and hundreds of birds. Another famous attraction is to see the monkeys in the mountain. Above 2500 monkeys half raised by human will receive guests on the road side or bridge and along the river. Lovely as they are, visitors can play or take photos with them, what an interesting thing.
The scenic spots already open to tourists include the area for playing with monkeys, the fantastic sights in the Karst cave, the bamboo house of Zhuang, Boating on the green river, the fairy watching site and so on.
In the Longqian Valley surrounded by the Hushan Mountain, Setu Mountain and Yimu Mountain, there is a basin with a width of about 200 mu which is full of stone pillars of 4 to 6 meters in height and in various shapes. On the stone pillars grow wild cane, old trees, algae and ferns, which create a natural stone forest bonsai.
In the lush forest of the Baihua Mountain, there are four groups about 2000 monkeys, some big group with above a hundred monkeys and the small one also with more than 20. After years of cultivation in the wild, 3 groups of 200 monkeys are for watching. In the morning, the keeper will send the feed to a fixed spot. Hearing a whistle and seeing a small flag, the monkeys will gather in the spot from all corners and eat the feed on the ground, or unfold the keeper's hand and grab and eat the corns, some even dare to take food from visitors' hands. Thanks to proper feeding and cultivation, the monkeys are tender and human-like, being the monkey groups with the biggest number in the country.
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I updated this article on December 13, 2012
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