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The Flaming Mountains

Listed under Mountains in Xinjiang/Northwest, China.

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The Flaming Mountains (Huoyan Shan) feature prominently in the story of the Bull Demon King from "Journey To The West" by Wu Cheng'en. Sun Wukong (aka the Monkey King or simply Monkey) attempts to borrow the Demon King's magic plantain fan to extinguish the flames engulfing this mountain ridge so that his master, the Monk Xuanzang, can continue on his journey to fetch scriptures from the Western Paradise.

The real Flaming Mountains lie outside Turfan in Xinjiang Province and would have been seen by the real Xuanzang who made his epic voyage to India back in the Tang Dynasty. There is no one best spot from which to see these mountains; the visitor is likely to get many impressive views whilst visiting other sites.

Written by  Ian Ford.

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