Located in the north end of Jiangxi Province. Lushan Mountain sits just south of Jiujiang County and west of Xingzi County.While the sccnic sport covers a total area pf 302 square kilometers the mountain itself fills up 282 square kilometers .Because of its mild summer climate.Lushan Mountain is a popular summer resort for tourists form across the country.However.m recent years more visitors began arriving in winter finding the colder mountain equally charming if not more so.
Usually, snow blankets the mountain in early December and stays until late March, with the temperatures ranging between negative eight and five degrees Celsius (18-41 degrees F). The snowy scene in Lushan is not quite as magnificent as those in northern China, but rather delicate. Every winter, cold and warm currents converge high in the mountains and deep in the valleys, turning vapor droplets into needle shaped ice. Since such a scene is more common in the North, Lushan attracts many southern tourists who rarely have a chance to witness thephenomenon.
Two places should not be missed during a winter visit to Lushan: Meilu Villa and a mountain cinema that screens Romance on Lushan Mountain. Scattered around the mountain are l,000 villas in architectural styles of more than 20 countries, documenting the ups and downs of modern Chinese history. Compared with their counterparts in other parts of China, Lushan´s villas possess two distinctive features. First, they feature thick walls made of rocks from the mountain, which insulate them well from the cold. Secondly, fireplaces, rarely found in China, are in almost every villa. Among the beautiful structures, the most famous is known as "Meilu," the only villa to have hosted top leaders of both CPC (Communist Party of China) and Kuomintang. When Soong Mei-Iing, wife of Chiang Kaishek, then leader of the central government, received the villa as a gift from her British friend,
she never imagined the historical legacy the typical British architecture would become. Meilu is tranquil after snowfall, with white covering its courtyard and ice draping the towering trees in front.