Legends of Chinese Attractions — Flaming Mountains

The Flaming Mountains — An Episode of Journey to the West


Lying in the Taklamagan Desert of Xinjiang Province, the Flaming mountains are the hottest spot in China with a temperature frequently reaching 50 °C (122 °F) or higher. Why is the weather so harsh there?


One explanation (not for real of course) is from an episode of the noted Chinese literature Journey to the West, which tells the fantastic stories of a  Buddhist Monk, accompanied by a Monkey King with magical powers,  on his pilgrimage to India in Tang Dynasty. The Flaming Mountains were originally an alchemy burner in the heaven, which was kicked off to earth by Monkey King. When they ran into the mountains,   they were just too hot to cross. To make up for his mistake, Monkey King turned to his big bro’s wife to borrow a magic  fan…


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