Gao means highland by water and ting refers to the gathering of people
It began in the ancient, rose in the Qin and Han dynasties and thrived in the Tang and Song dynasties and continues till the present. Together with the Shangtang canal it nourished the special local culture in the past thousand years. King Qin inspected here; Ding Lan served his parents here; Bai Juyi prayed for rain here; Du Mu made here his dwelling; King Qian built the city wall here; Su Dongpo opened canal here; Gaozong of the Song dynasty took refuge here; Ningzong of the Song dynasty wrote inscription here; Wen Tianxiang defied the Yuan here; Wang Meng lived in seclusion here; and Jin Nong rested here in peace…Gaoting mountain, a famous mountain of beautiful scenery and abundant cultural heritage, is reputed as the patron of Hangzhou as it towers in the north of Hangzhou and protects the border and people of it.
Taking the profound culture as the soul, the excellent ecological environment as the foundation and the leisurely atmosphere as its form, Gaoting Mountain scenic area highlights fully the special local cultures such as tea culture, peach culture, primitive culture, Taoist culture, Buddhist culture, filial piety culture, military culture and water town culture. It makes efforts to build a high grade scenic area to add one more leisure resort to Hangzhou and revive Gaoting mountain after hundred years of recession.
Based on Gaoting mountain, Huanghe mountain and Yuanbao mountain; featured with one temple (Longju temple), one waterway (Shangtang canal), one tower (Huanghe tower), one loyal official (Wen Tianxiang), one filial son (Ding Lan), one scholar (Wang Meng), one warlord (King Qian Liu) and one hotel (Banjin hotel); and supported by Yanshan village and Gaocheng village, the Gaoting mountain scenic area is a famous cultural mountain with unique natural resources and rich human culture.
With an elevation of 361.1 meters, Gaoting Mountain is located at the northeast corner of the main urban area of Hangzhou City and the junction of Jianggan, Gongshu and Yuhang Districts. It is about 30 minutes drive from West Lake Scenic Area and Xiaoshan International Airport. With a landscape planning area of 5.1 square kilometers, the Scenic Area of Gaoting Mountain in Jianggan District is the core area of tourism in the north of Hangzhou and the last green area in the central city of Hangzhou. It was listed as a key ecological construction project in the province and the city in 2013 with a total planned five-year investment of more than 2 billion yuan. In 2015, projects such as Thousand-peach Orchard, Hilly Cycling Path, Smart Mountaineering Road, Golden Violet Flavor Street, Filial Piety Culture Exhibition Hall and 4D Cycling Experience Center were opened successively. As the first highland where humans stayed and thrived during the formation of Hangzhou, Gaoting Mountain began in the Qin, rose in the Tang and thrived in the Song. Combining Shangtang Canal with Longju Temple for a thousand years, it gave birth to the unique Hangzhou civilization: King Qin opened up a waterway here, King Qian built a stockaded village here, Gaozong took refuge here, Qianlong went ashore here, Ding Lan served parents here, Wen Tianxiang defied the Yuan here, Bai Juyi prayed for rain here, Su Dongpo controlled the water here, Wang Meng lived in seclusion here, and Du Mu rested here in peace. No Gaoting Mountain, no Hangzhou City. As the oldest famous historical and cultural mountain among the hundreds of mountains in Hangzhou, Gaoting Mountain is known as the “backing of Hangzhou” because it towers in the north of Hangzhou and protects the border and people of it.