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Mt. Qingcheng

qingcheng-mountain01Mt. Qingcheng is located in the Dujiangyan scenic area, 50km northwest of Chengdu, Sichuan. It is one of the ancient cradles of Taoism.

The Mt. Qingcheng falls under the humid subtropical monsoon climate, with an annual average temperature of 15 centigrade and the trees here are green all year round. It is reputed for both the brilliant Taoist cultural and paradisiacal natural scenery.

qingcheng-mountainAmong its famous scenic sites are the Shangqing Palace, the Jianfu Palace, and the Tianshi Cave. The Jianfu Palace stands against the cliff under the Zhangren Peak with an extraordinary bearing. The palace was built in the Tang Dynasty and repaired several times in the successive dynasties. Now, only two halls and three compounds are preserved. On the left side of the Jianfu Palace lies the princess of Mingqing mansion site. Visitors venturing one kilometer to the west can find the "the natural pictures". When looking at the rocks standing erect with the clouds and mist thickly wreathing, visitors often fancy that they are in the pictures.

Two kilometers towards the north lies Tianshi Cave, which is the major temple of Mt. Qingcheng. According to a legend, Zhang Daolin was here for preaching in the Eastern Han Dynasty. In the Three Kings Palace, the main hall of the Tianshi Cave, stone inscriptions of three kings of the Tang Dynasty were laid. The palace contains wood and stone tablets of past dynasties. The most famous include the Tang Xuanzong's imperial decree and Yuefei's handwriting of Zhuge Liang's famous piece Chu Shi Biao.

After exiting the Tianshi Cave, visitors may cross over the Fangning Bridge to reach the Zhushi Palace. Following the visit to the Zhushi Palace, an unceasing walk straight north will lead the visitors to Chaoyang Cave. Exiting the Chaoyang Cave, climbers will be able to see the Shangqing Palace, which is situated on a high platform. The Shangqing Palace was first built in the Jin Dynasty and the extant temple was built during the reign of Tongzhi in the Qing Dynasty. There are stone inscriptions in the palace such as "the fifth famous mountain under the sun", " the first peak in Mt. Qingcheng" and so on. With an annual average temperature of 15 centigrade, Mt. Qingcheng falls under the humid subtropical monsoon climate. It is reputed as "Dong Tian Fu Di" (which means wonderful mountain and happy place), "the fairyland on earth".

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