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Mt. Qingcheng

Location of Mt. Qingcheng

Mt. Qingcheng is situated in the southwest of the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project in Sichuan Province.


Features of Mt. Qingcheng

Mt. Qingcheng is one of the most well-known Taoist mountains in China, which is also an attractive and charming tourist attraction full of luxuriant and verdant trees. Encircled by uncountable peaks, Mt. Qingcheng is crowned as "the most peaceful and secluded mountain on the earth".

Mt. Qingcheng can be generally grouped into two parts - the anterior Mt. Qingcheng and the posterior Mt. Qingcheng. As the main part of the scenic spot, the anterior Mt. Qingcheng encompasses an area of about 15 square kilometers (around 3706 acres), which boasts charming natural wonders and an abundance of cultural relics and historic sites. Among which, the Jianfu Palace, the Shangqing Palace, and the Tianshi Cave are the most well-known destinations.

Looking up at Mt. Qingcheng from its foot, Laojun Pavilion can be seen located on the highest peak, known as Pengzu Peak, also called Laoxiao Peak, at an elevation of more than 1,260 meters (4,134 feet).

When you began your climbing of Mt. Qingcheng, the Jianfu Palace is a must-visit place. It was initially built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and restored several times through the years. In front of the Jianfu Palace, there is a lucid stream winding its way, adding more sights to the whole scene. Wandering west for one kilometer (around 0.6 mile), you will face  a wooden pavilion that protrudes between a profusion of trees and steep rocks, making most visitors bearing with the misconception that they are in a large painting. Two temples and three compounds also stand here, surrounded by lush ancient vegetation now.

Derecting to the west, you will arrive at the Tianshi Cave, in which, there stands a stone statue in the style of Sui Dynasty (581-618), it can be almost sure that it is an image of Zhang Tianshi (the Celestial Master Zhang). As legend goes, Zhang Daoling, namely Zhang Tianshi mentioned above, cultivated himself and preached here at approximately the end of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220). Thus, he is regarded as the founder of Taoism on Mt. Qingcheng.

Three other buildings in this area are also worth a visit: the Sanqing Palace, the Sanhuang Palace and also the Huangdi Temple. The Sanqing Palace is the main hall of the Tianshi Cave, where worships three supreme deities in Taoism; while in the Sanhuang Palace, the stone statues of Fuxi, Shennong and Huangdi (the Three Sovereigns of legendary rulers of China in remote antiquity) are worshipped.

Later, when crossing the Fangning Bridge, you will arrive at the Zushi Palace which has been well- kept since the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Along the path, a famous temple - the Shangqing Palace can be seen, and a series of natural scenery and revered buildings of Taoism will present to visitors one by one.

Mt. Qingcheng, a place of perfect combination of the unique landform, moderate climate, natural beauty and cultural relics and historic sites of Taoism, is really a wonderful area to go in your Sichuan tour.


Mt. Qingcheng Notes

1.Admission Fee: CNY 90 (excluding CNY 10 for the boat)
2.Opening Hours: 8:00 to 17:50
3.Recommended Time for a Visit: Half a day
4.Bus Route: Take the direct tourist bus at the railway station