Mian Mountain

On August 25, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Palaces, Shanxi, Temples, by Jack Li

Mian Mountain is 1.5km far from Xingdi, a small village outside Jiexiu.  There are a lot of attractions such as Baiyun (White Cloud) Nunnery, Guangyan Temple, Dicang (Ksitigarbha) Palace, Wulong (Five—dragon) Tomb and more belonging to Mian Mountain.  Climbing on the 2.5km long stone steps, you will find the Longtou (Dragon Head) Temple which is located on the hillside of Mian Mountain.  A winding path extends to the depth of the mountain from there.  Strange peaks face with each other on two sides of the path; unique stones are all over the way.  As you moving on, the path is becoming more dangerous.  As the NO.1 attraction of MianMountain, Baofu Temple is constructed inside the Baofu Rock’s huge interspace.  It is rarely seen that over 20 Buddha—halls are constructed in a rock.  Because of the protection of the rock, these halls have never been soaked by any rain or snow.   It is impossible to research when these 20 halls were built at present.  What reserved in the temple are a nine—lions stone seat and a stone statue.  The Iron Chain Ridge is about 100m far from the Baofu Rock on the east.  Because there is iron chain hanging from the cliff, the ridge got its name.  Climbing down from it, you can get to the YinkongCave, BambooTemple, TiewaTemple and MosiTower, which are all situated on the top of Mian Mountain.  Besides above—mentioned attractions, Ligu Rock where was Tangtaizong’s (an emperor of Tang dynasty) younger sister’s residence after she entering into religion, Qipan Cave where are carved with inscriptions of celebrities from Tang, Song, Yuan and Ming dynasties and Fengru Spring which resembles women’s boobs, dripping sweet water are all worthy of visiting.

Mian Mountain Attractions

Daluo Palace

Baofu Rock

Overline Bridge

Mian Mountain Story

The story that Jie Zitui, a minister of Jin dynasty, was burned in Mian Mountain is nearly on all Chinese lips up to now.  In the long—standing culture of Chinese folk customs, there are only two festivals being set up to memorize historical figures.  One of them is the Dragon Boat Festival which intends to memorize the great patriotic poet Quyuan; another is Cold Food Festival (Tomb-sweeping Day) which aims to cherish the memory of Jie Zitui.

Over 2000 years ago, Zhong’er, who was the childe of Jin state exiled outside.  But with the help of Jie Zitui, Zhong’er finally went through all hardships and came back his nation as the king.  Soon after, Zhong’er rewarded meritorious statesman except for Jie Zitui.  He forgot this biggest benefactor.  Unwilling to struggling for fame and gain with those ordinary people, Jie Zitui secluded in Mian Mountain with his old mother.  Learning that news, Zhong’er, who had become Jin wengong (king of Jin State), felt ashamed and regretful.  So he went to Mian Mountain to invite Jie Zitui by himself.  Zhong’er had no choice but set fire on the mountain to force Ji Zitui, who hid inside Mian Mountain to come out.  Designed by the treacherous court official, the big fire did not die out until four days later.  People found Jie Zitui’s and his mother’s burnt corpses under a willow.  Zhong’er was so sad that he order all his nationals should not light fire on that day to avoid lighting the Mian Mountain again.  Nations had to eat cold food because of this order.  As a result, that day was called Cold Food Festival to memorize Jie Zitui.

Jack Li

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