Beihai Shulin (stele forest)

On July 25, 2011, in Historical Relics, Other Places of Interest, Xi'an, by Jack Li

The existing artistic carvings in Huaqing Hot Spring contain 7 steles, 16 poem-engraved stones, 7 stonecutting and 4 pairs of stone carvings of ancient China.  Combining 69 steles, built after 1949, the collection was named “Beihai Shulin” .  “The stele of Hot Spring Song in the Northern Wei dynasty” and “The stele of Hot Spring […]

The existing artistic carvings in Huaqing Hot Spring contain 7 steles, 16 poem-engraved stones, 7 stonecutting and 4 pairs of stone carvings of ancient China.  Combining 69 steles, built after 1949, the collection was named “Beihai Shulin” .  “The stele of Hot Spring Song in the Northern Wei dynasty” and “The stele of Hot Spring Inscription” are the famous steles in the Forest.  “The stele of Hot Spring Inscription”, made according to Tang taizong (Li Shimin)’s design, was located on the left side of the “Yushu Pavilion”. Unfortunately, it has disappeared without a trace.   Its copy, made in 1993, is displayed in the Royal Hot Spring Site Museum. It was the first time that running script was carved on the steles.   “The stele of Hot Spring Song in the Northern Wei dynasty” was carved by Yuan Chang, a minister from Northern Wei dynasty.  The 1.5m high and 0.7 wide stele was initially called “Window Stele”.  The inscription consists of 500 words divided into 20 rows.  As the first testimony of Huaqing Hot Spring, the stele has been ranked as reprint prohibited work by the Chinese State Bureau of Cultural Relics.

Hua Qing Hot Spring

Hot Spring in Li Mountain

On July 25, 2011, in Historical Relics, Other Places of Interest, Xi'an, by Jack Li

Hot Spring in Li Mountain is known as “the first hot spring in the world” because of its long history unaffected by the turbulent changes.  The hot spring was formed 2 or 3 million years ago.  It has been used for more than 6 thousand years.  During the old times, emperors of Zhou, Qin, Han, […]

Hot Spring in Li Mountain is known as “the first hot spring in the world” because of its long history unaffected by the turbulent changes.  The hot spring was formed 2 or 3 million years ago.  It has been used for more than 6 thousand years.  During the old times, emperors of Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui and Tang dynasty used this secluded place for leisure and entertainment. It came to be an honor to the ministers if they had a chance to enjoy the Hot Spring in Li Mountain. Initially named Spa palace, it was rebuilt many times during subsequent dynasties. The average water temperature is 43℃ all year round.  This fact is mentioned in the old saying: “Over millennia, Hot Spring in Li Mountain is not affected by the change of time or temperature”.  Moreover, the hot spring is a natural habitat for many organisms such as lime, soda, silica, alumina, sulfur, sodium sulfate and so on.  All of them are effective in curing various skin diseases, which was proven in Qin dynasty; in Han dynasty by the scientist Zhang Heng in his work ”Hot Spring Fu(one of the Chinese literary forms akin to poetry) ”; and in Northern Wei Dynasty (Yuan Chang’s “Hot Spring Song” and Emperor Li Shimin’s “Hot Spring inscription”).  In a word, Hot Spring in Li Mountain is a place where visitors can enjoy both the fine view and healing bath.

Hua Qing Hot Spring

Hua Qing Hot Spring

On July 25, 2011, in Activities, Historical Relics, Xi'an, by Jack Li

Hua Qing Hot Spring, also called Hua Qing Palace, is a famous scenic hot spring spot in China, situated in the north of Li Mountain.  In the ancient times, emperors’ in Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui and Tang dynasty used this secluded place for leisure and entertainment. Initially named Spa palace, it was rebuilt many times […]

Hua Qing Hot Spring, also called Hua Qing Palace, is a famous scenic hot spring spot in China, situated in the north of Li Mountain.  In the ancient times, emperors’ in Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui and Tang dynasty used this secluded place for leisure and entertainment. Initially named Spa palace, it was rebuilt many times during subsequent dynasties. The most extensive large-scale refurbishment took place in Tang dynasty, initiated by Emperor Tang xuanzong.  As a result, the place underwent a few substantial changes. Hot spring well was transformed into pool; palace was built among the hills. From that time on, it was called Hua Qing Palace.  It was one of the first sites to be ranked as a key national scenic spot (which happened in 1982). Hua Qing Hot Spring has always been a famous tourist attraction.  Nowadays, it has four mouths; each of which has 1m radius.  The water in the pools is very clean, so the bottom of the basin is still visible despite the stream just beneath the water surface. Calming sound of the murmuring running water makes Hua Qing Palace even more enjoyable. Its water yield is 113t per hour and average temperature is 43℃ all year round.  The hot spring is a natural habitat for many organisms such as lime, soda, silica, alumina, sulfur, sodium sulfate and so on.  All of them have been proven effective in curing various skin diseases. The palace, 3000sq m large, has more than 100 rooms; it is capable to hold 400 people at a time.

Hua Qing Hot Spring Attractions

Hot Spring in Li Mountain

Beihai Shulin (stele forest)

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