Qingcheng Mountain Travel Tips

On September 5, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Sichuan, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Qingcheng (Green City) Mountain has 36 peaks which stand in a circle like the city walls. The trees on the mountain are thick and shady, which gives to the name Qingcheng. The Mountain covers 120km2 with an area of 1522m2 under special protection. The climate here is mild and pleasant with a year-round temperature of […]

Qingcheng (Green City) Mountain has 36 peaks which stand in a circle like the city walls. The trees on the mountain are thick and shady, which gives to the name Qingcheng. The Mountain covers 120km2 with an area of 1522m2 under special protection. The climate here is mild and pleasant with a year-round temperature of 15.2. The highest temperature is 34.2oC and the lowest is -7.1oC. The rock is red and the cliffs are steep, which is very suitable for tourism and sightseeing.

Best time to visit Qingcheng Mountain

Summer times for the temperature in mountainous area is cooler, which makes it a perfect summer resort.

Qingcheng Mountain best routes

On foot:

Front gate—Ease Cote—Natural Picture Pavilion—Tianshi Temple—Master’s Hall—Chaoyang Cave—Shangqing Hall—Laojun Hall (the summit)—Mingqing Hall—Yuecheng Lake—Jianfu Hall

By Cableway:

Front gate—Ease Cote—Yuecheng Lake—Cableway—Shangqing Hall—Laojun Hall (the summit)—Chaoyang Cave—Master’s Hall—Tianshi Temple—Natural Picture Pavilion—Ease Cote—Front Gate—Jianfu Hall

Qingcheng Mountain tickets

Front mountain: 90 Yuan  (Half price for children between 1.1m to 1.4m)

Back mountain: 20 Yuan

Front mountain cableway: 30 Yuan (one way)   50 Yuan (round trip)

Back mountain Jinli cableway: 30 Yuan (one way)   55 Yuan (round trip)

Back mountain Baiyun cableway: 35 Yuan (to the mountain summit)   30 Yuan (to the mountain foot)  60 Yuan (round trip)

Yuecheng Lake ferry: 5 Yuan

Cuiying Lake ferry 2 Yuan

Buddha Cloud Cave: 5 Yuan

Crystal Cave: 10 Yuan

How to get to Qingcheng Mountain

By Bus:

Tourist bus from Chengdu Railway Station and Chadianzi Tourists Terminal every ten minutes.

By Train:

Bullet train from Chengdu to Dujiangyan, 15 pairs every day

Bus 101 from Dujingyan Tourism Terminal

Taxi: 40 Yuan

From front mountain to back mountain: shuttle bus

Tips: A map is recommended if you intend to climb the mountain for the paths are complicated and the entrances to the attractions are hidden thus hard to find. A map can save you time and avoid being hoodwinked.

Lao Tse Halln and Natural Picture Pavilion

On September 5, 2011, in Historical Relics, Mountain Areas, Popular Provinces, Sichuan, by Jack Li

Lao Tse Hall Lao Tse Hall is located on the summit of Qingcheng Mountain towering over 1600m into the sky. The Hall has six floors covering 400m2. The base of the building is square and the top is round suggesting the traditional idea “heaven is round and the earth square”. Every floor has eight protruding […]

Lao Tse Hall

Lao Tse Hall is located on the summit of Qingcheng Mountain towering over 1600m into the sky. The Hall has six floors covering 400m2. The base of the building is square and the top is round suggesting the traditional idea “heaven is round and the earth square”. Every floor has eight protruding angles symbolizes the Eight Diagram in Taoism. The statue of Lao Tse is based on Xu Beihong’s painting, a well-known modern Chinese painter, “Lao Tse Strolling on an Ox”. Lao Tse measures 13.6m and the whole statue with the ox measures 16m. The Hall was built in 1992 adding a delicate touch to the birthplace of Taoism.

Natural Picture Pavilion

The Natural Picture Pavilion is located in the hillside of the Longju Mountain behind the Archway. It is a multiple-eave pavilion built during 1875-1909 to the dimensions of 8.35m x 2.8m x 6.3m. The scenery here is tranquil and delicate like a natural picture. The Pavilion situates between Jianfu Hall and Tianshi Temple with a height of 893m. Visitors can see buildings blended into the natural landscape and the cutting cliffs soaring into the sky, which are connected by “Gods’ Bridge” for legends hold that gods often come here for gatherings. Being in the natural picture of the Qingcheng Mountain, you can have a good rest before go on and appreciate the breath-taking beauty of Qingcheng.

Qingcheng Mountain

Tianshi Temple

On September 5, 2011, in Historical Relics, Popular Provinces, Sichuan, Temples, by Jack Li

Tianshi Temple (Taoist Master’s Temple), also known as Changdao Taoism Temple, is the major temple complex in Qingcheng Mountain. Legend holds that Zhang Daoling, the founder of Tianshi Daoism, practiced Daoism doctrines and cultivated himself here, which gives to the name Tianshi. Sanqing Hall is the main building of the Temple. It was a multi-eave […]

Tianshi Temple (Taoist Master’s Temple), also known as Changdao Taoism Temple, is the major temple complex in Qingcheng Mountain. Legend holds that Zhang Daoling, the founder of Tianshi Daoism, practiced Daoism doctrines and cultivated himself here, which gives to the name Tianshi.

Sanqing Hall is the main building of the Temple. It was a multi-eave pavilion-like house on the top of a hill, built in 1923. There are nine steps leading up to it with six marble pillars in the front yard. The horizontal inscribed board over the front door inscribed “crimson platform and emerald cave” by the Qing Emperor Kangxi. The couplets along the door says, “One gives birth to two, two gives birth to three, and three gives birth to everything” and “human follow land, land follow sky, sky follow Taoism, Taoism follow nature” on each side, which are central concepts of Taoism. The Hall houses for three supreme gods of Taoism: Primus the emperor of heaven, Lingbao God and Moral God. Taoists believes the three are creators of the universe. Another major building is the Sanhuang Hall housing for the god Fuxi, the agricultural god and Yellow Emperor. The statues are seated statues measuring 1m tall carved in 723. Taoism considers Yellow Emperor and Lao Tse as chief masters. Legends hold that the Yellow Emperor had been learning Taoism after Ningzifeng who later assisted him to win the battle against Chuiyou. The Yellow Emperor went up into heaven after he finished learning and practicing Taoism principles. That’s why the statue of Yellow Emperor was housed in the Hall and there is also a Yellow Emperor Hall built in remembrance of him. The landscape in around Tianshi Temple is quiet and delicate. There stand three chunks of rocks in the east inscribed “eliminate evils”. Given to the legend that Zhang was stopped by a vast chunk of rock on his way to fight against evils. He then chopped it into three smaller ones.

Qingcheng Mountain

Jianfu Palace

On September 5, 2011, in Historical Relics, Mountain Areas, Palaces, Sichuan, by Jack Li

Jianfu Palace is currently located on the foot of Zhangren Peak of Qingcheng Mountain in Sichuan Province. This palace was built in the year 724 A.D. or the Kaiyuan 12th year in Tang Dynasty and at that time its name was Zhangren Temple. Up to this day, there are only two courtyards and three halls […]

Jianfu Palace is currently located on the foot of Zhangren Peak of Qingcheng Mountain in Sichuan Province. This palace was built in the year 724 A.D. or the Kaiyuan 12th year in Tang Dynasty and at that time its name was Zhangren Temple. Up to this day, there are only two courtyards and three halls left, all of which were renovated in 1888 (the 14th year under Qing Emperor Guanxu’s reign).Jianfu Palace is on the left side of the front hill of Qingcheng Mountain, so it is the starting point of your trip here. Inside the palace many figures of famous Taoist masters and gods are worshipped. On the pillars of the major hall, visitors can try to read the 394-word antithetical couplet, which is highly praised as one of the Qingcheng Wonders. The unique and exquisite design of the courtyard, especially the enormous rockery and ancient pavilions, will deeply impress visitors as if they were in a fairyland. On the right side of the palace, we can see some historical relics like Mingqing Princess Fu’s dressing table. A stream flows throughout the year in front of the palace. The surrounding trees will present you the feeling of cool even in hottest period of summer. Jianfu Palace serves as not only a distinguished Taoist Temple in Qingcheng Mountain, but also an ideal place for the tourists to have a rest.

Qingcheng Mountain

Qingcheng Mountain

Located in south-west of Dujiangyan City, Sichuan Province, the Qingcheng Mountain is 68 km far away from Chengdu (the capital of Sichuan) and only 16 km away from Dujiangyan. The original name of this mountain is Zhangren Mountain which is one of the branches of Qionglai Mountains. The main peak measures 1260 m in height […]

Located in south-west of Dujiangyan City, Sichuan Province, the Qingcheng Mountain is 68 km far away from Chengdu (the capital of Sichuan) and only 16 km away from Dujiangyan. The original name of this mountain is Zhangren Mountain which is one of the branches of Qionglai Mountains. The main peak measures 1260 m in height according to the data in 2007. All the trees on the mountain remain green throughout the year and the many peaks forms a shape like city walls, therefore, the mountain is called Qingcheng Mountain. The whole mountain is divided into two parts, namely the front hill and the back hill. The Qingcheng Mountain Scenic Spot which contains a large number of historical interests mainly lies on the front hill covering an area of 15 km2. The total area of the back hill covers about 100 km2 and the temperature here in winter is extremely low but in summer you can enjoy very cool weather. So we can also say this mountain area has two very distinct seasons. Qingcheng Mountain is famous for its quietness just like a secluded wood. Various peaks, streams, valleys, pavilions and temples are all in the shade of the tall trees with luxuriant foliage. The buildings like the pavilions, Taoist temples, and palaces are in perfect harmony with the whole mountain because they all used natural building materials whose color is similar with the rocks or the plants. Judging from this, we can get to know that Taoists appreciate simple and natural living style. When you visit Qingcheng Mountain, you can not only enjoy the beautiful scenery but also learn much about Chinese Taoism because Qingcheng Mountain is one of the places where Taoism originated. Taoists lived and studied Taoism in the area of Qingcheng Mountain almost more than 2000 years ago.  It is said that in 143 A.D. Zhang Ling, a famous Taoist master, came to Qingcheng Mountain and settled down here then to study and teach Taoism. From then on, Qingcheng Mountain became a hot spot for Taoism and was listed as “the fifth Taoist fairyland”. Tianshic (Tianshi) Temple is at the heart of all the well-preserved ancient buildings and of course it is a must-see in this scenic spot.

Qingcheng Mountain Attractions:

Jianfu Palace

Tianshi Temple

Laojun Pavilion and Natural Pictures 

Qingcheng Mountain Stories

1.   The sanctuary lamp on Qingcheng Moutain

Qingcheng Mountain is famous for three natural wonders, the beautiful sunrise, the vast sea of clouds and the sanctuary lamp. The sanctuary lamp, also known as the holy light, is a particularly special and rare sight. Shangqing Palace is the best place to view and admire it. In summer, every time when it becomes sunny again after the rains, visitors in the pavilions near Shangqing Palace might be able to see flickering light in the mountain, sometimes there are just a few lights, sometimes there are millions of them, and the sight is breath-taking. The legend holds that those lights are lit by Zhang Ling, a famous Taoism master, who lives in Qingcheng Mountain. Actually it is just because the oxidation of phosphorus causes the fire, which is a very normal natural phenomenon.

2.   The Legend of Puzhao Temple on Qingcheng Mountain

Puzhao Temple once was called Jinhua Temple before and in it the figure of Master Yinghua was worshipped. At the very beginning, the temple expanded from an abandoned family ancestral hall was very poor, there was neither any food to support monks nor any room to place figures of great masters of Taoism. However in the 30th year under Qing Emperor Qianlong’s reign, for some unknown reason the temple was rebuilt with great efforts. The temple earned its fame overnight. It is estimated that the reconstruction at least cost over ten thousand liang(an ancient Chinese unit of weight equivalent to 31.25 grams) gold and silver. According to the monumental writing, the project did not receive any donation or sponsorship. Then how did they get the money? Today, the reason why Puzhao Temple could become prosperous in such a short period of time is still a mystery. A folk tale in Chengdu has it that Zhang Xianzhong, an insurrectionist in Ming Dynasty who overthrew the government’s rule in Sichuan, established his own farmer regime. Then before long the soldiers of Qing Emperor invaded his land and Zhang had to leave Chengdu. Before he left, he decided to hide all the treasures and designed a stone ox and a stone drum as the marks of the treasure place. Some people thought he hid the precious deep down the Jinjiang River, while some guessed the treasures were hidden in Qingcheng Mountain. So people make a further guess that the money used to rebuild Puzhao Temple came from the treasure place mentioned above. Is it a good guess or a bad one? No one knows….

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