Daluo Palace

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

Daluo Palace, since ancient times, has many wonderful tales. It was said that the Daluo Palace was the fairyland which Jie Zitui had seen in Jin Kingdom during the Spring and Autumn Period. Another tale is that the daughter of Emperor Tang Gaozu had practiced Taoism in the palace. Chinese Taoism thinks the heaven immortals […]

Daluo Palace, since ancient times, has many wonderful tales. It was said that the Daluo Palace was the fairyland which Jie Zitui had seen in Jin Kingdom during the Spring and Autumn Period. Another tale is that the daughter of Emperor Tang Gaozu had practiced Taoism in the palace.

Chinese Taoism thinks the heaven immortals lived has 36 levels. The highest level is Daluo Heaven. The name, Daluo Palace, means the palace built in the Daluo Heaven. Daluo Palace hangs over on the cliff of Lion Hill. It is 100 meters high and has 13 floors. Because of wars, Daluo Palace had experienced several times damages and reconstructions. In February 2nd, 1942, the Japanese army set fire on the palace. It was totally destroyed. The palace now we see was rebuilt in recent years. The construction area of main buildings is 10,000 square meters. The total construction area of the palace is 30,000 square meters. The palace ably mixed up the Ming, Qing architectural styles with modern technology as a whole. The Daluo Palace is very gorgeous and elegant. Someone claimed that it could compete with the Potala Palace and titled it as ‘the No.1 Taoist Temple’.

Mian Mountain

Baofu Rock

On August 25, 2011, in Chinese Towns & Villages, Festivals, Mountain Areas, Shanxi, Temples, by Jack Li

Baofu Rock sited in the east and faced the west. It is 60 meters high, 50 meters deep and 180 meters long. It consists of two layers. It holds over two hundred halls and houses in its ‘stomach’. It is the unique scenery in the world. In the rock, there has Yunfeng Temple which was […]

Baofu Rock sited in the east and faced the west. It is 60 meters high, 50 meters deep and 180 meters long. It consists of two layers. It holds over two hundred halls and houses in its ‘stomach’. It is the unique scenery in the world. In the rock, there has Yunfeng Temple which was originally built in the Three Kingdoms Period. It has a history of over 1,700 years. The architectural style of Yunfeng Temple is similar with The Hanging Temple which is still maintained after several damages. In the past, the name of Yunfeng Temple had changed many times. Sometimes it was named as Baofu Temple, as it was built in the Baofu Rock; sometimes it was called as Yunfeng Temple, as it is situated on the steep cliff of Mian Mountain and always covered by cloud and mist; sometimes it was called as Dayan Temple which means Big Rock Temple, as the Baofu Rock is so big that it can contain one hundred temples.

Hang bell on the Baofu Rock is an attraction in Mian Mountain. Every Temple Festival, worshippers who had made wishes hire people from the top of rock using line to lift up people who will hang bell. And then swing the line in order to put people into the cave in the rock. The people in the cave use steel hooks to fasten themselves on the rock, and then hang the bell. All woks finished, people also use line to get down. The whole process is dangerous and exciting. You will be shocked when you see the process.

Mian Mountain

 

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 […]

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.

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