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Famous Taoist Mountains & Temples in Sichuan

You may have known that Sichuan is the birthplace of the indigenous religion – Taoism or Daoism. You may want to have a deeper knowledge about when did Taoism started, who was the famous Taoist master and where did Taoism practiced in Sichuan…To have clear ideas, you can check the famous Taoist mountains and Taoist temples in Sichuan. If you are interested in visiting one of them, please feel free to tell us.

Top Taoist Mountains in Sichuan

Mount Heming: the Birthplace of Taoism

Mount Heming, the origin of Chinese Taoism, is about 70 kilometers from downtown Chengdu and as well as 30 kilometers from Mount Qingcheng. Heming Mountain looks like a crane with its wings unfolded and marveled at the naming of Mount Heming, as He means “crane” in Chinese. Mount Heming is worldwide well-known holy land of Taoism and regarded as “Fairyland of Taoism” and “Birthplace of Taoism”. In Eastern Han Dynasty during the reign of Emperor Shundi (AD 126~144), Zhao Daoling founded the Tradition of the Mighty Commonwealth of Orthodox Oneness, also called Way of the Celestial Masters sect of Taoism which is also known as the way of the Five Pecks of Rice. This school is regarded Laozi as the hierarch and Tao Te Ching as the main classics which marked the foundation of Taoism in Mount Heming. Nowadays, Mount Heming has many historical sites related with Taoism, including Sangong Temple, Wenchang Palace, Taiqing Palace, Xieyuan Pavilion, Eight Diagram Pavilion, Yingxian Pavilion, etc.

Recommended Visiting Route for Taoism Exploration:

Enter into the Arch of Mount Heming which means you are into a land of Taoism. Walk and pass through Yingxian Pavilion which had great relationship with Zhang Sanfeng, the founder of Wudang Sect who came to Mount Heming practice Tao; follow your step to Yanxiang Temple surrounded with old trees and inscriptions, and reach Doulao Palace and Palace of Three Saints which has statues of the Supreme God of Taoism (Tao Te Tianzun), Lu Tungpin, Taichi Master Zhang Sanfeng; visit Celestial Master Palace with the statue of Zhang Daoling inside, explore Shangqing Palace with the statue of the Supreme God of Taoism and lots of inscriptions. If you have more time, have a further exploration to Wenchang Palace, Tiangu Cave. The whole visit takes about half day.

Mount Heming

Mount Qingcheng: One of the Top Four Taoism Mountains in China

Mount Qingcheng, 68 kilometers from Chengdu, is one of the Top Four Taoism Mountains in China, as well as the shrine of Quanzhen Taoism. This mountain regarded as the one of the birthplace of Taoism has a long history over 2000 years. In Eastern Han Dynasty in the year of 143, the Celestial Master Zhao Daoling came to Mount Qingcheng and chose the tranquil place to preach Tao. Hence, Mount Qingcheng became the birthplace of Taoism and listed as “the Fifth Taoist Fairyland”. Now, there are about ten Taoist temples well preserved, including Tianshi Cave, Jianfu Palace, Shangqing Palace, Zushi Palace, Yuanming Palace, Laojun Pavilion, Yuqing Palace, Chaoyang Temple, etc.

Recommended Visiting Route for Taoism Exploration:

Stepping into the Arch of Mount Qingcheng, you’ll begin your Taoism exploration. If you are a good hiker, you can choose to hike up and take cable car down. If you are lack of physical, you can choose cableway for both up and down.

Here is the recommended hiking route for travelers. Walk your way up and pass through Rain Pavilion, Celestial Hall of Mount Qingcheng, Nature’s Pavilion, Buxu Corridor, Happiness Pavilion, Nature’s Painting, Quanzhen Temple, Five Heavenly Caves, Tainshi Celestial Cave, Heat-Appeasing Pavilion, Zushi Temple, QingxuPavilion, Chaoyang Ancient Temple. Continue your walking and passing through Donghua Hall and Laojun Pavilion. This is the highest point of Mount Qingcheng. Relax and fresh yourselves for a moment and continue to get down. To save energy and time, travelers can choose to take cableway down. On the way back, you’ll visit Sun-viewing Pavilion, Shangqing Palace and Cuiyun Pavilion. Take the cableway at upper station of Buyun Cableway and relax yourselves and absorb the beautiful and peaceful natural scenery all the way till getting down the cable car. Take a relaxing boat across Yuecheng Lake and walk through Stalagmite Peak Hall and Jianfu Palace. This route offers a chance to explore deeply about Taoism and visit many Taoist temples.

To know more travel information about Mount Qingcheng, like how to get there, best time to visit and travel tips, you can go ahead to our Mount Qingcheng Travel Guide.

Mount Qingcheng Jinafu Palace Mount Qingcheng Shangqing Palace

Top Taoist Temples in Sichuan

Qingyang Palace: No.1 Taoist Temple in West China

Qingyang Palace, reputed as the No.1 Taoist Temple in West China, is one of the famous Taoist temple in China. According to the legend, Laozi asked the governor Yinxi (who asked Laozi to write Tao Te Ching) to meet him at Qingyang Palace and preach Tao. Qingyang Palace was first built in Zhou Dynasty (1046~246 BC) and the remained architecture today are from Qing Dynasty. Qingyang Palace has orderly complex which can be divided into sixfold architectures, from Lingzu Palace, Hunyuan Palace, Eight Diagram Pavilion, Sanqing Palace, Doumu Palace to Three Platforms. By visiting the typical Taoist architecture, travelers can have basic understanding about the immortals, like Three Purities – Yuanshi Tianzun, Lingbao Tianzun, Tao Te Tianzun (the Supreme God of Taoism), Doumu Yuanjun, and the Supreme Deity of Taoism…

The two famous bronze goats are squatted in front of Sanqing Palace which makes the symbol of Qingyang Palace. The goat with single horn contains twelve Chinese zodiac signs – mouse ears, ox body, tiger paw, rabbit back, dragon horn, horse mouth, goat mustache, monkey head, cock eyes, dog belly and pig hip. What’s more, Qingyang Palace has collected the precious cultural object “Dao Cang Ji Yao” which is the most complete version in the world, making it the precious material for Taoism study.

To know more travel information about Qingyang Palace, like architecture details, how to get there and travel tips, you can go ahead to our Qingyang Palace Travel Guide.

Qingyang Palace

Erwang Temple: Taoist Temple as Part of Dujiangyan Irrigation System

Erwang Temple or Two Kings Temple is located at the foot of Yulei Mountain which is part of World Heritage Site of Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Mount Qingcheng. It was first Wangdi Temple built in honor of an ancient Shu king who was relocated and so locals renamed the temple here in memory of Li Bing and his legendary son whom they has posthumously promoted to kings. The present architecture belongs to the Republic of China (1925) and it has three main folds and 16 folds side halls, including – Two King Hall (contains a modern statue of the god Erlang Shen who was allegedly Li Bing’s son), Old King Hall (contains the statues of the couple of Li Bing) and Laojun Palace (contains the statue of Laozi), Chenghuang Hall, Tudi Hall, Yunhuang Hall, Niangniang Hall, Qizi Hall, Dinggong Ancestral Temple, Shengmu Hall, Kuixing Pavilion and Dragon God Hall, etc.

Erwang Temple can be visited after your Duajingyan Irrrigation System tour which helps you know more about Taoism as well as the creators of the irrigation infrastructure built in 256 BC during the Warring States period of China.

Dujiangyan Erwang Temple Dujiangyan Erwang Temple Statue

Erxian Temple: Famous Taoist Temple for Quanzhen Taoism

Erxian Temple or Two Immortal Temple is situated in the east of Qingyang Palace on the north bank of Baihuatan Brook. Erxian Temple is a famous Taoist temple which was built in the reign of Kangxi in Qing Dynasty (1662~1722). It belongs one of the top 10 Taoist temples of Quanzhen Taoism, as well as the birthplace of Bidong Sect of Quanzhen Longmen Taoism. The famous Taoist Chen Jueqing was the first master of Longmen School.

The main architectures of Erxian Temple include Arch, Sanguan Hall, Drum Tower and Bell Tower, Luzu Hall, Two Immortals Hall, Yuhuang Hall, Doumu Hall, Sanhuang Hall, Baishen Hall, Depository of Taoist Texts, guest room, etc. And the most important hall is Luzu Hall which has the statue of Chunyang Master Lu Tungpin, one of the most widely known of the group of deities known as the Eight Immortals.

If you are interested in Taoism and want to have a deep exploration, you can have a look at the 3 Days Chengdu & Mount Qingcheng Taoism Tour with Mount Heming. If you have got any ideas, please feel free to tell us and our professional travel consultants are here ready to help and customize the tour.

Chengdu Erxian Temple

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