Longhu Shan – Temple of the Celestial Masters and the Lion

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We didn’t see much in our trip to Longhu Shan because of the rain and the flood in the river.

We came across the Temple of the Celestial Masters, with some impressive architecture.DSCF0871

Near the main gate, we saw a pair of Lions.

Never know whether medieval China has any lions as today this animal does not exist in the country.DSCF0870

Here is a close up view of the face of the lion near the main gate of the temple.

Also near the temple is this drum tower.DSCF0866

Inside the temple we also saw this symbol of Ying Yang- I have never seen one in these colors.DSCF0872

The trip was a bit of a disappointment!

Zhang Daoling – Founder and First Patriarch of the Tianshidao

This is perhaps one of the most frightening statues I have seen in my trip to Longhu Shan.

This is Zhang Daoling, the first Celestial Master of China, who has founded Taoism.

In my childhood days, I understand Zhang is the guy who can capture devilish ghosts!DSCF0861

The following is extracted from the British Britannica:

Zhang Daoling, Wade-Giles romanization Chang Tao-ling   (born 34 ce, Pei, Jiangxi, China—died 156, Hanzhong), founder and first patriarch of the Tainshidao (“Way of the Celestial Masters”) movement within Daoism.Zhang settled in the Sichuan area and there studied Daoism sometime during the reign of Shundi (125–144) of the Dong (Eastern) Han dynasty. Zhang claimed to have received a revelation from the great sage Laozi and began to prophesy the coming of a time called Great Peace (Taiping). According to tradition, he composed the Xiang’er commentary to the Daodejing to propagate his movement.

Longhu Shan – the Mountains of Dragons and Tigers

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The river by the Longhu Shan was flooded when we were there.

Of course, we were disappointed. The original itinerary was that we will take a boat ride on the river over-viewing the mountain, this was to be followed by a demonstration as to how coffins were lifted to the sides of the mountains as hanging coffins. They were cancelled.

Well, we can’t control the weather, the floods and the mud ladened swift flowing river.

Herewith in italics is an introduction of Mount Longhu from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.DSCF0893

Mount Longhu (Chinese: ; literally: “”Dragon Tiger Mountain””, ), is located in Jiangxi, China. It is famous for being one of the birthplaces of Taoism, with many Taoist temples built upon the mountainside. It is particularly important to the Zhengyi Dao as it the Shangqing Temple and the Mansion of the Taoist Master are located here. It is known as one of the Four Sacred Mountains of Taoism.DSCF0892

Mount Longhu also has cultural significance has a historical burial site of the Guyue people, who placed their dead in hanging coffins on the mountains cliff faces.

In August 2010 UNESCO inscribed Mount Longhu on the World Heritage List as part of the complex of six sites that make up the China Danxia.