A bird's eye view of Huaqing Hot Spring
from Mt. Lishan
Mt. Lishan has been the tourist destination of many emperors throughout ancient China's history. Many legends about the emperors can be heard here. In ancient times, the mountain used to be the place where Nvwa (the goddess who according to Chinese legend created human beings) did her Rocky melting and Sky-hole patching to save the world. The world famous Emperor Qin Shi Huang built his mausoleum at the foot of the mountain and left the magnificent Terracotta Warriors and Horses. In Tang Dynasty, Emperor Xuanzong and the beauty Yangguifei's sorrowful yet beautiful love story happened here. Even in Qing Dynasty, when escaping from Beijing to Xian during the war, Empress Dowager Cixi still went here for a few moments of pleasure.
Mt. Lishan Scenic Spots
Sunset Pavilion (Wanzhao Ting)
Mt. Lishan Sunset is one of the eight scenic sights in Guanzhong (the area between the Loess Plateau and Qinling Mountain in Shaanxi). The Sunset Pavilion (Wanzhao Ting) was built to appreciate the splendid sunset. From the pavilion one can have a bird's eye view of the Huaqing Hot Spring, the East Garden and the Wei River.
Remonstrance Pavilion (Bingjian Ting)
The Remonstrance Pavilion (Bingjian Ting), signifies where Zhang Xueliang and Yang Hucheng (both generals of the Republic of China) caught Chiang Kai-shek (the President of the Republic of China) and forced him to fight against the Japanese invaders during the Anti-Japanese War (1937-1945).
The Beacon Tower is where the battlefield report was passed and troops deployed in ancient China. At the end of the Western Zhou Dynasty, Emperor You married a beauty Baosi, but she never smiled once they were married. In order to make her laugh, he lightened the signal fire and teased the vassals. Later when the aggressors intruded, Emperor Zhou lightened the fire but no vassal came to rescue him and the Western Zhou Dynasty was then vanquished.
Laojun Palace (Laojun Dian)
Laojun Palace is the place where Lao Tzu is worshiped. Lao Tzu was an ancient Chinese philosopher and the founder of Taoism. The Laojun Palace is a Taoism Temple. It is said that in Tang Dynasty, Emperor Xuanzong has accidentally seen Lao Tzu's manifestation twice in the temple. The white jade statue of Lao Tzu was once worshiped in the temple, however during the Tang Dynasty it was partly destroyed in war. The statue is now reserved in the Shaanxi Historical Museum.
|Admission Fee:||CNY 45 (Dec. 1 - the end of the next Feb.); CNY 70 (Mar. 1 - Nov. 30)|
|Opening Hours:||08:00 - 17:00|
|Best time to visit:||May - June|
Getting There: Xian Bus / Subway Search