QingchengMountain Scenic Area
Located southwest of Dujiangyan City and 68 km from Chengdu, Mt Qingcheng is one of the major Taoism birthplaces in China. As a World Natural Heritage site, it is one of the country?s most historically important mountains and key national tourism destinations. In 2000, together with Dujiang Dam, it was listed by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site. Laoxiaoding, its main peak at an altitude of 1,260 meters, is known for its tranquility.
QingchengMountain has unique geology and landform, lush vegetation, favorable climate, green trees, steep mountains, winding paths, and interesting temples. There are 36 peaks, 72 caves and 108 scenic spots. As early as in the end of third century BC, QingchengMountain was conferred as one of 18 well-known mountains and rivers for national sacrificial rites of the Qin Dynasty. It is rich in charming natural scenery, such as gushing sunrise of the First Peak of Qingcheng Mountain, sunset glow of Chaoyang Cave, vast sea of clouds of Zhangren Peak, steep Ladder to Heaven, wonderful Yuanyang Spring, plunging waterfall of Hongyan Valley and clear Weijiang River. In 143 AD, Celestial Master Zhang Daoling, Founder of Tianshi Tao (Way of the Celestial Masters), came to Qingcheng Mountain and found the "Wudoumi Tao" (Way of Five Bushels of Rice) based on the Theory of Huangdi and Lao Tzu, namely the Tianshi Tao. QingchengMountain is the birthplace of Chinese Taoism as well as ancestral mountain and court of Tianshi Tao.
To get around Mt Qingcheng doesn’t require any specific route or plans. The grasses and forests delight endlessly, so fancy should be the guide. To overcome fatigue, stop for a cup of tea in one of the tranquil gardens. To curb hunger, take a break for a delicious vegetarian meal.
No trip to Sichuan would be complete without a culinary experience, and in this areas the four highly recommended specialties are: Chicken with ginkgo, Qingcheng Kuding tea, Taoist pickles, and Dongtian Milk Spirit. Other delectable offerings include: shipa fish, konjak (a potato-like vegetable) with roast chicken, and Mt Qingcheng preserved meat.
YuechengLake, also named YuechengMountain, is situated near GuichengMountain between QingchengZhangrenPeak and Qinglong Hill. Streams originated from the First Peak of Qingcheng Mountain converge here and form a small lake with an area of 30,000 sq.m. It''s said that this is the place where Minshan Zhenren retreated, who was the teacher of Huangdi and leader of Eight Immortals from Sichuan; and Liu Haichan, a celestial being, cultivated and tempered himself here in the LaterShu Kingdominthe Five Dynasties.
Located in Qingcheng Back Mountain, Wulong Valley, also named Manhe River in ancient times, was named after that there were 5 fairy dragons living in the valley; with a length of 8km, it is endowed with overlapping peaks, steep rocks and deep valleys. In the green peaks and valleys, there are mysterious Jinwawa Pond, attractive Longyin Gorge Plank Path, charming Stalagmite Rock and Huiyin Wall, and grand Five Treasure-scrambling Dragons, Water-disgorging White Dragon and Rainbow in Water, as well as Peach Village and Taohuaxi Park.
Located on the top of Qingcheng Mountain, southwest Dujiangyan, Sichuan, it was built in the Jin Dynasty, rebuilt in the period of the Reign of Emperor Xuanzong inthe Tang Dynasty, reconstructed in the Five Dynasties by Wang Yan and destroyed by fire in the late Ming Dynasty. The existing palace was built in the period of the reign of Emperor Tongzhiinthe Qing Dynasty (1862-1874), mainly including Front Gate, Main Hall, Side Halls and Jade Emperor Tower; the Lord Lao Tzu Statue is placed in the Main Hall. The stone wall on west side of the Front Gate of Shangqing Palace was carved with "The Fifth Famous Mountain in the World" and "The First Peak of Qingcheng Mountain" wrote by Huang Tianhu.
JianfuPalace was built in the 12th year of Kaiyuan in the Tang Dynasty (724); it''s said that Ning Fengzi, Wuyuezhangren, cultivated Tao here; and it was Zhangren Taoist Temple at that time and then renamed "Huiqing Jianfu Palace". There are only 2 courtyards and 3 halls existed, which were rebuilt in the 14th year of the Reign of Emperor Guangxuin the Qing Dynasty; the splendid and magnificentpalace is characterized by clean and quietcourtyards dotted with artificial hills and pavilions.
From the front of the mountain 90.00 yuan, cable car: 35 yuan (one-way), 60 yuan (round trip); from the back of the mountain (20 yuan)
Don’t miss out on the four tastiest specialties on offer: Chicken with ginkgo, Qingcheng Kuding tea, Taoist pickles, and Dongtian Milk Spirit. You’d better not leave without trying shipa fish, konjak roast chicken, and Mt Qingcheng preserved meat.
Qingcheng, Dujiangyan, Chengdu
There is an express rail service between Chengdu and Mt Qingcheng via Dujiangyan. The first train departs at 6:40am and it takes 27 minutes to get to Dujiangyan, 30 minutes for the full trip. Chengdu’s New Nanmen Station operates a shuttle service to and from the back of Mt Qingcheng. The full trip takes about one hour. The Dujiangyan Passenger Transportation Center runs a direct shuttle service to and from Mt Qingcheng. A taxi service is also available.
When making your way around Mt Qingcheng, you don’t need to have any particular plans in mind. The grasses and forests will delight you wherever you are, so just go as you like. If you’re feeling a little tired, stop for a cup of tea in a garden. A bit hungry? Take a break for a delicious vegetarian meal.
Dujiang Weir Scenic Area
Located in Guankou, Chengdu, the Dujiangyan (Dujiang Dam) is a World Natural Heritage site. The dam is the oldest irrigation works in the world, built between 275BC and 251BC; it incorporates dam-free diversion, and has serve its intended purpose for the entire duration of its lifetime. It is the world’s oldest irrigation works still operational and is fittingly a World Cultural Heritage site.
As a masterwork of Chinese nation, Dujiang Weir Water Conservation Project was built under the leadership of Li Bing, Governor of Shu Prefecturein the Qin State, to control the flood of the Minjiang River in 256BC. The project uses the way of "water diversion without a dam" and mainly comprises Fish Mouth Levee, Feisha Weir Spillway and Baopingkou. It takes advantage of the natural terrain at mountain pass of the Minjiang River and flow rules of the bend, and integrates three main works into a whole, thus to effectively solve problems of diversion irrigation, flood discharge and sediment ejection, form a scientific and integrate automatic irrigation and drainage system, inoculate the "Land of Abundance" Chengdu Plain, and directly promote the union of Qin State, the first centralized dynasty in Chinese history. For over 2,260 years, Dujiang Weir has played a great role in irrigating the land of over 10 million mu.
Baopingkou (also named Bottle-Neck Channel) is a gap cut on the long ridge of JianshanMountain (now called Guankou Mountain and Yulei Mountain) toward the Minjiang River, and also an artificial throat to control the water inflow of the InnerRiver. It is named after its shape like a bottle neck with amazing function. The hill on the right side of Baopingkou, separating from its mountain body, is called Lidui. The width and bottom height of Baopinkou are strictly controlled; the ancient people carved dozens of division lines on the palisades, which was named "Water Rule", the earliest water gauge of China.
Dujiang Weir comprises Fish Mouth, Feisha Weir and Baopingkou. Fish Mouth, as a diversion dam built in the middle of river, separates the turbulent Minjiang River into Outer River and Inner River, which are used for flood discharge and diversion irrigation respectively. Feisha Weir plays a great role in discharging flood, removing sand and modulating water flow. Baopinkou controls the rate of inflow and is named after its bottle-neck shape. It works until now, so it is called the "LiveWaterConservationMuseum".
Feisha Weir Spillway: "spillway" is used to discharge flood and sand and regulate the water flow, thus also called "Feisha Weir". Feisha Weir is a part of Dujiang Weir, which looks very ordinary, but has a powerful function; it could be said that Feisha Weir is a key to protect Chengdu Plain against flood.
Located on the Inner River of Minjiang River at lower side of Baopinkou, SouthBridge is a grand ancient corridor bridge built between South Street and Fuxing Street. In the 4th year of the Reign of Emperor Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty (1978), Lu Baode, County Magistrate, used the surplus from the money for repairing Dujiang Weir by Ding Baozhen, to design and construct a wooden bridge, named "Puji Bridge". The bridge had 4 rows of5 holes with a length of 133m, and was opened in the day and closed at night. In 1958, the bridge was destroyed; during the reconstruction, the wooden bridge piles was replaced by concrete piles, and the arch type portal was built; with a width of 45m and length of 10m, the bridge still had 5 holes, but was renamed the "South Bridge".
Qingcheng Front Mountain: RMB 90; Qingcheng Back Mountain: RMB 20; Dujiang Weir: RMB 90;
Dec.1 –Mar.1 (Winter): [Dujiang Weir] 8:00-17：30 [Qingcheng Front Mountain] 8: 30-17:00
Mar.2 - Nov. 30 (other seasons)
[Dujiang Weir] 8:00-18:00 [Qingcheng FrontMountain] 8: 00-18:00
Qingcheng Town, Dujiangyan City, Chengdu, Sichuan\\ West of Dujiangyan City, Chengdu, Sichuan
There is an express rail service between Chengdu and Dujiangyan.