The Taiqing Palace, a sacred Taoist Palace, is located on the southern slopes of the well known Mt. Laoshan in Qingdao China vacation deals. Reportedly, there were once 8 temples, 9 palaces and 72 convents on the mountain when Taoism was at its height of prosperity. Among the existing buildings on the mountain, the Taiqing Palace is the largest with the longest history.
The prominent point of Taiqing Palace was that it was structured in 140 BC during the reign of Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-24 AD); it is praised as the second most imposing Taoist building in China. Although rebuilt on several occasions, the palace still follows the traditional architectural style of Song Dynasty (960-1279) which is highly distinctive. Covering an area of three hectares (7.4 acres), the Taiqing Palace contains 3 courts and 155 rooms.
Sanguan Hall - Hall of Three Gods
Sanguan Hall is located in the east court of the palace. The statues of the God of Heaven God of Water China travel service, God of Earth and other jinn are enshrined in this hall. There are two famous 'Naidong' Camellias which is one special winter-resisting species in front of the hall. One’s branches cover half of the court with a height of 3.5 meters. Its flowers bloom in severe winter and last for about three months, resembling burning flames. The tree has a long history of more than 600 years and can be seen as a precious treasure of the Taiqing Palace.
Sanqing Hall - Taoist Trinity Hall
The rectangular middle court consists of Sanqing Hall which is the main hall and other two subsidiary halls, which also have some reputed deities enshrined insideHolidays in China. Outside the Sanqing Hall stands a tall elm. It is said that the tree was planted in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). There is also a notable spring at the forecourt of Sanqing Hall and never dries up.
Sanhuang Hall - Three Emperors Hall
located in the west court, Sanhuang Hall is also rectangular in programming. The statue of Huang Di who is considered as the ancestor of the Chinese nation, sculptures of the God of Medicine, God of Agriculture and other ten famous doctors of the past dynasties are also positioned in this hall. The cypress in the court was planted in the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). A small tree drills out from the crack of the tall cypress, forming a grand sight.
The Taiqing Palace boasts large numbers of historical relics, especially inscription left by ancient notables. The stone walls outside the Sanhuang Hall were engraved with the ordinance issued by Genghis Khan who was an remarkable leader in Chinese ancient time. There is also a stele made by Kublai Khan, the grandson of Genghis Khan and first emperor of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). They are all valued treasure of the Taiqing Palace and even Mt. Laoshan.
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