The Seven Wonders of China: Part 4/5

Mount Wudang is home to eight palaces, seventy-two temples in caves, thirty-nine bridges, thirty-six nunneries, twelve pavilions, and two temples.

During the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1643 AD), Mt. Wudang was known as a grand spectacle of all ages and is one of the best examples of ancient-religious architecture anywhere.

The Golden Hall, a temple built on Mt. Wudang in the 15th century is the largest copper building in China. The ninety-ton structure was plated in Gold in Beijing before being moved to the mountain.

6. Shibaozhai (Precious Stone Fortress)

Near the banks of China’s Yangtze River, a twelve story, five-hundred year-old Buddhist temple made of wood clings to a cliff without the support of a single nail. Before the temple was built, devout Buddhists climbed the cliff risking their lives to worship the Buddhist statutes on the mountain.  The temple was built to resist high winds and remedy this problem.

To protect and save the temple against rising water due to construction of China’s Three Gorges Dam, the Chinese government had a radical and ambitious solution.

Continued on February 15, 2013 in The Seven Wonders of China: Part 5 or return to Part 3

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of The Concubine Saga. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.

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3 Responses to The Seven Wonders of China: Part 4/5

  1. johnmarbreis says:

    Reblogged this on my favorite orchid flower and commented:
    its simply amazing…

    • I agree. There are many amazing things to see in China and I have not seen them all. But I think Tom Carter, the author of “China: Portrait of a People” may have.

      http://www.tomcarter.org/

      Travel photographer Tom Carter, author of CHINA: Portrait of a People, traveled 35,000 miles for 2 years across all of China—a lot of it on foot.

  2. Hari Qhuang says:

    I’m gonna check out the video! I’ve always wondered what Wu Dang looks like. It is often mentioned in Kung Fu movies and TV series. :D

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