Mount Lu — Multi-Religions Lushan with Stunningly Beautiful Scenery

What is Mount Lu?

 

Mount Lu, or Lushan National Park, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for the beautiful natural sceneries, and being one of the most influential centers of education and religion in history. 

 

Besides a famous Confucianism Academy, Mount Lu also has ancient buildings of six religions throughout history, including Taoism Religion, Buddhism, Christian, Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity, and Islam. 

 

Ancient Buildings and Natural View of Mount Lu, Photo from Official Site of Lushan.

Important Data of Mount Lu

 

  • Mount Lu is in Jiangxi Province, the southeast of China;

 

  • It is around 302 square kilometers large;

 

  • The highest peak is 1474 meters above sea level;

 

  • There are hundreds of ancient buildings scattering on Mount Lu;

 

  • Mount Lu has over 900 stone inscriptions throughout history. 

 

Mountain and Lake Views of Mount Lu, Photo from Official Site of Lushan.

What is the cultural importance of Mount Lu?

 

  • One of the most influential Neo Confucianism Academies was built there in the year 940, which made Mount Lu a significant educational center in the recent millennium.

 

  • Mount Lu is an important part of Chinese literature, where had over 1500 famous scholars visited or lived, and left tens of thousands of poems, articles, and paintings to praise its beauty.

 

  • Mount Lu has been a site of six religions scattering on.

 

  • From the late 19th to early 20th century, people from different countries built many villas on Mount Lu, and when Christian, Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity, and Islam religions spread in this area.

 

The combination of building and nature, of eastern and various western styles, brought the mountain with great architectural values.  

 

  • Hundreds of stone inscriptions there are representatives of valuable art and the witness of history. 

 

A Stele on Mount Lu to Memorize and Compliment Zhengde Emperor's Success in Defeating of a Rebellious War in 1519, Written by the Actual Commander and Great Philosopher Wang Yangming; Photo by Zhang Zhugang.

 

What are the important cultural sites of Mount Lu?

 

Xianren Dong or Immortal's Cave

 

This is a natural cave, believed as the place that Lv Dongbin of the Tang Dynasty (618 — 907) had practiced Taoism and became an immortal.

Gate of the Xianren Dong on Mount Lu.

Donglin Temple

 

Since firstly built in the year 386, Donglin Temple has been a Buddhism holy place of Mount Lu.

Donglin Temple of Mount Lu, Photo by Feicui.

White Deer Cave Academy or Bailudong Shuyuan

 

Firstly built in the year 940, the White Deer Cave Academy then was reestablished by Zhu Xi (1130 — 1200), an exceptional philosopher of Neo Confucianism that had been the dominant ideology in Chinese culture for the next 700 years.

 

Besides Zhu Xi, many other famous scholars had visited and taught in this college, together they made the White Deer Cave Academy one of the most influential educational centers in history.  

Part of the White Deer Cave Academy or Bailudong Shuyuan on Mount Lu.

Guanyin Bridge  

 

Guanyin Bridge is a 24.4 meters' long stone bridge with a single span, built in the year 1015.

Ancient Guanyin Bridge on Mount Lu.

Guling 

Guling is the area where people from different countries built many villas in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

International Buildings on Guling of Mount Lu, Photo by Yin Xixiang.

 

What are impressive natural scenic views of Mount Lu?

Hanpo Pass or Hanpo Kou of Mount Lu, Photo by Dashenlin Taishan.

Lulin Lake of Mount Lu, Photo from Official Site of Mount Lu.

Wulao Feng or Five Olds Peak of Mount Lu

Waterfall Shaped Cloud on Mount Lu, Photo by Yin Xixiang.

Three-Step Waterfall, or Sandie Quan, of Mount Lu.

Sunrise and Cloud of Mount Lu.

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