Wuyi Mountain — Biodiversity Mountain and Mysterious Millennial Culture
What Is Wuyi Mountain or Mount Wuyi?
Wuyi Mountain, also named Mount Wuyi, is a UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage Site, with rich biodiversity and beautiful scenic views.
Taoist Temple Zhizhi An of Mount Wuyi
Wuyi Mountain is on the border of Fujian and Jiangxi Provinces, the southeast of China;
It is about 1000 square kilometers large;
The highest peak of the Wuyi Mountains is 2158 meters;
It has rich biological resources, with over 3728 vegetations and 5110 types of animals;
Wooden boat coffins on the cliffs dated back to over 3000 years ago;
There is a city relic from about 2200 years ago;
There are over 35 Confucian Academies and 60 Taoist Temples from the recent millennium.
Peaks of Wuyi Mountains.
What's Special with the Ancient Boat Coffins on Cliffs?
Dating back to 3750 to 3295 years ago, some boat-shaped coffins are laying on caves or stakes on the grand cliffs of Wuyi Mountain.
This was the burial form of ancient local Minyue Culture that was believed as a privilege of the nobles.
One of the most significant mysteries is how those heavy coffins were placed on such high cliffs with ancient technology, which is still unclear.
Ancient Wooden Boat Coffins in the Cliffs.
As to the reasons for this special burial form, there are some speculations:
To show nobles' authority;
It's closer to the sky, which made it easier for their spirits to go to heaven;
Beautiful Wuyi Mountain was believed a holy place where deities live;
To protect their bodies from beasts and insects;
It relates to ancient bird worship;
The boat shape presents their water lifestyle or ancient witchcraft that could take the dead's spirit to the other side.
History of the Two-millenary City Relics
At the foot of Mount Wuyi, there is a city remains of over 480,000 square meters large.
This was the city of the King of Minyue, a vassal state built at the beginning of the Western Han Dynasty (202 BC — 8 AD).
Decades later, a king rebelled and was defeated in the year 110 BC, when his state got perished by the army of the Emperor Wu of Han.
Within this city ruins, tens of thousands of valuable relics were unearthed, including bronze wares, potteries, weapons, farm implements, bricks, tiles, etc.
Together, they are showing great archeological values of the Minyue culture in the early Western Han Dynasty.
Eaves Tile Unearthed from this City Ruins — Minyue Imperial City Museum (Photo by Ding Liqing)
Important Cultural Sites
Wuyi Academy or Ziyang Academy
Built by great Neo-Confucianist Zhu Xi in the year 1183, where he taught and finished many of his masterpieces.
Zhu Xi's Neo-Confucianism then became the dominant ideology in the following centuries, which made Mount Wuyi an influential place for Confucianism.
The Wuyi Academy Built by Great Philosopher Zhu Xi
Wuyi Gong or Huixian Guan
Firstly built between the year 742 to 755, this temple was the place to worship the Deity of Wuyi (Wuyi Jun) by emperors.
Wuyi Gong or Huixian Guan, Photo by Chanjuan.
Xiamei Ancient Dwellings
Those ancient buildings and architectural decorations, including brick, stone, and wood carvings, contain extremely valuable information about the local inhabitants' history and culture.
Xiamei Ancient Dwellings at the foot of Wuyi Mountain.
Those big dwellings on the cliffs were believed shelters for people since the Song Dynasty (960 — 1279).
The wooden components outside were supporting frames for their "Tianche", a type of wooden cart to transport people and their daily supplies up to the cliff.
Ancient Cliff Dwellings, Photo by Xiujian.
Ancient Stone Inscriptions Throughout History
Ancient Stone Inscriptions, Photo by Minghu Shuishan.
Impressive Natural Scenic Views
Nine Bend River or Jiuqu Xi of Wuyi Mountain
Peaks and Danxia Landform
Seas of Cloud
One-Line-Sky or Yixiantian Canyon
Autumn View of Wuyi Mountains
Houyuan Villiage, Photo by Wuying.
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