Five Great Mountains
In the Chinese creation myth, Pan Gu’s head and limbs incarnated into the Five Great Mountains after he departed.
They are divine, magnificent, and spectacular, believed to be the path to heaven or the residence of different deities.
Therefore, in those great mountains, emperors held grand ceremonies to worship heaven and pray for blessing, and Taoists and Buddhists built temples to practice.
In addition, mountains seem eternal compared to human history; hence, they have accumulated many folktales and legends that have been passed on from generation to generation for thousands of years.
Therefore, besides amazing natural scenes, every mountain’s origin and historical and cultural values are also interesting.
Exceptional Mountain Landscapes in China
Besides the Five Great Mountains, many other magnificent mountains have amazing natural scenes, fascinating legends, and significant historical, cultural, and religious values.
According to Tao Te Ching, water is the finest good. It is soft, shapeless, stays low and indisputable, and nurtures everything in the universe; besides, it is the strongest force capable of destroying everything.
Confucius respected the water as insistent, targeted, and pure, which contains many good virtues that a decent person should obtain.
Therefore, besides the magnificent Yellow River and Yangzte River, lakes in China hold fascinating cultural meanings, as well as mysterious origins, attractive legends, and significant historical values.
While many modern cities look similar, some notable ancient towns in China are unique, beautiful, and hold great architectural and cultural values.