Calm, peace and serenity come to mind when I think of Qingcheng. The mountain is known as one of the birthplaces of Taoism. There are dozens of Taoist temples, both large and small, dotting the mountain. Due to the fact that the mountain is relatively secluded, it attracts and inspires many writers, artists and scholars. The paths are paved and well maintained, like those of most mountains in China. I like to walk up to the small lake part way up the mountain. From there, we take a short boat ride across the lake, or walk around the lake. On the other side of the lake is a cable car. We usually take the cable up to one of the temples. Sometimes I sit and order tea and people watch. Other times I continue to walk up the mountain to see the magnificent views from a higher elevation.
The mountain is the inspiration for the panda habitat in the "Kung Fu Panda" movie series. In fact, the producers of the movie visited the mountain in order to create scenes that would be true representations of the panda habitat. The gate in the movie's "Valley of Peace" is based on the gate at the base of Qingcheng.
Whether it's Qingcheng or another mountain in China, beauty awaits you. Join me on a Chow Fun Tour!