The Tianyi Zhenqing
Palace （tiān yǐ zhēn qìng gōng 天乙真庆宫）
In the South Cliff View-site, the most famous architecture is a stone
palace named the Tianyi zhenqing Palace (tiān yǐ zhēn qìng gōng 天乙真庆宫). It’s said that after Zhenwu ascended to heaven, he lived in a palace called the Tianyi Zhenqing Palace. Obviously the followers of
Zhenwu on the earth built the palace. This stone palace is the one of the masterpieces of Chinese ancient architecture and is a representative of ancient Chinese stone buildings.
The Tianyi Zhenqing Palace is made of wood-like stones. The roof
beams, pillars, square timbers, windows, doors, joints and decorations of animal sculptures on the roof ridges, were carved from green stones and then combined together. The whole palace, accurately
designed, delicately structured, and exquisitely carved, is a masterpiece of the large Chinese stone carvings. The difficulties of building this palace on the steep cliff stretch our imagination to
The Tianyi zhenqing Palace was built by a famous Taoist
Zhang-Shouqing (zhāng shǒu qìng 张守庆) at the beginning of the Yuan Dynasty (yuán cháo 元朝) and was finished 27 years later. Zhang went to Wudang Mountain at
the age of 30 and led his thousands of disciples to reclaim wasteland, plant the land and cut the cliff and then left this marvelous spectacle for the later generations.
Spring, summers and autumns are the best seasons to visit Wudang
Mountain. The moutain can be chilly near the top and be sure to have enough clothes for the nights.You can stay on the moutain, but most prefer the convenience of staying closer to the town (called
Laoying “lǎo yíng 老营” in the past), which is some 25km from the main peak. In early April and early October there are dragon boat races at Wudang Moutain on the Han River (hàn
jiāng 汉江). Every
October, the weeklong Wudang International Tourism Festival takes place on the moutain with kung fu displays, photography exhibitions, and art exhibitions.