Last updated by chinatravel at 2013-11-4
Magu Mountain Overview
Magu Mountain is one branch of Jufeng Mountain that belongs to a larger chain Wuyi Mountain ranges. Legend has it that a Taoist named Dengziyang in Tang Dynasty lived in the mountain and studied Tao there. He was so eminent that Taoists from other places swarmed here to give lectures and celebrities of the time made visits of him frequently. As a result Magu Mountain became a Tao center in the southeast of china. In Ch’in Dynasty, great scholar Huazigang traveled all the way to Muruan for writing books. He had his own stone library. The famous poet in Nansong Dynasty came here for its reputation. The visit to Huazi Rock made him leave us quite a few poems to praise Mugu Mountain. There are steles on the cliff, the statues chiseled in line with the shapes of the hill and sculpture. All these show extremely exquisite craftwork. In Jin Dynasty, Gehong, a renowned expert in medicine, climbed up Magu Mountain and praised Kong Fu Spring as one of the fewest best according to his rich traveling experience. In Tang Dynasty, when Yanzhenying, provincial governor of Fuzhou at the time, was visiting Magu Mountain, he himself wrote a verse On Divine Temple of Magu Mountain, that was only second to the best verse Preface on the Orchid Pavilion Volume written by Wangxizahi, the most famous calligrapher in Chinese history. Li , a philosopher in Tang Dynasty came to Mugu Mountain to give lectures in Ten Saints Hall, which attracted hundreds of scholars from all over the country. No wander Wanghua, assistant provincial governor of Guangxi Province in Ming Dynasty, wrote in his book Collection of Prefaces on Mufu Mountain " ours is a famous prefecture east of Yangtse River, whose mountains and waters are renowned over every corner of the country, among which Magu Mountain is the particular one. Thus all the personalities from Jin, Tang, Song Dynasties and the celebrities of our own time came to visit it for its unique fame."
Magu Mountain is quite beautiful when the mists and clouds mix together coving some parts of the mountain, leaving us with the lush trees and perilous cliffs in a veil. It is also quite mysterious with a lot of caves and rocks in grotesque shape and the falls named "Two Flying Jade festoons" when you take the stone steps slowly up the mountain, you will see a pavilion at half way that is called "half-way pavilion". The falls are right to the left of it. Raising your head, you will see the two falls are exactly like two white dragons, flying down into the deep pool from a height of over 100 Chi. .The small water drops permeate the atmosphere like little snowflakes whirling around you or the mists surrounding you. Standing on the rock, you feel cool even in hot summer. It makes you calm down and comfortable. There are four Chinese letters "Yu Lian Shuang Fei (Two Flying Jade festoons)" engraved on the rock besides. They appear bold and rigid behind the curtain of water drops. No wander the ancestors wrote a poem "the water falls move ahead violently among high mountains. Brooks jingle amid thick forest."
Kung Fu Spring
The spring seeps from a crevice at the bottom of the rock into a narrow pit right with a width of a spoon. You can keep spooning and the water will never dry out. So it is also called "more than one spoon". The water is cool and clean. It tastes sweet and makes you refreshed if you have a sip of it. In Ming Dynasty, the provincial governor Shaomeidun wrote a calligraphy "more than one spoon" when he visited the mountain and drank the water. As if we could smell the Chinese ink of it even today.
Divine Tao Temple on Magu Mountain
The temple is built on a broad and flat tract top of the mountain with peaks around it. Ii is said that Magu (Maiden Ma) achieved ultimate enlightenment here. In the 27th years of Emperor Xuanzong’s Kaiyuan period(739 A.D), Taoist Dengziyang died and was buried on Magu Mountain. Then Emperor xuanzong had a temple built for the immortal Magu. The statue of Magu is till seated in the temple. She is chubby in figure and elegant in posture. Her eyes stare peacefully ahead and there is a vague smile on her face. And the other statues differ in shapes and colors, having all sorts of postures in a harmonious style. The temple is all goldenly brilliant.
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How to Get There?
Transportation is very convenient. Magu Mountain is 4 kilometers away from Jianchang Town, the capital of the county. There are national highway 206, arterial road Changxia line and Jingfu Highway passing through the county at the foot of Magu Mountain.
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