Qinglian Temple Scenic Spot of Mountain Jue
The area consists of Jueshan scenic spot and Qinlian Temple scenic spot. The cloud enshroud twin peaks of mountain Jue set off by the blue waves of the Danhe river, and embellished with old and grand temples, rare trees and charming flowers, what a wonderful picture! It is known for “The first odd mountain in the Jin (Shanxi) and Wei (He’nan)” from ancient times.
Jueshan is famous for ruggedness and craggedness , and called “The first odd mountain in the Jin and Wei”, ”Petit Huashan”, ”Petit Wudan”etc. It is comparable to the craggedness of Huashan and the beauty of Wudan. The scenery “Jueshan Tu Yue” (Rising moon from twin peaks of Jueshan) is one of the four major scenes of Jincheng.
Jueshan scenery: Jueshan, also called Jiaoshan, with its jade green twin peaks, like two jades inlaying in the Taihang Mountain. It is a scenic resort perfectly integrating natural landscape with manmade buildings. Visitors shuttle among the mountains to see the cypress and pines on the cliff and the silent valleys. Quite a number of Temples and buildings were built on the twin peaks of Jueshan from Song Dynasty, such as the Xuandi Dian(palace of Monarch Xuan), Zhengwu Gong(palace of Wushu), Linggong Ding(Palace of inspiration on the top of the mountain),and the first second and third Tianmen(Gate to the heaven)etc. The temples were built in accordance with the shape of the mountain. Enshrouded by the cloud, they look like the island in the sea or the castle in the air. There are over 360 steps along the steep cliffs up to the second Tianmen. When you climb up the steps encircled by deep valleys, you will experience the gorgeous scenery of the Peaks and marvel at the wonderful works of God. From the foot to the top of the mountain, you can pass the Nantianmen (the south gate to the heaven), the second and third Tianmen, Guoyue Ting (Pavilion for moon to pass), and finally you will get the top where you can visit the Zhengwu Gong and Linggong Ding.
Jueshan Tu Yue: one of the four major scenes of Jincheng. It is written on the inscription “Note for the Building of the first Tianmen of Jueshan” in the 35th year of Jiajing(1556) in Ming dynasty(1368-1644) that ”On the day of Wang(full moon) in August, the moon rise between the twin peaks, called Jueshan Tu Yue. It’s worthwhile to visit”.
It is said that standing in the Kuangyue Ting (pavilion for observing moon) in the Qinglian Temple which is at the foot of Jueshan to look around, you will find a round moon with its silver like moonlight emerging in the twin peaks. The whole mountain with the trees, stones, rivers on and around it then is in the shimmering moonlight. The outline of the mist enshrouded twin peaks can be dimly seen in the moonlight, just like palaces in the heaven. This is the wonderful scene of “Jueshan Tu Yue”, also called “Shuangfeng Peng Yue (moon holding between the twin peaks)”.
Qinglian Temple: It is a state level key historical site under government protection. It was built during the Tianbao Period (552AD) in Northern Qi by Monk Huiyuan, named “Xiashi Temple”. Then Buddhist monk Shenmo cultivated himself here in the years of Daizong (762-779) in Tang Dynasty, monk Zhitong wrote “Liubonuomi Shu (an explanation to a sutra) in the years of Zhenyuan(785-804). In the first year of Taihe (827AD), Monk Huiduo came here to hold bodhimandala of saddharmapundarika-sutra and recruited great numbers of disciples of Buddhism. He also enlarged the scale of the temple. The next year, more monks and disciples came here, and the new temple was founded with Puxian (universal virtuous) bodhimandala. The temple was conferred the stele “Qinglian Temple” by the emperor, and the upper temple got the title” Fuyan Chanyuan” (Fane of good fortune).
The temple is divided into the old and new Qinglian temple.
There are 6 painted sculptures of Tang Dynasty (618-907) in the Main building of the old Qinglian temple. Now there are only 70 painted sculptures of Tang Dynasty in China, they distributed in three different places including the sculptures here. These simple but elegant lifelike sculptures all have various facial expressions. They are considered to be a rare treasure in the painted sculptures of Tang Dynasty. There are 12 painted sculptures in the south buildings, which are made in Song Dynasty (960-1279). On its inner walls there are two inscriptions built in Tang Dynasty and Song Dynasty respectively. The Tang inscription” The relic of Monk Huiyuan of Xiashi Temple” is very precious. The carving “Sermon of Buddha Mile” shows everything in the Buddhist temple of the Tang Dynasty. It is of great historic architectural value for the research on the temples of the Tang Dynasty.
The grand Sakyamuni Hall which contains 4 Song Dynasty painted sculptures was built in the 4th year of Yuangu (1089) in the North Song Dynasty.
To the east of the Old Qinglian temple, there is a Tibetan style dagoba which is built in the years of Wanli (1572-1620) of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and it is the only intact Tibetan style pagoda in Jincheng. The main scenic spots in Qinglian Temple are: Zhibi Tai(platform for writing), Sheshen Ya(cliff to sacrifice oneself), Guishan(Tortoise Mountain), Sheshan(Snake Mountain), Cuiping(jade green screen), Jing Hu Zhi Qiao(the beauty of Mirror Lake), Zi Bao Mu Old Cypress (shaped like a mother holding her son in her arms), Thousand years old Gingko, Kongdu Spring, Tianchi mountain, Qinglong Tang（Green dragon pond）,etc