(1) Brief introduction to the scenic spots
Yangqishan Mountain once was called Wnglingshan Mountain and Lushan Mountain. It’s 1,000 meters above sea level. In the early of the Warring States, Yang Zhu (or called Yang Zi), a famous philosopher went there and was puzzled by the forked roads that he couldn’t find the right way but to sob. Hence it got its name. There are range upon range of green hills form a lofty mountain with beautiful landscapes and pleasant weather. Its natural scenery, profound cultural attractions make it a top provincial scenic area, including Yangqi Putong Temple and Yilong Cave.
(2)Detailed introduction to the scenic spots
① Yangqi Putong Temple
Yangqi Putong Temple was built in the flourishing period of Tang Dynasty. It’s the courtyard of the founder of the Yangqi branch, a sub-sect of Linji Scet (one of the Chan Sect of Buddhism in China). It’s located at the foot of Shoutao Peak of Yangqishan Mountain, 10 kilo miles away from the county town. The whole area is 7,000 sq km, of which 3,000 sq km is occupied by the construction. Yangqi Putong Temple was first called Guangli Monastery. In the 12th year of Tianbao Period of Tang Dynasty (753), it was built under the advocacy of Chengguang Abbot. Then he was inherited by Zhenshu Abbot. Under Zhenshu Abbot’s Advocacy meditation hall and Buddhist monastery were newly built and enlarged in the Dali Period of Tang Dynasty. In the Qingli Period of Song Dynasty, Fanghui Buddhist Abbot founded Yangqi Sect and Guangli Monastery renamed Putong Temple. In its heyday times, there were hundreds of monks here. Entering the gate of the temple, one will find many buildingsin the yard like the Grandest Hall, Guanyin Stupas, Guansheng Hall, and Scriptures-collection Hall and many giant statues like Tathagata Buddha statue, Guanyin Statue, Guan Emperor Statue etc. and some wooden-carved statues such as Hufawei Buddha, Eighteen Buddhism arhats, and twenty-four Gods’ statues. Surrounded by green hills, the resplendent and magnificent Yangqi Temple has an air of great antiquity and solemnity. There are ancient pagodas and cypress trees towering towards sky. From Tang Dynasty to Ming and Qing Dynasties, a continuous flow of men and women went to burn joss sticks and candles in spring or on the birthday of Buddhism every year.
Yilong Cave is a natural limestone cave formed 180,000,000 years ago. The cave stretches as long as 4,200 meters, with meandering streams at the bottom. The streams make the cave more vivid. When the water flows across the flat section, the stream is as calm as floating jade belt. When it meets the fault, it drops down thunderously. Through the rock cracks crystal spring water gushes out continuously. It’s a tourist resort and sample depository of the natural karsts topography with many sights.