Last updated by chinatravel at 2014/10/28
Xianren Cliff is made up of three cliffs (East Cliff, West Cliff and South Cliff), five peaks (Jade Emperor Peak, Baogai Peak, Xianzhu Peak, East Cliff Peak and West Cliff Peak) and six temples (Wood Lotus, Stone Lotus, Iron Lotus, Flower Lotus, Water Lotus and Lingying temples. The five peaks, together with other lower peaks, seem to be bowing to Jade Emperor Peak in the middle. Thus the scenery is called “Eighteen Arahats (referring to the peaks) Paying Respect to Jade Emperor”. There is an isolated peak between Zhu Hill and Baogai Hill. The peak looks like a tower from far away. On top of the peak is Randeng (Lamplighter’s) Pavilion, in which is a statue of Randeng Buddha (Lamplighter or Dipam kara Buddha). As the legend goes, this is a natural lamp which has been lit from the fire coming out of the rock one night. Therefore, the place became a well-known tourist attraction --- “lamp light from the heaven”, one of the top 10 scenic attractions in Qinzhou. Actually, in the ancient time, Randeng Pavilion was one of the main constructions in Xianren Cliff. When it was deep at night in summer and autumn, there was always some phosphorescence shining together with the oil lamps and the candles in the pavilion, forming the special scene called “lamp light from the heaven”. There are some other cultural sites in Xianren Cliff. Xiya (western cliff) Temple was built in Tang Dynasty (618-907) and repaired and reconstructed during the following centuries. In the northwest corner of the temple you can see a tilted girder frame, which was a frame built in Tang Dynasty (618-907). The Arhat Hall is located in East Cliff, where there are the statues of the Grand Buddha and the eighteen arhats. Both the hall and the statues were built in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Randeng Pavilion in South Cliff was destroyed in a fire in Qing Dynasty (1616-1911), but some clay statues made in Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534) retained. The Stone Cliff Cave is the place where Zhu Zhihong, a nobleman in late Ming Dynasty, Wang Shiyong, a chivalrous swordsman in early Qing Dynasty and Wang Liaowang, a famous calligrapher in Qing Dynasty （1616-1911） isolated themselves from society and discussed Taoism. In the southeast of Jade Emperor Pavilion is a cliff cave where there are some grottoes, Buddha niches and some frescoes of Tang Dynasty.
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Tourist buses run between Xianren Cliff and Tianshui Railway Station or Beidao District.
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