Last updated by orchid at 2013-11-14
In ancient times, Laojuntai was named “Xinglong Mountain Laojuntai Quanzhen Temple”. The rebuilding was resumed in the early years of 1990s. When Laojuntai was rebuilt on its fromer location and according to the former appearance, because the adjacent “Taiqing Mountain Hongfo Temple”was also brought into the range of it, so Laojuntai and Hongfo Temple were jointly named as “Taiqing Mountain Laojuntai Quanzhen Temple”. The specific foundation time of Laojuntai can not be traced. Qianlong Zhongwei County Annals records like this, “Laojuntai Mountain is to the east of Gushui (today’s Binggou, Changle Town). It is surrounded on three sides by mountains. Because there is Laojun Temple in the ancient time, so it is named so. ”The ancient annal describes Laojuntai like this, the uneven temple resides in the recess of whilte clouds, and the green trees surrounding the cliffs hold to the wild tables; where to store up the fundamental wisdom under the post, and when to begin to burn incense in the cavity. The characters on the old stele are cut off into the deep moss, and the leasurely wild crane leans against the green moss; if you want to pay respect to holy wisdom at Hanguan, you must first learn about the wonderland from here. From this sentence of an ancient poem, “The characters on the old stele are cut off into the deep moss”, we may also see the long history of it.
Since the foundation of Laojuntai, it suffers many kinds of disasters time and again, military turmoil, fire, earthquake, and wind erosion. The worship hall is destroyed and the cultural relics are lost. During “the great cultural revolution”, the buildings of the temple and the old pagoda outside it are destroyed in a moment and become ruins. During the middle and later periods 1980s, approved by the religious department of the former Zhongwei County, the local people spontaneously donate materials and money to repair and mend its site and rebuild the temple yard. Until the early years of 1990s, the main buildings spring up on the flat board of the peak. The former grandeur of the temple is reproduced. The main buildings of Laojuntai take Nantianmen, Taibaidian, Zhonglou, and Sanqingdian as axis. The both sides are symmetrical. These buildings gain advantage from both sides. They enjoy an imposing air and form one integrated mass. Entering from the the east, three big characters, “Quan-zhen-guan” are written on the east temple gate. These sentences are written on the couplet of the temple gate, “the holy men from the east resort to this gate for Taoism; the Buddhists from the west have been here to comprehend Taoism”. Passing the east temple gate and walking southward, you will see the main gate, the south temple gate. The gate is built with bricks and stones in the shape of spherical vault representing that the round sky and the square earth. Stepping into the hall, “Taibaidian” comes into your sight first. It erects majestically. The east and west Wenwu Pavillions are on both sides of Taibaidian. Passing the middle pavilion, you will enter into “Sanqingdian”, the main hall. The mural paintings inside the hall are the picture of the eighty one changes of Laozi. These paintings are vivid and lifelike. There is a couplet on the door of the main hall on which the following sentences are written, “One world outlook lays the foundation of Chinese traditionally intuitive way of thinking. It directs us for centuries. Scholars of China visit this temple in deep and remote mountains and alleys. Two expositions on moral elucidate the principles and doctrines of the origin and development of the universe. Tourists from the whole world visit Laojuntai with the accompaniment of white clouds and refreshing breeze”. The ground floor of the middle pavilion opposite to the main hall is “Doumuge”. On the upper floor of the middle pavilion, “Guanqinglou”lies in the north, and “Yuhuangge” lies in the south. On the both sides of the middle pavilion are the east-west ancestral hall and east-west accompanying hall. In the northernmost of the temple yard, there are nine accompanying halls. In the middle of it is “Wulaodian”. “Sanmudian”lies in the east, and “Sanguandian”lies in the west. The middle main hall appears grander against these halls.
Solo Adventure Tips:
It is located on Xinglong Mountain, Changle Town, Zhongwei urban area.
How to Get There?
At the bus station, there is direct bus bound for Changle Town.
Ticket Price: RMB40
Openning Time: 8:30-18:00
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