Famous scenic spots in Taihang

By Yuan Shenggao (China Daily)

Huangcheng Xiangfu

Huangcheng Xiangfu, which literally means "imperial prime minister's residence", is located in Huangcheng village of Yangcheng county.

It was the residence of Chen Tingjing, a renowned prime minister during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Chen was the teacher of Emperor Kangxi and was the country's prime minister for about half a century.

As it offered accommodation to Kangxi when he visited Shanxi, the scale of the residence is among the largest of all officials' residences in China.

Covering 36,580 square meters, the complex has 16 courtyards and 640 rooms.

Impressive monuments and scenic spots in this tourist destination include an imposing stone archway with exquisite engravings, well-decorated rooms, classical gardens, an ancestral temple and a private school.

Mount Wutai

With its five flat-top peaks, Mount Wutai is a sacred Buddhist mountain located in Xinzhou city in northern Shanxi.

The cultural landscape is home to 41 Buddhist temples.

Among them is the Foguang Temple, with its eastern main hall being the longest surviving wooden structure in China. The hall was built during the late Tang Dynasty, with life-size clay statues.

Mount Wutai also features the Ming Dynasty Shuxiang Temple with a huge complex of 500 statues representing Buddhist stories woven into three-dimensional pictures.

Wutai is the holy mountain specially dedicated to Manjusri-the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. With temples built from the 1st century AD to the early 20th century, it has a far-reaching influence on China's Buddhism.

Mount Wutai is also the highest mountain in North China with its main peak standing 3,061 m above sea level.

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