Before we get to the main attraction in Zhang Jia Jie, we stop at the mountain temple called Zixiaguan. This Taoist temple was built in the Ming dynasty, about 500 years ago. In 1992, the temple was rebuilt thanks to a donation from the local residents. Several stone sentinels stand in front of the steps to the temple. They resemble ancient dinosaur bones, and also remind us of the iconic mountains that made this region famous. We start the journey up to the top of the mountain.
A large rock near the temple is inscribed by former premier Zhu Rongji. It says, “There are immortals on the peaks.” In fact, there are numerous statues of ancient superheroes perched on the peaks around the temple.
Of course, Hong and I just had to get our picture together in a unique love lock which represents life long togetherness.
The view of Zhang Jia Jie city from the top is spectacular despite the clouds.
In the entrance just outside the temple, two men are lighting two giant incense candles. Then they place the candles in the alter to burn for all eternity.