Taoists venerate sacred mountains, wherein they believe deities and immortals dwell, and which also provide tranquil environments ideal for their self cultivation. Therefore early Taoist priests lived on sacred mountains. Later, some Taoist priests accepted appointments at the imperial court, and lived in temples built for them, at the orders of the emperors, in cities. With the development and flourishing of Taoism, many large sites of Taoist activity were built in sacred mountains and cities, some of which are called "palaces" because of their palatial dimensions.
Mount Tai, Shandong Province
Mount Hua, Shaanxi Province
The Forbidden City on Mount Wudang
The Nanyan Taoist Palace on Mount Wudang
The ruins of the Yuxu Taoist Palace on Mount Wudang
The Golden Peak of Mount Wudang
Mount Qingcheng, Sichuan Province
Mount Wangwu, Henan Province
Mount Kongdong, Gansu Province
White Cloud Mountain, Shaanxi Province
The Chongyang Taoist Palace in Shaanxi Province.
Mount Zhongnan, Shaanxi Province
The Eight-Diagram Gate of Lingzhi Garden at the Celestial Master's Residence on Dragon and Tiger Mountain, Jiangxi Province.
The White Cloud Temple, Beijing
The Black Goat Taoist Palace in Chengdu
The Eight Immortals Taoist Palace in Xi'an
Yongle Taoist Palace in Shanxi Province
The Temple of the God of the Town in Shanghai
The Laojuntai Temple of the Quanzhen Sect in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region
The Fung Ying Seen Koon in Hong Kong
The Mazu Temple in Macao
The Zhinan Taoist Palace in Taipei
(China.org.cn April 20, 2007)