Must-see on Mianshan Mountain

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Yidou Spring

The Yidou Spring is a natural spring in the shape of a dou (a unit of dry measure for grain). Legend has it that in ancient times, Mianshan Mountain ran short of water, with a scene of desolation. One day, the Primeval Lord of Heaven came to Mianshan Mountain and saw the desolate mountain. He dipped his brush into the East China Sea and spread water on the mountain. Immediately Mianshan Mountain was covered with green trees. To guarantee that Mianshan Mountain would no longer run out of water, the god left several drops of water on the mountain which turned into springs, one of them being Yidou Spring. To express their gratitude to god, the local people built the Dongzhen Palace in a natural cave. A statue of the Primeval Lord of Heaven is enshrined in the palace. The beautiful hanging sculptures on the ceiling describe the history of the universe. Many other amazing natural scenic spots are located within a short distance, such as Elephant Trunk Hill, Deer Bridge, Gushan Rock or Mountain Fixing Rock.

Zhujia'ao Valley

Most of the stories of Zhujia'ao are related to Zhu Yuanzhang, the founder of the Ming Dynasty. Zhu Wusi, the father of Zhu Yuanzhang, once came to Zhujia'ao to practice Buddhism and pay homage to the gods. After Zhu Yuanzhang ascended the throne, his father believed it was because of the help of the Heavenly Lord. He went to Mianshan Mountain to offer sacrifices to the god. A succession of other Emperors from the Zhu family came to Mianshan Mountain to offer sacrifices to the gods enshrined here and restore palaces on the Mountain. The hall of the Dongxuan Palace in Zhujia'ao enshrines a statue of the Lord of Ling Bao. His head is covered by a ring of light, and his eyes contain the mysteries of the universe.

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