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15 July 2015

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Xingzi Palace: a National Treasure on Mountaintop

 

Photos taken on June 4, 2016 show the ancient building complex of Xingzi Palace on the top of Xingde Mountain, which is located at the border areas of Taoyuan County and Cili County. Xingde Mountain is a famous Taoist mountain whose summit is 845 meters above the sea level. It is known as the “Wudang Mountain in South China”. These ancient buildings are made of purple sandrock which is easy to access on the mountain. They are structured with a series of exquisite imitative-wood dougong (a system of brackets inserted between the top of a column and a crossbeam) that are rare seen in Hunan and even in China. The ancient buildings are regarded as “living fossils” in the study of ancient architecture and history of Taoist culture. The complex was listed as key cultural relics under state protection.

 

Xingzi Palace is located on Xingde Mountain, Mingxing Village, Reshi Town, Taoyuan County, Changde City.


Chinese source: hunan.gov.cn