Travel and Leisure
Mt.Qingcheng, famous as the one of the most tranquil place in the world, is 49km from the capital city Chengdu and 61km from Shuangliu International Airport. It is a state Grade AAAAA scenic area and national tourist attraction, where the highest altitude is 2434m; the average temperature is 15.2c. There are 36 peaks, 8 large caves, 72 small caverns, and 108 scenic spots. On November 29, 2000 and July 12, 2006, Mt.Qingsheng was listed as world cultural heritage and world natural heritage respectively.
In 143 AD, a 100-year-old man named Zhang Ling traveled on foot to the foot of Mt.Qingcheng. He settled down in the quiet mountain surrounded by green trees and flowing water. He meditated all year round to summarize the theories that he learned throughout lifetime. Then he began to spread his doctrines around and founded the Taoism, the only native religion in China.
The central concept of Taoism is non-action, which means that an individual should work with nature, not fight against it. According to the theory of ‘wu wei’, the most harmonious way to live our life is to act like the water in a river by following the natural and predetermined route. Taoists believe that the universe is originally full of chaos and turmoil, but the perfect balance of yin and yang created calmness.
Just like the old saying of Taoism goes: ‘The Tao that can be uttered is not the eternal Tao; the name which can be named is not the eternal name’, the mysterious relationship between Mt.Qingcheng and Taoism cannot be interpreted overnight. Only by immersing yourself into the interactive practices with Daoism, can you gradually get a deeper insight into Mt.Qingcheng and Daoism.