Immortal Cave

The Immortal’s CavernImmortals Cave is located in the west ridge of Tianshi Hill, Mt. Lushan.It is a cave composed of sandstones, wind abrasion and water erosion resulted in the formation of natural cave.

Immortals Cave is a small cave where historically important finds have been made of prehistoric pottery shards and rice grains as well as the place Lv Dongbin practiced and became immortal according to the legend.

Hidden between the northwestern cliffs, the cave is about 30 feet in depth and height. Three Chinese characters in the Immortals Cave are engraved at the entrance of the cave. As the legend has it, the cave got its name by Lv Dongbin, a renowned Taoist who spent in the cave for years and became immortal.

On the top of the cave lies a huge rock called Buddha’s Hand, which reminds people of Buddhists residence in the early years. During Emperor Jiaqing’s ruling years in the Qing dynasty, Taoists started to live in the cave, and built a Hall of Chunyang in honor of Patriarch Lv. Afterward a famous Daoguan was built and it was popularly known as Temple of the Immortals Cave.

Inside the cave, a spring drops water from above, which brings it the nickname :Dripping Spring. On the ground, there formed a pond. Stone carvings are engraved on the cliffs around the spring which are the famous highlights on Lushan Mountain. Outside the cave lies a toad-like rock stretching out to cliffs. From the crevices in the rocks grows a pine tree known as Stone Pine, which inspired a famous poem by Chairman Mao during his stay on Lushan Mountain in 1961.
In 2012, according to Science, the earliest pottery found anywhere in the world, dating to 20,000 to 19,000 calendar years before the present, was found at this site.

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