Xishan Longevity Palace is also called Yu Long Longevity Palace. And it is situated at the foot of the Xiaoyao Mountain of Xishan Township of Xinjian County, about 35 kilometers southwest of Nanchang City. It is the birthplace of Pure Brightness Sect of Taoism and has a history of more than 1,600 years. The palace is known as 12th cave heaven and 38th blessed land in Taoism.(total 36 cave heavens and 72 blessed lands in Taoism.)
Xishan Longevity Palace was built to commemorate Xu Zhenjun, founder of the Pure Brightness Sect of Taoism. Taoism believes that except for the world in which mortals live, there are 36 cave heavens and 72 blessed lands for the immortals to live in. Xishan Mountain where Xu Zhenjun practiced Taoism and passed way was the 40th blessed land. Thus, Xishan Mountain was also the "blessed land of soaring."
In Ming Dynasty, the then Emperor inscribed for the Palace and order to carry out a large-scale renovation to it. By the time of Qing Dynasty, Guanyu Hall and Longevity gate were built; the longevity reaches its climax.
In the Northern and Southern Dynasties, its name was changed to Youwei Temple. In the Song Dynasty, it was turned into a Palace and Zhenzong endowed it the name Yulong.Huizong ordered to rebuild the temple and wrote the tablet Yulong Longevity Palace for it. The rebuilt palace included 6 halls and 5 pavilions And it became one of the biggest Holy Lands of Taoism.
In the dynasties that followed, the Palace underwent a dozen of destruction and reconstruction. The present Xishan Longevity Palace was renovated in 1983. The layout of the buildings in the palace is in good order. The halls and pavilions are paralleled in two rows. The front row includes the Wealth God's hall, the Gaoming Hall, Guanyu Hall and the Three Gods' Hall. The rear row includes the Jade Emperor's Hall, the Lady's Hall, the Three Qings' Hall and the Mother Chen's Hall.
It is one of the most famous palaces in the south of the Yangtze River. It has become one of the biggest Taoist holly palaces in the country. Pilgrims and visitors come here in an endless stream.
Location: Xiaoyao Mountain , Xishan Township , Xinjian County
Entrance Fee: RMB 10
Opening hours: 8:00-17:00
Transportation: Take Bus No.117 at Bayi Bridge Public Bus Parking lot.
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