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Lingxu Cliff, very famous among the 36 cliffs in Wudang Mountains, is situated on Peach Wood Hill, to the east of the Five-dragon Palace. Looking around, the entire world is green; The mountain streams ring in the valley as if the voice of sea or thunder. As isolated from the outside world, it's an ideal place to self-cultivate. You can't help being surprised by the stable belief and lasting willpower of the former Taoists and hermits.
One stone palace is located in Lingxu Cliff with lots of sculptures of God of Origin, Zhenwu Emperor and officials of heaven in it. Looking through the dense woods, you'll find a bluestone building which was the famous Pavilion to Read scriptures.
As the famous Taoism scholar, researcher as well as poet Chen-Tuan once cultivated himself and wrote books here. Lingxu Cliff was quite renowned in Taoism history. According to historical books, he lived more than 100 years (about 108 years). When he was young, he read many books and had outstanding intelligence. At fifty, he left home and went to learn something on god and live a long time in Wudang Mountains. He lived in Wudang for years and developed a famous sleeping way-the Five Dragon Sleeping Way. It is said he could sleep for about 100 days without awaking. He said his sleeping was different from common people's. The seclular always seek fame and wealth and awake several times without any quietness, although they snore loudly. His sleeping way became a unique way of health care.
He was given the names Qingxu Scholar, White Cloud Hermit and Xiyi Scholar by the emperors of several dynasties. He had lived in Wudang Mountains for more than 20 years and then moved to Hua Mountain, for he was tired of others' visits.
The Hermit Cliff is one big cave among the 36 cliffs on Wudang Mountains. In the 10th year of Yongle rule of the Ming Dynasty (1413 A.D.), three temples were built to worship Emperor Zhenwu, God Deng and Lv- Dongbin (gods of Taoism).
According to the historical data, there were many hermits who attained the highest state of spiritual enlightenment in ancient times. A Taoist called Fang-Changxu planted trees on the mountains all the year round no matter how terrible the weather is. One day when he woke up, he found himself fully bearded and from then on he was invisible. It was said that he had become a god by the wish of the people. Therefore, it's not difficult to become god; if you do good deeds all your life, you will be considered a god by the people.
In the stone palace of Hermit Cliff, there are stone statues. The figures look very desolate and their clothes very distinctive. As a result of archive research, it was discovered that the two statues are God of Sun and God of Moon, which Taoism worships. In Taoism, there are the Emperor of the Sun and the Emperor of the Moon. In the ancient culture, legends about the sun and the moon and their applications were widely spreaded, which is an important cultural phenomenon. That the Emperor of the Sun and the Emperor of the Moon appeared in the Hermit Cliff at the same time is reasonable enough to warrant further study of their cultural background and significance.
Huayang Cliff, a natural cave, is located to the east of the Five Dragon Palace, back to a high cliff and facing a deep valley. It is a comfortable place for self-cultivation, as the trees flourish in front and falling vines look like green curtain. According to the legend, a Taoist called Yang Huayang cultivated in this cave and lived for more than 100 years, so the cave was named Huayang Cliff after the Taoist.
Huayang Cliff has a long history. Many Taoists and hermits cultivated and set up a lot of small buildings in Wudang Mountain, one of which was Huayang Cliff. A self-made sculpture of Li Mingliang, a famous Taoist in Yuan Dynasty is preserved here. Li was famous for his contribution to the construction of the Five Dragon Palace in the middle-late Yuan Dynasty. His sculpture was built in 1345 and valuable for the study of history and culture.
It is said in The Story of Huayang Cliff that Wudang MountainS have a long history and can remove calamity and bring good luck for people. There are numerous cliffs and caves that can be resided, among which Huayang Cliff is the most beautiful one.
The Five-dragon Palace view-site is of great importance in the development of Wudang Taoism, which was called the palace of efficacy in history. The famous ancient Taoists such as Yin-xi, Yin-gui, Ma- Mingsheng and Chen-tuan all succeeded in cultivating themselves here. According to the Annals of Wudang Mountains, there was a heavy drought during the beginning of 7th centuryB.C, so the emperor Li-Shimin ordered Yaojian, the official of Junzhou to pray for rain. Yaojian succeeded in dispelling the drought. So the emperor issued an imperial edict to build Taoism temples, which was the starting point for royal families to build temples in Wudang Mountains.
In this scenic spot, there are a lot of remains of temples, halls and palaces along the ancient road, from which you can sense their broad scope and great significance in that time.
There are many places of historical interest in this scenic zone such as the Five-dragon Palace, Huayang Cliff, Hermit Cliff, Pray-realizing Cliff, Lingxu Cliff, Temple of Kindness and Stateliness and also the biggest clay statue and the bronze statue of Zhenwu.
There is also a national forest reserve here; therefore, it's a place well worth touring.