|UNESCO #1001 - Mount Qingcheng - CHINA|
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Mt Qingcheng - CHINA - UNESCO #1001
Finally I received my 400th UNESCO WHS! Still a long way from finishing (according to all the veteran collectors, the first half is the easiest part and the last 10% are really a tough challenge) but I'm really happy and somehow impressed how fast my UNESCO postcard collection grew over the last year. This one came from China and it shows Mount Qingcheng, birthplace of the Taoism - it has the reputation of being the most tranquil place in the world. Thank you very much Heng for another great swap and for sending me the 400th site in my collection (just 581 to go). This postcard took 25 days to arrive!
Mount Qingcheng, dominating the Chengdu plains to the south of the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, is a mountain famous in Chinese history as the place where in 142 CE the philosopher Zhang Ling founded the doctrine of Chinese Taoism. Most of the essential elements of Taoism culture are embodied in the teachings of Taoism that emanated from the temples that were subsequently built on the mountain during the Jin and Tang dynasties. The mountain resumed its role as the intellectual and spiritual centre of Taoism in the 17th century.