Zenfolio | Thomas H. Hahn Docu-Images | (Sacred) Mountains and Sites in China 中国名山宫观

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Created 27-Sep-06
Modified 12-Dec-14
This group of galleries comprises a photographic record accumulated over quite some time - it has been exactly 29 years that I have started to travel in the mountains of China. My first ascent was Mt. Emei, in late December 1981, not too long after the Cultural Revolution. Much was still in disarray on the mountain at the time, to put it mildly. My last ascent dates to December 2009 - Mt. Wuyi, which now ranks as a cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage Site and is included as "Lesser" Dongtian 16 in Du Guangting's hierarchy of Daoist sites large and small.

This, then, is an assemblage of sites following the Tang dynasty text on Daoist "Grotto-Heavens and Auspicious Sites" 洞天福地: 10 Major + 36 Lesser + 72 Auspicious Sites. I visited most of them (hoping to complete the list some day in fact), and hereby present some of my visual records and findings.

Note that those galleries which represent the "Big Ten" Grotto-Heavens are marked with a capital D and a number. Thus the marking D1 represents Mt. Wangwu as it is the first on Du Guangting's list.

Many of these photographs date back to fieldwork in the mid-eighties, and are film based. I switched to digital in 2002. Cameras used include Nikon, Leica and other brands.

In general, the central and southern provinces are well represented. A site in Gansu is not (yet) included. Likewise, not all locations in Sichuan are documented, either. I have worked with many texts extolling the virtues of each site, and have tried to capture the most pertinent features of each location as they were described in these traditional texts. Note that my own visual and textual archives on each site are much more comprehensive than what I am able to present here.

Thomas H. Hahn
Beijing & Ithaca
January 2010

D1 Wangwushan 王屋山

54 photos
Created 29-Jun-07
Modified 29-Jun-07
D1 Wangwushan 王屋山

D2 Weiyushan 委羽山

6 photos
Created 3-Oct-07
Modified 3-Oct-07
D2 Weiyushan 委羽山

D4 Huashan 华山 in b/w

34 photos
Created 29-Dec-06
Modified 29-Dec-06
D4 Huashan 华山 in b/w

D5 Qingchengshan 青城山

51 photos
Created 2-Feb-07
Modified 2-Feb-07
D5 Qingchengshan 青城山

D7 Luofushan 罗浮山

36 photos
Created 2-Feb-07
Modified 2-Feb-07
D7 Luofushan 罗浮山

D8 Rebuilding Maoshan 重修茅山

22 photos
Created 18-Jan-07
Modified 18-Jan-07
D8 Rebuilding Maoshan 重修茅山

D9 Linwushan 林屋山

9 photos
Created 21-Jan-10
Modified 21-Jan-10
D9 Linwushan 林屋山

D10 Kuocangshan 括苍山

5 photos
Created 3-Oct-07
Modified 3-Oct-07
D10 Kuocangshan 括苍山

Wudangshan 武当山

51 photos
Created 5-Feb-07
Modified 5-Feb-07
Wudangshan 武当山

Longhushan 龙虎山 (1)

47 photos
Created 9-Sep-06
Modified 9-Sep-06
Longhushan 龙虎山 (1)

Longhushan 龙虎山 (2)

38 photos
Created 27-Sep-06
Modified 27-Sep-06
Longhushan 龙虎山 (2)

Longhushan 2014 - The Dream Performance

40 photos
Created 12-Dec-14
Modified 12-Dec-14
Longhushan 2014 - The Dream Performance

Mount Wuyi 武夷山

46 photos
Created 30-Dec-09
Modified 30-Dec-09
Mount Wuyi 武夷山

Doutuan Mountain 窦圌山

17 photos
Created 15-Sep-06
Modified 15-Sep-06
Doutuan Mountain 窦圌山

Tongboshan 桐柏山

22 photos
Created 8-Jan-07
Modified 8-Jan-07
Tongboshan 桐柏山

Hemingshan 鹤鸣山

18 photos
Created 23-Dec-06
Modified 23-Dec-06
Hemingshan 鹤鸣山

Songshan 嵩山

15 photos
Created 13-Oct-07
Modified 13-Oct-07
Songshan 嵩山

Southern Hengshan 衡山

28 photos
Created 23-Dec-06
Modified 23-Dec-06
Southern Hengshan 衡山

Laoshan 劳山

19 photos
Created 24-Dec-06
Modified 24-Dec-06
Laoshan 劳山

Yaowangshan 药王山

20 photos
Created 24-Dec-06
Modified 24-Dec-06
Yaowangshan 药王山

Gaizhushan 盖竹山

9 photos
Created 8-Jan-07
Modified 8-Jan-07
Gaizhushan 盖竹山

Yuhuangshan 玉皇山

40 photos
Created 24-Sep-08
Modified 24-Sep-08
Yuhuangshan 玉皇山

Yandangshan 雁荡山

45 photos
Created 22-Jan-07
Modified 22-Jan-07
Yandangshan 雁荡山

Yandangshan 雁荡山 in b/w

13 photos
Created 22-Jan-07
Modified 22-Jan-07
Yandangshan 雁荡山 in b/w

Fengdu 酆都 China's Netherworld

31 photos
Created 29-Dec-06
Modified 29-Dec-06
Fengdu 酆都 China's Netherworld

Louguantai 楼观台

16 photos
Created 24-Dec-06
Modified 24-Dec-06
Louguantai 楼观台

Chongyanggong 重陽宫

7 photos
Created 20-Sep-07
Modified 20-Sep-07
Chongyanggong 重陽宫

Erwangmiao 二王庙

33 photos
Created 2-Feb-07
Modified 2-Feb-07
Erwangmiao 二王庙

Xinjin Chunyangguan 新津纯阳观

11 photos
Created 8-Jan-07
Modified 8-Jan-07
Xinjin Chunyangguan 新津纯阳观

Xianyinggong 显应宫, Changle county, Fujian Province

29 photos
Created 17-Aug-06
Modified 17-Aug-06
Xianyinggong 显应宫, Changle county, Fujian Province

Huashan Xiyuemiao 華山西嶽廟

7 photos
Created 8-Oct-07
Modified 8-Oct-07
Huashan Xiyuemiao 華山西嶽廟

Xian Baxian'an 西安八仙庵

11 photos
Created 13-Mar-07
Modified 13-Mar-07
Xian Baxian'an 西安八仙庵

Dongyueguan 東嶽観 in Pingyang county 平陽县 (Wenzhou 温州)

6 photos
Created 4-Dec-07
Modified 4-Dec-07
Dongyueguan 東嶽観 in Pingyang county 平陽县 (Wenzhou 温州)

Master Hongyi's retreat 弘一法师故居

95 photos
Created 24-Jun-07
Modified 24-Jun-07
Master Hongyi's retreat 弘一法师故居

Quanzhou Chengtian Temple 承天寺 (Fuji F40)

9 photos
Created 27-Apr-08
Modified 27-Apr-08
Quanzhou Chengtian Temple 承天寺 (Fuji F40)

Emeishan 峨眉山

32 photos
Created 31-Jan-07
Modified 31-Jan-07
Emeishan 峨眉山

Leshan - The Great Buddha 乐山大佛

7 photos
Created 11-Jan-07
Modified 11-Jan-07
Leshan - The Great Buddha 乐山大佛

Buddhist theme park I: Lingshan near Wuxi

28 photos
Created 13-Dec-07
Modified 13-Dec-07
Buddhist theme park I: Lingshan near Wuxi

Buddhist theme park II: Nanshan near Sanya

25 photos
Created 24-Dec-06
Modified 24-Dec-06
Buddhist theme park II: Nanshan near Sanya

Siguniangshan 四姑娘山 and Balangshan 巴郎山

65 photos
Created 11-Feb-07
Modified 11-Feb-07
Siguniangshan 四姑娘山 and Balangshan 巴郎山