Saturday, September 13, 2008

Mount Cangyan

Mount Cangyan is a scenic area in Jingxing County, Hebei , China, famous for its combination of natural mountain scenery with historical man-made structures. It is located approximately 50 kilometers southwest of the provincial capital Shijiazhuang and close to the border with Shanxi Province.

Mount Cangyan forms the eastern tip of the , its tallest peak has an altitude of 1,000 meters. The scenic area covers 63 square kilometers . The vegetation of the area is a forest of and Tartar Wingceltis trees.

The most famous building complex on Mount Cangyan is the ''Fortune Celebration Temple'' . It was first erected during the Sui Dynasty and is said to have been the place where Princess Nan Yang, the daughter of the Sui Emperor , practiced Buddhism. The various structures of the Fortune Celebration Temple are well integrated into the mountain topography. The central landmark of the complex is the ''Bridge-Tower Hall'' . As the name suggests, it is supported by a stone arch bridge spanning a narrow gorge. The bridge has a span of 15 meters and stands 52 meters above ground, it is constructed from 365 stone blocks. Under the bridge a stone staircase with more than 360 steps leads up to the summit.

Cangyan Shan was used as setting for filming some scenes in the movie , which according to the movie's story take place on Mount Wudang.