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This is, in our opinion, the most weird of Chinese sacred mountains. It is covered with the ruins of massive, Roman-like Daoist structures, which were built, from the top down, by Ming Dynasty emperors concerned with their own mortality. Vast sums were expended to contsruct the many palaces, all basically identical in design. Huge stone gates and pavillions jut up without any sense of their environment. The pavillions more like military bunkers than religious sturctures. The mountain is spectacularly beautiful, but these structures are a blight. Only on the peak, by the Jindingdian, is there some sense of genuine religious peity as pilgrims and tourists burn incense.

 
 
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