An hour's ride north of Huizhou, and one arrives at the Chonxu Taoist Temple on the Luofushan. Luofu Mountain is one of four famous mountains in Guangdong Province. The Chongxu Taoist Temple complex here is regarded as the seventh Taoist Cave Heaven in China.|
The antique horizontal board hanging on the Sanqing Hall is inscribed with characters written by Emperor Jiaqing (r.1796-1820) of the Qing Dynasty.
In the Memorial Temple to Ge Hong, are the statues of Ge Hong (284-363) and his wife Bao Gu. Ge Hong's statue portrays him sitting cross-legged and wearing a golden Taoist robe. Ge Hong, in addition to being a famous Taoist theorist, was also a pharmacologist and lived during the Eastern Jin Dynasty(317-420). He came to the Luofu Mountain to practise alchemy and built the four temples Pidu, Guqing, Baishe and Sulao, thus establishing Taoist sacred places in Guangdong and Guangxi. The Pidu Temple underwent repairs during successive dynasties, and in 1087 it was bestowed with the name Chongxu by Emperor Zhezong (r. 1086-1100) of the Northern Song Dynasty.
There is well called Longevity. Well in the dining hall of the temple. The tea brewed with the well water is very sweet and refreshing. It is said that over 1,600 years ago, Ge Hong fetched water from this well to refine concoctions in his alchemy practice. Some noteworthy features around the temple are Ge Hong's Herbwashing Pond and the Zhichuan Refining Stove.
It is said that Sengcan, th 3rd Chan Patriarch stayed here for two years.