Taoyuan Holy City

Located inside Heming Township in Dayi County, Chengdu, Sichuan province, Mount Heming, a southern branch of Mount Qingcheng at the eastern foot of Qionglai mountain range, is within a distance of 13 km to the downtown Dayi County in its north and 30 km to the Tianshi Cave in Mount Qingcheng, a renowned place of Taoism interest. Surrounded by verdant groves of cypress, lush growth of trees and grass and melodiously gurgling mountain streamlet, Mount Heming enjoys fantastic terrain and picturesque scenery. Guang Chengzi and Ma Danyang in Zhou Dynasty and the Immortal Ziyang all practiced cultivation and became immortality here. Zhang Daolin, a self-called Tianshi Taoist during the reign of Emperor Shun in Eastern Han Dynasty, conducted cultivation of vital energy and immortality and composed Taoism books here, thus founding Wudoumi (five dou of grain, dou equals 10 liters) Taoism, a kind of popular Taoism in the early period (anyone has to submit five dou of grain to become a member thereof). Henceforth, Mount Heming is regarded as the birthland of Taoism.
A great number of Taoists have tried to make pills of immortality and cultivate vital energy in Mount Heming since its established title of Taoism birthplace, Taoists Du Guangting in Five Dynasties, Chen Xiyi in Northern Song Dynasty and Zhang Sanfeng in Ming Dynasty, to name just a few, who have left numerous relics, poems and proses. Its unique natural scenery and well-known places of Taoism interest are a lingering attraction for literati and celebrities. The famous poets Luyou and Wentong, etc. in Song Dynasty once visited here, composing poetic prose to express their feelings.

Since the founding of Taoism here in the past 2000 years, Mount Heming has witnessed the construction of dozens of halls, pavilions, palaces and temples, such as Taiqing Palace, Wenchang Palace, Sanguan Hall, Yinxian Pavilion, Cihang Hall, Sanqing Hall and Yuhuang Hall, etc. arranged in close and continuous rows and has been widely worshiped in its history. Emperor Jiajing of Ming Dynasty once issued the imperial edict to designate Mount Heming one of the five major mandalas in practicing the grand national religious ceremonies named as Qitian Yongming (pray to heaven to grant perennial imperial power).

Mount Heming has its majority of Taoist temples damaged and destroyed amidst wars and in the mists of antiquity.
A huge investment was made by Chengdu Enwei Group in 2006 to rejuvenate the overall development of Mount Heming, covering an area of 22.65 square kilometers. Bearing the core value of “life-cherishing and boundlessly-benefiting nature of Taoism law” in mind, the reconstruction aims at building Mount Heming into a world-class place of pilgrimage and also a new mode of survival and a paradise of health preserving and rehabilitation for the broad masses.
Taoyuan Holy City has been listed as a key project of culture-oriented tourism by the people’s government of Sichuan province and that of Chengdu city.