is in the most eastern part of Gansu, on the upper reaches of
Jinghe River, it is a gateway westward along the old Silk Road
from Xi'an. Its strategic position and historical significance
are all important. Pingliang is famous as an important Taoist
fairyland. The spectacular sceneries are Kongtong Mountain, South
Grottoes Temples, Taoist Mother Queen Palace, Yunya Temple, Shigong
Temple, Liuhu Lake, and Longquan Temple, etc.
Kongtong Mountain, the earliest famous mountain of Taoist under
Heaven, lies 15km west of Pingliang City. The Mountain is in the
national scenery zone, has long been known for its majesty and
beauty endowed by its towering pines and cypresses, verdant bushes,
grotesque peaks, countless caves and jagged rocks. It is well
worth a stop for pilgrimage and Ecology tours.