Lying in the eastern Guanzhong Plain, the city of Weinan is where the
Administrative Office of Weinan Prefecture located. It is also the native
place of Bai Juyi, a Tang Dynasty poet, and Kou Zhun, prime minister of
the Northern Song Dynasty (960- 1127). There are such historical sites
as the pagoda at the Xiajihuizhao Temple and the tomb of Kou Zhun.
It is in the southeastern Weinan Prefecture with Mount
Huashan to the south. Among its places of historic interest and scenic
beauty are the Mount Huashan Scenic Area, the Yuquan Courtyard, the
Xiyue Temple, the Taihua Mountain Villa, ruins of the Wei Dynasty (386-550)
Great Wall, and ruins of the Hanhua Capital Grain Warehouse.
Mount Huashan Scenic Area
Situated about five kilometers south of the Huaxian County seat in the
eastern Guanzhong Plain,. the scenic area is 2,160 meters about sea
level. It has the Qinling Range to the south, the Huanghe (Yellow) and
Weihe rivers to the north. Mount Huashan is one of the Five Sacred Mountains
in China known for its tall and graceful peaks that thrust toward the
sky. It is called "the No. 1 peculair and perilous mountain under
heaven." There are 121 natural scenic spots in the scenic area's
113 square kilometers of land stretching for 20 kilometers from the
foot to the top of the mountain. The unsophisticated yet elegant temples,
pavilions, stone caves, and plank roads are built according to the terrain,
making the traditional-style structures blend into a harmonious whole
with the natural beauty.
The Xiyue Temple
Standing at the eastern end of Yuezhen Town, five
kilometers from the foot of Mount Huashan and 1.5 kilometers east of
Huayin City, the temple is built for offering sacrifices to the god
of Mount Huashan. The rectangular temple composed of the inner and outer
parts has an area of 13 hectares, with an layout resembling that of
the Forbidden City in Beijing. Jincheng Gate and the Haoling Hall are
the two most magnificent structures. The stone tablets in the temple
are treasured historical relics.