Kongtong Mountain, part of the Liupa Mountain Range, is 15 kilometers west of the center of Pingliang. Kongtong is celebrated for its natural beauty and has long been regarded as the number one Taoist shrine in China. It name implies the Taoist concept of discarding all desires and worries from one's mind and le ting nature take its own course.
It was a place frequented by Taoist priests as far back as the Qin and Han periods. Both the First Emperor c Qin and Emperor Wudi of Han visited the mountain. Taoist and Buddhist temples were built on the mountain during the Tang and the succeeding dynasties of Song, Ming, and Qing. Forty places of historical interest on the mountain still remain intact, of which the most notable is the hollow pagoda.
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