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Weibao Mountain: The Cradle of Nanzhao Kingdom

Weibao Mountain DaliLying in the south of Weishan County, with a total area of 19.4 square kilometers and its peak 2509 meters, Weibao Mountain was the birthplace of Nanzhao State and well-known for its sacred Taoist site. And it is also one of the famous mountains in southwest China with a good reputation of "the quietest place being in Weibao in the world". This is recorded in the historical books of different dynasties. The history of Weishan's rising is recorded in "Cause of Weishan" of Tang Dynasty and "Picture Biography of Nanzhao" (by words). And along the south and north side of its peak, there are over 20 palaces or temples, among which Qingwei Temple, Doulao Pavilion, Peihe Tower and Changchun Cave are the largest. A large temple named Xunshan Temple , where Xi nuluo, namely, the first was mainly offered, is different from other famous Taoist mountains.

Weibao Mountain was ever the farmland of the ancestor of Nanzhao, Xi Nuluo, who took refuge from Ailao Mountain to Mingshechuan and planted in Wei Mountain. According to the demise of King Zhangle Jinqiu of Jianning State, he founded Great Meng Kingdom and called himself King Qijia. Later, his descendants unified five Zhaos and established the brilliant government of Nanzhao in southwest China.

Weibao Mountain DaliWeibao Mountain is one of famous Taoist mountains in China. According to the historical books, in Han Dynasty, Taoist Meng You (elder brother of Meng Huo) began to preach Taoism here. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the Taoists in Wudang Mountain of Hubei and Qingcheng Mountain of Sichuan moved to Weibao Mountain and built more than Taoist temples, such as Zhunti Pavilion, Ganlu Pavilion, Bao'en Hall, Xunshan Hall, Wenchan Palace, Zhunjun Pavilion, Laojun Hall, Yuhuang Pavilion, Sanhuang Hall, Pavilion of Kwan-yin, Kuixing Pavilion,Doulao Pavilion, Sanqing Hall, Daoyuan Hall, Yunhe Hall, Peihe Tower, Hanzhen Tower, Hall of Mammon, Hall of Third Princess and Changchun Cave. This made Weibao Mountain the sacred Taoist site and there were hundreds of Taoists. These well-arranged, technically advanced, grand and elegant buildings reflected the religious and national features with rich and colorful sculptures and carvings. The Qing fresco, carved on the piers of Wenlong Pavilion in Wenchan Palace depicted the scene of song competition of Yi nationality. It was a very rare cultural relics. And it was highly exulted when its copy was exhibited in Beijing.

The vegetation in Weibao Mountain is kept intact and there are many rare trees, such as evergreen chiquapin, cypress and camphor. Since the late Ming Dynasty or early Qing Dynasty, the old camellia tree of 15m high and 28cm wide before Zhujun , has lived for 300 years. During early February, hundreds of bowl-like and red like rouge camellias are in full bloom.

During the period from February 1 to 15 (according to lunar calendar) the traditional Worshiping Fair is held. And thousands of people from all directions come here to visit.

In terms of history, religion, nationality, ancient buildings, animals and plants, Weibao Mountain is very worth exploring. In 1982, it was listed as one of 8 state-level scenic spots of Dali. Furthermore, in December 1987, it was granted to be the key protection unit of historical relics in the third batch issued by the People's Government of Yunnan province.

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