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The heart of Guangzhou's former European concession—France and England both set up shop on this sandy river island in 1859 toward the end of the Opium Wars—Shamian Island...


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Zixiao Gong (Zǐxiāo Gōng, 紫霄宫), or the "Purple Cloud Temple" is a sizable and aesthetically pleasing early Ming temple and monastery. Built against the slopes of the mountain, the structure is built in a succession of platforms that get progressively higher, offering increasingly attractive views of Wudang Shan's sea of jungle-studded peaks.  The area is very photogenic, so don't forget your camera. If you're there at the right times, you'll have the opportunity to watch worshipers bowing to the monks as they..

The Taizi Po (Tàizǐ Pō, 太子坡) or "Prince's Temple" bus interchange station sits about 5 km (3 mi) in from the Wudang Shan scenic area's main gates. Here you can also pick up buses going to other Wudang Shan attractions including Xiao Yao Gu (the Carefree Valley), Eight Immortals Temple and the Golden Top Cable Car Station by the Jade Terrace Temple. Taizi Po is a Daoist temple situated about 100 m (109 yds) into the forest. It's a nice place to spend an hour or two wandering around, enjoying the..

An ancient sentinel watching over the lush valleys and the picturesque Wudang reservoir below, Nanyan Temple (Nányán Sì, 南岩寺) is Wudang Shan's flagship attraction and is easily its most photographed. The temple is perched on a cliff at the head of a trail leading to Golden Top on Tianzhu Peak, where you'll find the Zhenwu Shrine and the All Gods Temple. From the Nanyang Tourist Center (Nányán Lǚyóu Zhōngxīn, 南岩旅游中心), where you can eat, sleep and buy souvenirs, including ridiculously cheap..

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