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The Chou dynasty Shu-ching (“the History Classic”, “the Book of History”, “the
Book of Documents”) is one of the world’s oldest historical documents, relating
vernacular, religious and legendary drama of China
The map of the pilgrim’s paths in this mountain was published in The
Illustrated London News for 20
There’s too much not-known history here for me to make much of a comment on this map. One item that did catch my interest though is found near the peak, the “tablet without Inscription”. It is evidently a massive monolith put in place around 110 AC. It has but one work incised in it: the ideogram for “Lord”.
*pilgrimage - ch' ao-shan chin-hsiang - means 'paying one's respect to a mountain'
**The five sacred mountains include:
Tai Shan, Taoist mountain of the east, Shandong
province, 1545 meters.
Heng Shan Bei, Taoist mountain of the north, Shanxi
province, 2017 meters.
Hua Shan, Taoist mountain of the west, Shanxi
province, 1997 meters.
Heng Shan Nan, Taoist mountain of the south, Hunan
province, 1290 meters.
Song Shan, Taoist mountain of the center, Henan
province, 1494 meters.
This interesting image was made by none other than Gilbert Grosvenor (1945), the chair of the National Geographic. These stairs--1000 of them--lead to the South Heavenly Gate near the summit. At the time, these were still one of the world's longest stairways.