A set of stunning photos have revealed the hidden beauty of a Taoism temple sitting on the peak of Tayun Mountain in north-west China.
Tayun Mountain, located in Chaiping town, is one of the most famous peaks associated with Taoism.
The series of photos taken by 'Da Qin Farmer' in September show the isolated temple with a golden top situated on top of the mountain. The temple worships Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy in Taoism.
Stunning images show the isolated location of the temple which stands on top of the 5,460ft peak.
'Ta', the Chinese word for pagoda, and 'yun' which means clouds, is used to name the mountain with its peak similar to the shape of building.
The tiny temple with an area of less than six square metres (64.5 square feet) has its four stone pillars rooted in the mountain's rocks.
Stone strips have been stacked up to make up the foundation of the temple, reports the People's Daily Online.
Built in the Zhengde Period of the Ming Dynasty, the cluster of ancient Taoist buildings on Tayun Mountain also include a guesthouse, pagoda, a hall and nine palaces.
The buildings have a history dating back some 500 years and are classified as secondary cultural relics.
Since the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) , the buildings have been repaired and renovated for five times.
Taoism, with a history of more than 1,800 years, is one of the mainstream traditional religion in China, according to a research by People's Daily. It places a strong emphasis on respect for nature as it advocates the worship of natural objects including mountains.
Currently, there are more than 1,500 Taoist temples in China.
InquiringTexan, My Island, United States, about 8 hours ago
MY KIND OF PLACE !!!
peahen, USA, about 6 hours ago
Very cool. I'd love to see it, but I wouldn't want to be in it during a huge windstorm.
awakenedexsheep, Up TNorth, United Kingdom, about 10 hours ago
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Sonya Griffin, BLACKBURN, United Kingdom, about 10 hours ago
i can't believe it has stood for 1800 years and not collapsed.
Stel, Philadelphia, United States, about 7 hours ago
500 years, still impressive though.