Lushan, sacred mountain

There are just too many places of interest to visit in China.  Lushan (庐山) is just such a  place, which is  abound with  beautiful scenery and memories of the legends of Chinese history. It is located in the northern part of Jiangxi province, close to the Poyang Lake. The capital of Jiangxi is Nanchang. Bus journey from Nanchang  to Lushan is about 2.5 hours.

Lushan, sacred mountain ia the title of this well made multi-part documentary of the Journeys in Time  series by CCTV.  The focal point is not the scenic points, but to connect Lushan to the cultural,  philosophical and literary past of China.  Historical reenactments of famous figures are aplenty in this documentary.  There are more than 10 parts altogether. Watching the documentary ignites the lust for travel. But it wll be sometime before  I can go again …

About 2000 years ago, the great historian Sima Qian wrote about his travel to Lushan in his famous  book Shiji. Ever since then many notable figures have visited and stayed here. One of them is Tao Yuanming (陶淵明), the famous poet of Eastern Jin dynasty era. Famous Tang poet Li Bai is mentioned in part 4. Other illustrious personalities include the great Song poet Su Dongpo and famous Ming philosopher Wang Yangming.

Link to the main page of Jouneys in Time documentary series 


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