Huaqing Hot Spring, Xi'an

The Huaqing Hot Springs is located about 35 kilometers east of the city of Xi'an. Huaqing Hot Springs is located at the foot of the Lishan Mountain, a branch of the Qinling Range. Standing 1,256 meters high, it is covered with pines and cypress and looks very much like a dark green galloping horse from a long distance away. In ancient times, a black horse was called "Li", and this is how it got its name, Lishan.

The Huaqing Hot Springs is located about 35 kilometers east of the city of Xi’an. Huaqing Hot Springs is located at the foot of the Lishan Mountain, a branch of the Qinling Range. Standing 1,256 meters high, it is covered with pines and cypress and looks very much like a dark green galloping horse from a long distance away. In ancient times, a black horse was called “Li”, and this is how it got its name, Lishan.

The most romantic story that accompanies the history of the springs is that of the Chinese equivalent of Romeo and Juliet.

The Tang Emperor, Xuanzong used to spend his wintertime in company with his favorite concubine Yang here. Lady Yang, who was recognized as one of the most enchanting ladies in ancient China, was spoiled by the Emperor. He cavorted with the beautiful lady all day and night and did not deal with the state affair anymore. He built the luxurious palaces in this area for their personal pleasure and didn’t deal the state affair anymore. Desperate and madly in love, Yang hung herself to save the country and her lover’s name. The springs were renamed the Huaqing or “The Fair” springs, in honor of Yang Guifei’s beauty.

The springs is said to have remained so pure after so many years because the essence of Yang’s beauty infused the waters at her death. Today, there are pictures and poems about their love story hanging all over the place. This is a favorite site for Chinese tourists. In fact, there is not a great deal to actually see here, but the history behind the area is very vivid and colorful!

Link: http://geekdevoyage.blogspot.com/2007/09/xian-huaqing-hot-spring.html

written by eva_eva on 2008-10-31 in #world #locations

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