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Photo of The Day: Saving poetry on stone


Dear Reader,

Saving poetry on stone is something you can easily find in China. These are golden writings that I found on Mt. Taishan, one of the Five sacred Mountains of China, near Qufu.

In ancient times, the first thing for an emperor to do when ascending to the throne was to climb Mt. Taishan and pray to heaven and earth or their ancestors. It is said that 72 emperors of different dynasties made pilgrimages here.
The temples and especially these writings carved in the stone are the testament of poets and scholars visits that came here to gain inspiration and save their poetry so that it could last ages.

Taian mountain golden writings Stanito

There are 22 temples, 97 ruins, 819 stone tablets, and 1,018 cliff-side and stone inscriptions located on this mountain. The golden one declares Mount Tai as the “Most Revered of the Five Sacred Mountains” on the “Sun Viewing Peak”. Allegedly written by a member of the Aisin Gioro clan and it is featured on the reverse side of the 5 yuan bill.

Taishan mountain golden writings Stanito

Mt taishan red inscriptions Stanito

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