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With a height of 1000 meters, Yangqi Mountain in Shangli County is provincial key scenic spot combined natural scenery with religious and cultural landscape together, boasting its moderate weather and beautiful scenic wonders.

The origin of the name can not be researched, it is said that in the Warring States Period, a famous philosopher named Yangzhu lost his way when facing the crossroad of the mountain, so it was called Yangqi Mountain in the name of him. Yangqi Mountain is secluded with wonderful spectacles with verdant mountains, wandering brooks and streams and precipitous cliffs. In the history of peasantry revolution in modern history, Yangqi Mountain was a splendorous red base. The scenic spots conclude Putong Temple, Steles and Towers in Tang Dynasties, Cypress and so on.

Built in Tang Dynasty, Putong Temple is the birthplace of the Yangqi Sect, one of seven sects of Zen Mind in Buddhism. With mountains and lofty tree rimmed around, the temple is full of venerable and solemn atmosphere. The area of temple is 7600 square meters with statues of Buddha, Kwan-yin, Guanyua in it. As the birthplace of the Yangqi Sect, it has great influence in domestic and abroad, especially in Japan. One professor of Aichi University in Japan said Yangqi Sect had great impact in Japan with over 1 million disciples. At present, Yangqi Temple has been inscribed into the list of 24 provincial scenic spots in Jiangxi province.

There are lots of historical relics reserved in the temple: steles, towers and cypress in Tang Dynasty, and the tomb of Wen Shiting, thinker, litterateur and poet in Qing Dynasty. The two steles originated from Tang Dynasty are the only two in Jiangxi Province and were claimed to be the provincial cultural relic protection unit in 1957 by the provincial government. One stele is 2.8 meters high and 0.9 meters wide with 1350 words in it. It was engraved with epigraphs written by Liu Yuxi, a famous poet in Tang Dynasty for the temple, and it also was his proud piece of work. Another was built in 832 A.D, with a height of 2.8 meters and width of 0.9 meters, and 527 words in it. The calligraphy on it showed a natural and flowing style of writing. The two towers made of granite with simple, primitive and grand style of ancient architecture. Behind the temple there is a cypress planted by a Buddhist monk in Tang Dynasty, 31 meters high and 2.33 meters of diameter of the tree-trunk. Experiencing thousand years the tree is still tall and strong, flourishing and vigorous.