What do a giant superhero, a misplaced sphinx and remote monastery and movie all have in common?
The Sphinx standing alongside its logical neighbour, Iron Man, in Shijiazhuang Capital of Hebei Province, China
Not exactly abandoned, but quirky as hell and fairly remote !!
Where on Earth is Shijiazhuang ?
Shijiazhuang Capital of Hebei Province, China (Don't these buildings all look like robots?)
The weird world of facsimile landmarks made the news after Egypt vented fury at China when a full-size replica of
the Great Sphinx of Giza reappeared at a theme park in the northern city of Shijiazhuang. This comes two years
after pressure from Cairo forced the structure to be torn down. Officials from Cairo complained that the structure
is an insult to Egypt’s cultural heritage and a violation of the country’s intellectual property. They are now taking
measures through Unesco to have the replica Sphinx taken down.
China's Equivalent to the Sphinx Would be a Buddhist Monastery
Try build one of these in Egypt..
Fortune Celebration Temple on Mount Cangyan in Jingxing County near Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei Province, China
Mount Cangyan (Chinese: 苍岩山;; pinyin: Cāngyán Shān; literally: "Green Cliff Mountain") is a scenic area in Jingxing County,
famous for its combination of natural mountain scenery with historical man-made structures. It was featured in a scene of the
Chinese movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
The most famous building complex on Mount Cangyan is the Fortune Celebration Temple (Chinese: 福庆寺; pinyin: Fúqìng Sì). It was
first erected during the Sui Dynasty and is said to have been the place where Princess Nan Yang, the daughter of the Sui Emperor
Yang, practiced Buddhism. The various structures of the Fortune Celebration Temple (the Tablets House, the Hall of the Heavenly Kings,
the Hall of the Giant Buddha, the Bridge-Tower Hall, the Buddhist Canon Depository) are well integrated into the mountain topography.
The central landmark of the complex is the Bridge-Tower Hall (Chinese: 桥楼殿; pinyin: Qiáolóu Diàn). As the name suggests, it is
supported by a stone arch bridge spanning a narrow gorge. The bridge has a span of 15 meters and stands 52 meters above ground,
it is constructed from 365 stone blocks. Under the bridge a stone staircase with more than 360 steps leads up to the summit.
The Fortune Celebration Temple was first erected during the Sui Dynasty and is said to have been the place where
Princess Nan Yang, the daughter of the Sui Emperor Yang, practiced Buddhism. The various structures of the Fortune Celebration
Temple (the Tablets House, the Hall of the Heavenly Kings, the Hall of the Giant Buddha, the Bridge-Tower Hall, the Buddhist
Canon Depository) are well integrated into the mountain topography. The central landmark of the complex is the Bridge-Tower Hall.
Rosewoods in the Valley is a unique scene at the Cangyan Mountain, The rosewoods’ roots are exposed without bark or pith.
They either grow out of the bluff or the perilous cliff, just like artworks of root carving. According to legend, Nanyang Princess’s dress got caught on the branches of the rosewood, so she said angrily, " If some day I become
an immortal by practicing Buddhism, I’ll peel your bark and cut out your pith. " Later, it really turned out that the
rosewoods have no bark or pith. The cypresses at the Cangyan Mountain are more peculiar. No matter Where they grow, after
thousands of years, the crowns of the cypresses all grow facing one direction, namely ，facing the Memorial Temple of
Nanyang Princess Local people call it " ancient cypresses facing the saint ".
More stuff about Mount Cangyan : https://pigshitpoet.livejournal.com/2940622.html
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