Kongtong Mountains in Pingliang City

Kongtong Mountains

Kongtong Mountains (Kōngtóng Shān 崆峒山) is one of the sacred mountains of Taoism. It is located in Pingliang City (píng liáng shì 平凉市), Gansu Province (gān sù shěng 甘肃省), People’s Republic of China. To the east of Kongtong Mountains there is famous ancient city Xi’an (xī ān 西安), to the west it is Lanzhou (lán zhōu 兰州), this mountain is the west exit fortress of GuanZhong flatland (guān zhōng píng yuán 关中平原) along the ancient Silk Road.  It is the mythical meeting site between the Huangdi (huáng dì 皇帝) (also known as Yellow Emperor) and Guangchengzi (guǎng chéng zǐ 广成子).

Introduction of Kongtong Mountains

Holy Piles of Taoism

Kongtong Mountains is one of the holy piles of Taoism. The Sacred Mountains of China are separated into a few gatherings. The Five Great Mountains alludes to five of the most famous mountains in Chinese history, and they were the subjects of majestic journey by sovereigns all through ages. They are related with the preeminent God of Heaven and the five fundamental infinite divinities of Chinese conventional religion.

The gathering related with Buddhism is alluded to as the Four Sacred Mountains of Buddhism, and the gathering related with Taoism is alluded to as the Four Sacred Mountains of Taoism. The sacrosanct mountains have all been vital goals for journey, the Chinese articulation for journey being an abbreviated rendition of an articulation which signifies “paying appreciation to a blessed mountain”. It is situated in Pingliang City, Gansu Province, People’s Republic of China. It is the legendary gathering site between the Yellow Emperor and Guangchengzi.


Kongtong Mountains is one of the sacred mountains of Taoism. It is located in Pingliang city, Gansu province. It is the mythical meeting site between the Huangdi (also known as Yellow Emperor) and Guangchengzi. It is said that an immortal named Guangchengzi once lived in a stone cave in the mountain, and the Yellow Emperor once came here to hear his preaching. So it is said to be one of the birthplaces of Taoism in China. Kongtong Mountain boasts dozens of grotesque peaks. It is covered with dense forests rolling from one steep peak to the other.


In the years as early as Qin and Han dynasties, Kongtong Mountain was the place where monks and Taoists lived together, and the Emperor Shi Huang of Qin (qín shǐ huáng 秦始皇) and the Wu Di of Han (hàn wǔ dì 汉武帝) have once climbed up the mountain.

In May 1986, general secretary of the CPC central committee inspected before HuYaoBang achieved with questions when book “kongdong mountain”; In January 1994, kongdong mountain approved by the state council as China’s key scenic; In January 2001, approved by the Chinese tourism bureau for China first AAAA tourist area.


Tourists can enjoy the wonderful landscapes, the beautiful trees and flowers, the interesting caves, strange rocks and the running clouds. With precipitous scenery of natural beauty and ancient cultural leftovers in collection, this mountain is worth for both landscape appreciation and cultural relics review.

  • Tanzheng Lake
    Kongtong Mountain is a rich water resource. The Yanzhi River flows from the north. Every spring, peach blossoms fall into the water and float on the current: a lovely sight. At the foot of the mountain, Tanzheng Lake flows calmly like a mirror, and its murmuring water sounds like a Chinese zither, giving the lake its name.
  • Danxia geomorphy
    The mountain is as gorgeous as if created by the spirits. It is verdant, elegant, and grand. The tree tops make a continuous succession like the huge waves on the ocean. It gives a perfect tour for unusual peaks, caves, stones, and floating clouds.
  • peaks
    It has more than 10 peaks. Little streams of Jingshui meander in the front gorge and swift current of Carmine River rushes in the rear gorge. The two waters converge at the foot of Wangjia Mountain, like a tiger crouching, a dragon curling.

Martial Arts

Kongtong MountainThe martial arts of Kong Tong Sect have six “Schools” (mén pài 门派). These are the Tai Ji School (tài jí mén 太极门), the Flying Dragon School (fēi lóng mén 飞龙门), the Pursuing the Soul School (zhuī hún mén 追魂门), the Life Stealing School (duó mìng mén 夺命门), the Drunken School (zuì mén 醉门) and, at the highest level, the Flower Form School (huā jià mén 花架门) which is also called the Divine Combat School (shén quán mén 神拳门). A unique feature of Kongtong is that its members do not use traditional weapons used by jianghu pugilists, such as swords, sabers and staffs. These schools contain more than one hundred forms, including the empty-handed Quan fa (fist) and Hangfa (palm) forms and other forms using the eighteen orthodox weapons (swords, spears, etc.) found in Chinese Wushu (martial arts) as well as a wide variety of unorthodox weapons such as the iron fan, the Pan Guan Bi (pàn guān bǐ 判官笔), and the Fo Chen (fó chén佛陈)(a special implement used in Buddhism).

How to Get There

  • There are buses in Pingliang city bus station driving to the foot of Kongtong Moutain (about CNY15)
  • For hikers, they can take bus 13 or 21 to Kongtong Mountain. Walk for about three hours to Zhongtai and then explore the main scenic area.
  • Visitors can also take bus 13 and get off at Juxianqiao. Then take the cable car to Zhongtai.

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Edited by  Lynette Fu/付云锐