Taibai-shan
Summit of Traditional China,
Sacred to Daoists,  SW of Xian
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The tallest mountain in the Qinling Range is the vast Taibai-shan [太白山, Grand-White Mountain]
near its western origin, whose summit Baxian-tái (
拔仙台, Extract-Immortal Platform, Balseon-dae in
Korean), reaches up to 3,767 metres (12,359 ft).  It soars is about 100 kilometres west of the ancient
capital Chang-an, and is said to be the highest mountain in "eastern China" -- the traditional Chinese
territory east of the northwestern deserts and the Tibetan Plateau, and from Mongolia/Manchuria in
the north down to Southeast Asia.  It has been a National Forest Park & Nature Reserve since 1965.

The Luyi-ji 錄異記 record of the Tang Dynasty says: "The essence of the Golden Star [the planet
Venus, also known as
taibai / grand-white] fell to the west of Zhongnan-shan (the central area of
the Qinling Range), and thus that mountain became titled
Taibai."

The Shui-jing Zhu [Commentary on the Water Classic], a long essay on ancient Chinese cultural
geography compiled in the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534 CE) records:  "During the time of
Emperor Wu of Western Han, a Daoist temple already existed on Mount Taibai that was dedicated
to Gu Chun, a man recorded in the ancient record Lie Xian Zhuan 列仙传."

The famous Tang poet Li Bai wrote in a poem:
"How vast is great Taibai-shan,
the stars across its slopes arrayed;
From Immortal Heaven it stands a thousand miles,
from Mortal Earth so much farther away."

The fact that this great mountain has the same name as the "Taebaek-san"  [
太白山, Grand-White
Mountain] that is featured in the
Gaecheon-jeol / Dan-gun Myth of Korea's national origin seems
highly significant in our interpretations of that tale and its significance.
Taibai-shan
太白山,
the highest summit
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tai Temple
eastern
Zhongnan-shan
(Cuihua-shan)
western part of
Zhongnan-shan
(Shouyang-shan)
Li-shan
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Temple
Taibai-shan seen from Maiji-shan, winter 2009
central region of the Qinling Mountain Range