China (1,817 m) – Three Summits of the Taoist Trinity
Mount Sanqing is one of the most beautiful and most visited mountains in eastern China. Crowned with three peaks, Sanqing means “Three Pure Ones”, and it is one of the most important mountains in Taoism. The peaks represent the Taoist Trinity, which consists of The Jade Pure One, The Supreme Pure One and The Grand Pure One.
According to legend, these three beings are the greatest of the Taoist deities. It is uncertain whether or not legends indicate if the mountains were ever a residence of any sort for these beings. Many temples and shrines can now be found on and around the mountain.
Mount Sanqing is close to one of the most densely populated areas of China. Located about thirty miles west of Quzhou, Sanqing is also slightly more than 100 miles from Hangzhou and 200 miles from Shanghai. Thanks to this accessibility the mountain is visited by tens of thousands of pilgrims every year. A cable car provides access to the top of the mountain.