Huilong Scenic Spot is one of the birthplaces for Taoism. It is built on Cloud Peak 1570 meters in elevation. It has such magnificent building clusters as beamless Hall for ‘God Xuan Tian’ made of blue stone that is covered by iron tiles and molded by iron. With iron tile, iron roof, iron peak, iron pot and iron sculpture, it is famous for iron and is honored as ‘No. One Iron Peak in the World’. Taoism believes in ‘Golden Peak in the South lies in Wudang, Iron Peak in the North lies in Taihang’. Temples on the precipitous peak of ‘No. One Iron Peak in the World’ align with the essence of ‘Tao Way in Accordance with Nature’. Built against the mountain, it is well-proportioned with classical and rustic architectural styles.
Legend goes that the Founder became an immortal in here. Residents call the Founder ‘Master’, so it is called Master Peak. As the Founder was Lao Zi and Lao Zi was seen as Founder in Taoism. He would ride a purple cloud up in the sky. Master Peak is thus called Zi Wei Tuan and Qing Feng Wei. As it is opposite to Mountain Wudang thousands of miles away, it is also called Bei Tai Ding. Master Peak is also called ‘No. One Peak in Mountain Taihang’ due to its magnificence, spectacular scene and precipitous view.
The temple on the top of Master Peak is called ‘Xuan Wu Temple’. They worship the Founder or Lord Lao Zi of the Great Monad. Why don’t they call it Founder’s temple? Ancient man reckoned that ‘Xuan Wei’ was one of the four deities in heaven (White Tiger, White Tiger, Red Sparrow and Xuan Wu) and is the generic address of seven stars in the north among 28 stars. As it looks like a turtle in heaven with snakes encircling it, ‘Xuan Wu’ is the equivalence of turtle and snake. The name ‘Xuan Wu’ is correlated with ‘five elements’. Ancient man usually uses five elements namely gold, wood, water, fire and wood to represent five physical elements. Water belongs to the north. Water is black when it is deep. Xuan means black. As seven stars in the north look like a turtle with scale and shell. Shells would remind us of armour in military officer in ancient times. It is thus in connection to military officers. That’s the origin of ‘Wu’ or military. ‘Xuan Wu’ refers to stars in the sky, it then gradually evolves to the God of the North in ancient myth.