Jing Ting Mountain
|Jing Ting Mountain|
Jing Ting Mountain in autumn, 1671, by Shitao, collection of the Musée Guimet, Paris
|Location||Xuancheng, Anhui, China|
Before the Jin Dynasty, the mountain was known as Zhao Ting Mountain. In 266 AD, its name was changed to Jing Ting Mountain in order to avoid the name taboo of the emperor, Sima Zhao. Jing Ting Mountain and the scenery therein has been the frequent subject of poetry and artwork. The poems written by Xie Tiao (464–499) of the Southern Qi Dynasty brought it a widespread reputation, and from then on, the area was visited frequently by many poets and litterateurs. The famous Chinese ancient poet Li Bai (699-762) said that "only Jing Ting Mountain can keep attracting you without boredom." Over 1,000 poems were written about Jing Ting Mountain, and therefore the Mountain is regarded as the "Mountain of Poetry" in China.