Archaeologists after four years of research confirmed the existence of the largest Taoist temple in China. The complex was built during the reign of the Song dynasty (960 – 1279 gg.), It was used until 1930, when it was destroyed during a fire.
The Shangqing complex is located at the foot of Lunhu Mountain in Jiangxi Province. By now, scientists have investigated a plot of about 5 thousand square meters. m.
The temple dedicated to the ancestor of Taoism, Zhang Daolin, was built during the Song dynasty. Later, during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), it was expanded and became the Imperial Palace, where they studied spiritual practices.
In 2014, workers discovered a stele with the inscription, which referred to a large-scale renovation of the palace during the reign of Emperor Jiaqing (1760-1820).
In the course of further excavations, the ruins of the temple were found, as well as the remains of dishes.