Yuanqiao Mountain/员峤山

Explore Yuanqiao Mountain, featuring a thousand-mile-circumference square lake and luminescent stones, alongside the snow-white, radiant Yunpeng grass, revealing nature's marvels.

Yuanqiao Mountain, also known as Huanqiu Mountain, features a square-shaped lake at its summit, surrounded by water for a thousand miles around. The area is home to many large magpies, standing a yard tall, which often bring back grains produced in the region of Mount Buzhou. The grains from Mount Buzhou have three-yard-long ears, and the grains themselves are as bright and white as jade. Because the magpies carry these grains to the Central Plains, you can still find this type of grain among the common people today. Eating this grain for several months won’t make you hungry. Therefore, the “Lüshi Chunqiu” says, “The most delicious grain is the one produced in Mount Buzhou.” To the east of Yuanqiao Mountain lies a cloud stone, five hundred miles wide, with intricate and colorful patterns resembling embroidery. A gentle tap on the cloud stone causes clouds to pour out from its crevices. Yuanqiao Mountain is also home to a tree called the Yisang tree. Roasted mulberries from this tree can be made into honey. There is also an ice silkworm, seven inches long, entirely black with horns and scales. When the weather turns cold, the ice silkworm covers itself with frost and snow, then spins a cocoon that reaches one foot in length. The silk produced by the ice silkworm comes in various colors and can be woven into beautiful brocade. This brocade can be thrown into water without getting wet and can be burned in fire overnight without catching fire. During the reign of Emperor Yao, foreign people from overseas presented this exquisite brocade, which Yao used to make ceremonial clothing adorned with intricate patterns. To the west of Yuanqiao Mountain lies a starry pool, covering an area of a thousand square miles. In the pool resides a divine turtle with eight legs and six eyes. Carved on the turtle’s back are patterns of the Big Dipper, the Sun, the Moon, and the eight directions, while the patterns of the Five Sacred Mountains and the four great rivers are carved on its belly.

The stones in the pool often emit brilliant radiance, appearing from afar like the stars in the sky, bright and sparkling. Yuanqiao Mountain is also home to a type of grass called Yunpeng, which is as white as snow, with each plant reaching two yards in length. When viewed at night, it emits white light and can be used as a cane. To the south of Yuanqiao Mountain lies the country of Yichu, where the people are three feet tall and have lifespans of up to ten thousand years. They weave clothing from thatch, with large, wide-sleeved garments that allow them to fly into the clouds using the power of the wind, much like birds with feathers. The people of Yichu have two pupils in each eye, long eyebrows, and long ears. They consume the pure Yin or pure Yang energy from above the Ninth Heaven and can resurrect after death. Over billions of years, they can witness the creation and destruction of the Five Sacred Mountains. While the Fusang tree sheds its leaves once every ten thousand years, the people of Yichu perceive this span as brief as a day and night. To the north of Yuanqiao Mountain is the country of Huanchang, surrounded by a river with sweet-tasting water that flows vigorously. Objects weighing a thousand catties take a long time to sink in the river’s swift current. The people of Huanchang often walk on the water’s surface and freely roam the steep mountaintops. They measure the breadth and narrowness of the world, resting once every eight celestial pillars and taking a brief respite after passing through the four Earth axes. They undergo hardships and calculations, soaring through the clouds and mist to calculate various cosmic events since the creation of the universe. The earth and stones they excavate pile up into mountains, yet they have not completed their work.


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