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Five-Spring Mountain

This hill in the southern suburbs of Lanzhou has five springs said to have gushed forth when General Huo Qubing (140-117 B.C.) of the Han Dynasty punctured the ground with his whip. Chongqing Temple on the slope of the hill was built more than six hundred years ago and is an exquisite example of a structure adapted to the surrounding terrain. Other interesting buildings on the hill include Thousand-Buddha Pavilion (Qianfoge), Hall of Flourishing Literature (Wenchanggong), Half Moon Pavilion (Banyueting), and Bell Pavilion (Zhongting).