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Historical Background

This residency is located on Mount Qingcheng, situated south of the Dujiangyan Irrigation System and overlooking the Chengdu plains, which holds great significance in Chinese history as the birthplace of Taoism. 

In 142 CE, the philosopher Zhang Ling founded the teachings of Chinese Taoism on this mountain. Over time, temples were constructed during the Jin and Tang dynasties, becoming the repositories of essential Taoist culture. In the 17th century, Mount Qingcheng regained its prominence as the intellectual and spiritual hub of Taoism. Today, the mountain boasts eleven important Taoist temples that exemplify the traditional architecture of western Sichuan. Among them are the revered Erwang Temple, the Fulong Temple, and the Changdao Temple, which stands on the very site where Zhang Ling first expounded his doctrines. Another notable site is the Jianfu Palace, previously known as the Zhangren Temple. These temples encapsulate the essence of Taoism and its rich cultural heritage.


Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000. It has also been declared a State Priority Protected Site, among the first batch of National Scenic Areas and Historical Sites, and a National ISO14000 Demonstration Area.


Artists will be invited to live and work in a private residential house that has traditional local architectural characteristics, built after the earthquake in 2008. The land of the house was given by the local council to the owner’s family, as a gift for donating to the village post-earthquake to help the locals to rebuild the area.

All rooms are ensuite. Shared kitchen and living-working space with a garden. 

Duration of Residency

From three months to six months.

Application Information

Currently only by invitation.

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