The Mountain of the Vermilion Bird

Mount Heng (衡山) is one of China’s most sacred mountains. It is in Hunan Province, about 100 kilometers from the provincial capital. In Chinese, the mountain is called Nanyue (南岳 – the Southern Marchmount).  Like Wudang Mountain, Nanyue is is not a single mountain, but a mountain range. The highest part of the range is…