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Close to Boshi Hill, Geling Hill(葛岭) is another important destination around West Lake. With roughly 100 meters high, Geling is located on the west side of Baoshi hill. It was said that Ge Hong(葛洪, 284～364), one of Chinese most famous Taoists and greatest developers of Taoism in East Jin Period (317-420), used to make and refine the immortal medicament, or Dan Yao(丹药), which was an important channel of Taoism to get immortality or longevity of individual after a long-term spiritual and physical cultivation, in Geling, hence it was named after Ge Ling(The Hill of Ge Hong). The highest point of Geling is Chu Yang Tai(初阳台, Initial Sunrise Platform),which was also a building for refining or making immortal medicament. In Chinese history of philosophy and religion, Ge Hong was a crucial character. in memory of Ge Hong, the coming generation well preserved many old sites in Geling where Ge Hong lived in his late period of life such as Lian Dan Shan(炼丹山, Hill of Refining Immortal Medicament), Lian Dan Jin(炼丹井, Well of Refining Immortal Medicament) and Baopu Cottage(抱朴庐).
The most representative attraction of Geling is Baopu Taoist Temple, or Bao Pu Dao Yuan. It, together with Huang Long Dong(Yellow Dragon Cave, 黄龙洞) and Yu Huang(玉皇), is ranked Three Taoist Temples of West Lake, and currently, Baopu Taoist Temple also is one of 21 Key Taoist Temples of China. It is the only one in Hangzhou. By the way, Ge Hong was one of the supporters of Danding Branch(丹鼎派) of Taoism, and he stretched the material resources of Chinese traditional medicine to mineral substance. Therefore, Joseph Terence Montgomery Needham (1900 -1995), the famous British scholar, once highly spoke of this breakthrough and he said that one of the most important roots of chemistry is absolutely derived from China.