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Tomb of Wang Jian & Qingyang Palace

Tomb of Wang Jian or Yong Mausoleum in Chengdu 

 Tomb of Wang Jian

Also known as the Yong Mausoleum, the Tomb of Wang Jian is situated on Yongling Lu, Sandong Qiao, in the northwest of Chengdu City. The Yong Mausoleum is the burial place of Wang Jian (847 - 918), an outstanding Emperor of the Former Shu Dynasty (907 - 925) during the Five Dynasties and Ten States period.

The Tomb of Wang Jian is a big mound, grander than the tomb of Liu Bei - emperor of Shu (221 - 263) during the Three Kingdoms Period (220 - 280). The burial chamber, divided into three compartments accessed via wooden doors with the coffin laid in the center of the three chambers. On the three faces of the stone plinth supporting the coffin are vivid relief carvings of musicians and dancers, which is the only representation of its kind from a Tang Dynasty palace known. The rear vault contains a statue of Wang Jian, seated, and with appearance of an emperor and an expression of serene dignity.

Unfortunately, robbers have raided the tomb with the only remains being the stone carvings and its structure, though these are an exquisite example of a mausoleum palace.

Admission Fee: CNY 30
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 16:50
Recommended Time for a Visit: One hour
Bus Route: 25, 46, 42, 48, 54

 Qingyang Palace

The Qingyang Palace, a famed Taoist temple in China, is in the beautiful and cultural relic laden city Chengdu. It is in the west of the city on the bank of the Jinjiang River.

The temple has been restored repeatedly in the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), but retaining almost all its original scale and style. The main buildings in Qingyang Palace are Lingzu Hall, Qiankun (the universe) Hall, Eight Diagrams Pavilion, Sanqing Hall and Doulao Hall, etc. Among them, the Eight Diagrams Pavilion, presenting the feature of Taoism, is one of the main parts of the palace. The base of this majestic structure, with exquisite carvings and enchasing is square and the body is round, supported by eight pillars with eight dragons engraved on each. The spacious main hall, Sanqing Hall worshipped three statues, in front of which is standing a pair of special bronze goats. One of the goats has a single horn with unique shape - the characteristics combination of 12 animals of China.

If you are interested in Chinese Taoism, Qingyang Palace in Chengdu City is highly recommended; additionally, you may find many interesting legends there. On the 15th day after the Chinese New Year is the lively Lantern Festival, thick with atmosphere and Chinese folk art in Cultural Park, neighboring Qingyang Palace.

Admission Fee: CNY 5
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 18:00
Recommended Time for a Visit: One hour
Bus Route: 5, 25, 27, 58

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