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Wuhou Memorial Temple & Wangjiang Tower Park

Wuhou Memorial Temple

Situated in the southern suburb of the Chengdu City, Wuhou (an honorific title means Martial Marquis) Memorial Temple was an ancestral temple with a history covering over one-thousand-years, established as a memorial to the prime minister of Shu (221 - 263) in the Three Kingdoms Period (220 - 280) - Zhuge Liang. According to a poem of a famous poet in Chinese history, experts concluded the temple was established during or prior to the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907), but the specific date is not clear. In the early Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), Wuhou Temple merged with the Zhaolie Temple, the memorial temple of Liu Bei, the Emperor of Shu, forming a special bond between lord and vassal venerated in one temple. Tourists will find the horizontal tablet reads 'Han (the Han Dynasty) Zhaolie (refers to Liu Bei) Miao (temple)' before entering the gate.Wuhou Memorial Temple, Chengdu

Wuhou Memorial Temple is located within a thick verdant forest of cypresses; the five sections of the main complex are respectively the First Gate, Second Gate, Liu Bei Hall, the corridor and Zhuge Liang Hall. There are more than 40 statues of Shu, and other historical figures in the temple, including Liu Bei, Zhuge Liang, Guan Yu, Zhang Fei (2 loyal vassals and the sworn brothers of Liu Bei) and their well-known posterities. Many valuable steles, plaques and couplets are also to be found there. Along both sides of the way leading through the First and Second Gates are six stone steles, among which the one carved in the Tang Dynasty also called 'San (three) Jue Bei (stele)' is the most precious. Three influential celebrities of the Tang Dynasty respectively finished the artistry, the calligraphy and carving on the stele, and considered the most majestic of the five is Liu Bei Hall. Through the corridor, is Zhuge Liang Hall, in which the statue of Zhuge Liang contemplates with a feathered fan in hand, presenting the appearance of gentle elite? The tomb of Liu Bei is located in the west of Zhuge Liang Hall.

In the people' heart, the intelligence and prestige of Zhuge Liang are deemed far higher than that of many vassals, and even of some emperors. Therefore, there are several Wuhou Memorial Temples in China, if you want to visit one, make it this one, for its fame and prestige.

Admission Fee: CNY 60
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 17:50
Recommended Time for a Visit: One hour
Bus Route: 14, 26, 53, 57, 213, 214

Wangjiang Tower Park, Chengdu, Sichuan Wangjiang Tower Park

Wangjiang (means overlooking a river from a distance) Tower Park sits on the southern bank of Jinjiang in Chengdu City. It is a memorial to a female poet of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) - Xue Tao.

Xue Tao started writing poems at an early age. After her father's death, she became a singer and composed poems to entertain others for a living. Most of her poems reflected her sadness and yearning towards a happy life. The main structures built in the park are as a memorial to her, including Wangjiang Tower, Zhuojing Lou, Wanjian Pavilion and Wuyun Xianguan, etc. Xue Tao loved bamboo all her life. So people planted various bamboos in the garden. That is why the exuberance forest of bamboo first catches the eye of tourists. The majestic four-storied Wangjiang Tower in the park, also called Chong (grand) li (beautiful) Ge (pavilion), stands 39 meters (about 42.65 yards) high. The upper two stories are octagonal whilst the lower two are square. There is also a famous well named Xue Tao Well, it is said that Xue Tao used water from the well to make Xue Tao Paper (a kind of beautiful paper used to write poems on and be given to friends as gifts). Tourists can enjoy some interesting stories about the well.

Wangjiang Tower is a symbol of Chengdu City and Wangjiang Tower Park became the ideal place to appreciate bamboos in Chengdu City. If you are fortunate, you can see the Bamboo Culture Festival here.

Admission Fee: CNY 20
Opening Hours: 8:00 to 17:00
Recommended Time for a Visit: One hour
Bus Route: 35, 19, 3, 18, 31