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Zhang Fei Temple & Shibaozhai

 Yunyang: Zhang Fei Temple    

Zhang Fei Temple was built in honor of the valiant general Zhang Fei of the Three Kingdoms Period (220 - 280). Legend has it that in order to avenge his blood brother Guan Yu, Zhang Fei hurried his two underlings to make funeral clothes but was killed by them with his head thrown into the river. After his death, a fisherman met with him in a dream and fished out his head as well as a surprising jar of gold. He used the gold to construct this temple. Afterwards during the next 1,700 years, succeeding dynasties added extensions.

This magnificent complex of halls became hidden in the densely thriving forests, taking up an area of over 4,000 sq meters (4,784 sq yards). The main constructions include the Jieyi Tower to immortalize the sworn brotherhood of Zhang Fei, Guan Yu and Liu Bei; the main hall to worship Zhang Fei, the Wangyun Xuan to exemplify the home of Guan Yu, and other pavilions in honor of the poet Du Fu who had lived there for two years.

This temple houses the imposing statue of Zhang Fei, countless valuable articles and inscriptions, and is praised as a sacred place.

Admission Fee: CNY 20

 Shibaozhai (Precious Stone Stronghold)

On the Yuyin Hill (Jade Seal Hill) 45 kilometers (28 miles) of Zhongxian County is the Shibaozhai (Precious Stone Stronghold) composed of three parts -- the gate of the stronghold, a tower, and the temple on the hilltop. In the early reign of Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty (1644 -1911), someone built a temple on the peak by dint of iron chains, but common people could not reach it. Then skillful craftsmen were invited to design a construction; they developed the elaborate 12-storey tower, the only path by which to ascend.

The wooden tower, 56 meters (184 feet) high has one of its four corners hidden in the hill. It is a typical southern folk style building noted as one of the eight world architectural wonders. On each storey there are statues of the immortals and memorials. It is a pleasure to see the river scenery from the delicate tower! By the twisted stairway of the tower, you can see the ancient temple that houses statues of a general, cultural relics and stone inscriptions.

After you leave the tower, simple elegant Shibao Street is also worth a visit.

Admission Fee CNY 20
Opening Hours 09:10 to 16:50