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Wuhou Temple

Enjoying a history of over 1500 years and covering a total acreage of 56mu, Wuhou Temple Museum is a shrine dedicated to Zhu Geliang, the Prime Minister of the Shu Kingdom. As the first of its kind in China that was built with integration of temple and shrine jointly in memory of monarch and subject, it is desinated as a 4-A level Scenic Area and also the country’s most influential ancient ruins in the Three Kindoms Period with the longest history. Housed in the museum are precious relics such as the 12-meter-high Liu Bei’s Tomb and 47 statues of historical figures of the Shu and Han kingdoms. Add: Wuhou Temple Road, Chengdu

Wuhou Temple:was built in commemoration of Zhuge Liang, the Prime Minister of the ShuHan Dynasty. In the beginning of the Ming Dynasty, it was merged with the ChaoLie Temple in commemoration of LiuBi. The temple displays the suppleness of the Chinese garden. There are numerous historical relics like horizontal cribbed boards, couplets, inscribed tablets, penmanship, furnaces, Chinese tripods, etc. The SanJui (Three-Bests) horizontal inscribed board, Zhuge Liang's Lung Gun couplets, Chu Si Biao and the tomb of LiuBi are themost famous one.

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One of the most intelligent, wise, respected generals in all of Chinese history was General Zhuge Liang of the Shu Kingdom. Born in 181, he was an orphan raised by his uncle. At the height of his career he was so well respected that even his enemies held him in high regard. Forty years after his death in 234 Li Xiong ordered the construction of the Wuhou Memorial Temple in Chengdu in his honor.

The temple grounds cover almost thirty seven thousand square meters. Since the temple was built very close to the temple dedicated to Shu Emperor Liu Bei, whom Zhuge Liang served, after the 1672 renovation the two temples were joined and today they share an entrance. For this reason the plaque at the entrance reads Zhaolie Temple, but it's most commonly known as Wuhou Memorial Temple.

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The combined temple complex faces south and is divided into five main parts: the first gate, the second gate, the hall of Liu Bei, the corridor and finally the hall of Zhuge Liang.  There are over 47 vibrantly painted clay statues of Emperor Liu Bei, Zhuge Liang and other prominent ministers of their time on the grounds, along with a number of well-maintained carvings and steles. The Triple Success Stele is a huge tablet, twelve feet high and three wide inscribed with an article authored by Tang Dynasty minister Pei Du and written by noted calligrapher Liu Gongquan, along with information on the life and successes of General Zhuge Liang. The stele is one of the temple's main attractions.

The temple is a place of interest both for people who are and people who aren't interested in Chinese history. There's much information about the Three Kingdoms Period available on the grounds. As well, the simple beauty of the temple's architecture and the lush, well-maintained grounds make it an attraction even for those with no interest in history

The most valuable cultural relic within the temple is the stele set up in 809. This huge stele 367-centimeter (144-inch) high and 95-centimeter (37-inch) wide is called the Triple-Success Stele. The three successes are: an article written by Pei Du, a famous minister of the Tang Dynasty who served four emperors in succession, calligraphy by Liu Gongquan, one of the most brilliant calligraphers in Chinese history, and a statement about the morality and achievements of Zhuge Liang.

Directions: The Wuhou Temple is located on Wuhouci Dajie. It is a main street and the temple's large red walls are hard to miss. Take the southbound no. 1 bus from the city center. After you cross the river, just hop off when you see the unmistakable red walls.

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

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