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Qingyang Temple

Location of Qingyang Temple

As one of the most well-known Taoist temples in China, Qingyang Temple is situated in the northwest part of Chengdu, Sichuan Province.

It was in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), when Taoism was in its flourishing, did the temple originally be built, however, with time passing by, there can find little remains of Tang Dynasty, most parts of the temple we see today including Hunyuan Palace, the Eight Trigrams Pavilion, Sanqing Hall, Doulao Hall, and Wuji Palace are restorations from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Features of Qingyang Temple

Among which, the grandest building is the Eight Trigrams Pavilion, which is situated on square foundations, with a colored glazed dome on its top, connotating the ancient Chinese philosophy "the sky is round while the earth is square". There are eight pillars with dragons drawn vividly in the corridor, colorful caissons and symbols of eight trigrams are orderly decorated its ceiling.

Two eye-catching bronze goats stand near the altar of Sanqing Hall, which were said to be taken from Beijing during the Qing Dynasty. One of the goats is in fact an odd creature with a horse's face, a chicken's eyes, a mouse's ears, an ox's nose, a rabbit's mouth, a dragon's horns, a tiger's claw, a snake's tail, a goat's beard, a monkey's neck, a dog's belly and a pig's thighs.

There are also quite a lot exhibits of Taoist cultural relics on display in Qingyang Temple, like the wooden engraving of the Dao Zang Ji Yao (Abstract of Collected Taoist Scriptures) and the stone sculpture of Patriarch Lu Dongbin, one of the Taoist Immortals in Chinese History.

Walking around the temple, you can see quite a few folks and visitors eating, drinking tea and playing Mahjong, a traditional and warmly-accepted pastime for locals in Chengdu at the temple's teahouse. If you have enough time, it is a good way to join the locals for a wonderful afternoon at the teahouse to experience life in China off the beaten track.


Qingyang Temple Notes

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