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Wuhou Temple

Wu Hou Temple is the major shrine to Sichuan’s ancient Shu past and the heroes that made the Shu Kingdom legendary during the Three Kingdoms Period. The temple was origianlly built to house Shu Emperor Liu Bei’s remains in 221, but during the Ming Dynasty, Liu Bei’s subjects were also housed here, most notably Zhu Ge Liang.

Zhu Ge Liang was Liu Bei’s right-hand man and advisor during the wars of the Three Kingdoms Period — he is a legendary figure in Sichuan and is, in some respects, honored more than his master. The temple burned during the wars that toppled the Ming Dynasty and was rebuilt in 1671-72 during the Qing Dynasty. The main shrine, Zhaolie Temple, is dedicated to the Emperor Liu Bei, the back shrine, Wu Hou Temple, to his advisor Zhu Ge Liang and there is also the “Sworn Brotherhood Shrine” which commemorates Liu Bei, Zhang Fei and Guan Yu’s “Oath in the Peach Garden.”

The temple is now divided into three major parts: the cultural relics with Zhaolie Temple, Wu Hou Temple and the Brotherhood Shrine, the park with its ponds, rock sculptures and willow trees and Brocade Street, known as Jinli, the arts, crafts and snacks street adjacent to the temple.

Prices

Wu Hou Temple charges 60RMB per head at the door. There are discounts if you buy multiple tickets (to Du Fu’s cottage and Jinsha Museum).

Details

Address in Chinese: 成都市武侯祠街231号

Address in English: Wuhou Temple Road #231

Tickets: 60 yuan, including mini bus to Dufu Cottage English Guides: 1 – 10 people 80 yuan, 11 – 30 people 150 yuan, 30+ 5 yuan/person

The Sichuan Opera at back of the temple has a nightly performance from 8pm to 10pm for 180 yuan and includes tea and snacks. The opera is spendy, but the face-changing, fire-breathing, flute and lyre playing ensemble might make you forget that. If that doesn’t work, get a free massage from one of the elegantly dressed masseuses touring the audience area.

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  1. Uriel March 8, 2017 at 1:39 am #

    Hey,guys.I’m a teenager,who’s focus on countryside travel,something like living in the mountain of a Jiuzhaigou.I wish that there could be more people could be with me to find the curious of primeval forest,and knowing bout the Chinese medicine.You could pack of your camera with me in June.Anyone join in?

  2. Uriel March 8, 2017 at 1:52 am #

    Hey,guys.I’m a teenager who’s focus on the villages travel of Jiuzhaigou.People could go there and live in the mountain,enjoy the fresh air,get through of the primeval forest,take your camera to have a photo with wild animals like pandas if you are lucky.Also,you could know something about the culture of Baima Tibetan.By the way,you could go to Jiuzhaigou.Anyone join in?

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  1. Chengdu - TravelKees - May 1, 2015

    […] waar druk gebruik van wordt gemaakt, zoals een fiets-monorail, bots-bootjes, etc. Ik bezoek ook de Wuhou tempel, waar het al niet veel rustiger is. Iedereen is vandaag op de been om offers aan Boeddha te […]

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