Brief information on Qingyang Taoist Temple
Qingyang Taoist Temple is one of the celebrated Taoist temples in China. It is conveniently situated to the southwest of Chengdu, facing Wuhou Memorial Hall on the south and adjacent to Du Fu Cottage in the west.
The temple, originally named “Xuanzhong Taoist Temple”, was first built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), a flourishing period for Taoism. Reportedly, the emperor Xizong of the Tang Dynasty once escaped from Changan (Today named Xian) to Chengdu and stayed at this temple, since the Huang Chao insurgence had made a breakthrough into Changan City in 880. Afterward, the emperor changed the name of the temple into “Qingyang Taoist Temple and the name continued in its use until today.
The areas of the temple were restored in succession during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), including Lingzu Hall, Universe Hall, the Eight Diagrams Pavilion, Sanqing Hall, Doulao Hall, Hunyuan Palace and Wuji Palace. Among these, the Eight Diagrams Pavilion is one of the most significant buildings, extraordinarily majestic and vigorous. Built on square foundations, with round colored glazed roof tiles on top, this octagonal building reflects the ancient philosophy that “the sky is round and the earth is square”. The pavilion with its double eave roof is supported by eight pillars with dragons drawn in relief. One interesting fact is that one of the pillars has not only the dragon relief sculpture, but also a fist imprint. Legend has it that this dragon wanted to get away from Qingyang Taoist Temple one night, however was found by the Moon Taoist holy man, who then beaten it on the pillar by a fist. From then on, the fist imprint was left there.
There are also many important Taoist cultural relics in this Taoist temple, like the Abstract of Collected Taoist Scriptures and the stone sculpture of Patriarch Lv Dongbin, who was one of the Taoist immortals in Chinese history.
On the 15th of the second lunar month, the annual temple fair will be held, because reportedly that day is the birthday of Laotze, the founder of Taoism. And the Cultural Park, next to the Qingyang Taoist Temple is naturally the site of the annual temple fair.
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Chinese Pinyin: Qing Yang Gong
Opening Times: 08:00-18:00
Ticket Price: CNY 5
Address: No. 9,West 2nd section,1st Ring Rd., Qingyang District
How to Get to: Buses: 5, 25, 27, 58
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