Brief information on Qu Yuan Ancestral Hall
Known by the name of “Qingliegong Ancestral Hall”, the Qu Yuan Ancestral Hall is located in Xiangjiaping Village on the north bank of the Yangtze River, 1.5 km from West Zigui County in Hubei Province, which was built to commemorate Qu Yuan.
Qu Yuan (340BC-278BC), named Ping, is a great politician and patriotic poet in ancient China. As a Chu person of the Warring States, he has even assisted king Huiai of Chu country, and was appointed a high ranking official, though later forced to resign. Due to the political corruption of Chu country, the Qin army invaded it and broke through the Zou capital. At that time, Qu Yuan could neither save Chu country from being in peril, nor realize his political ideal, so he threw himself in the Minluo River where he was killed. It was said that after Qu Yuan’s death, there was a god fish carrying his corpse to his hometown Zigui, where he was buried in a place 5 kilometers from the east city, which was called "Qu Lun".
The Qu Yuan Ancestral Hall was built during the Tang Dynasty, Yuanhe 15th year (820) and renamed Qingliegong Ancestral Hall in the Song Dynasty. It was repeatedly repaired because of its destruction during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. In 1978, it was moved to the present location and rebuilt according to its original condition when the Gezhouba Hydroelectric Dam was built.
The Qu Yuan Ancestral Hall includes the entrance, main hall as well as left and right side halls. The entrance is of a 14 meter high construction in the style of four columns and three buildings, with four characters “Qing Lie Gong Ci” written in the middle and “Gu Zhong” and “Liu Fang” on its two sides. The main hall is constructed with a steel concrete structure in the style of Ming and Qing Dynasties, with green tiles and upturned eaves that stand tall and erect on the platform, making them grand and majestic. The Qu Yuan grave behind the main hall is the cenotaph built by the people. The extant watchtower of the gate and stone memorial archway are all the originals of emperor Daogaung’s year in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
The Qu Yuan Ancestral Hall is surrounded by mountains and rivers, with elegant scenery. Looking out into the distance to the south, all the mountains in the south bank come clearly in view. Every Dragon Boat Festival, the boat competition is held here. During that time, the colored boats pass through like shuttles, and visitors on the bank are like looms; an extraordinary spectacular event!
Admission: CNY 15
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