Qingyang Palace (Qing Yang Gong)

Qingyang Palace, aka Qing Yang Gong, is one of the most famous Taoist temples in China. It is conveniently located in the northwest part of Chengdu, in the Sichuan Province.

Qingyang Palace was originally built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), a period when Taoism was flourishing. Most of the parts of the temple that remain in existence are restorations from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), including Sanqing Hall, Doulao Hall, Hunyuan Palace, the Eight Trigrams Pavilion, and Wuji Palace.
Qingyang Palace, Chengdu
Qingyang Palace
Hunyuan Palace
Hunyuan Palace
The most magnificent of these buildings in Qingyang Palace is the Eight Trigrams Pavilion. Built on square foundations, with a colored glazed dome on top, this octagonal building reflects the ancient Chinese philosophy that 'the sky is round and the earth is square'. There are eight pillars with dragons drawn in relief in the corridor, and colorful caissons and the symbols of eight trigrams are ornately arranged across its ceiling.

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

Many important exhibits of Taoist cultural relics are also on display in Qingyang Palace, such as the wooden engraving of the Dao Zang Ji Yao (Abstract of Collected Taoist Scriptures) and the stone sculpture of Patriarch Lu Dongbin, who was one of the Taoist Immortals in Chinese History.
Qingyang Palace Inside the Temple
Wandering through the Qingyang Palace, you will find many locals and visitors eating, drinking tea and playing Mahjong at the temple's teahouse. This is a traditional and extremely popular pastime for the people of Chengdu. If you have time, joining the locals for a pleasurable afternoon at the teahouse is an excellent way to experience life in China off the beaten track.

How to get to Qingyang Palace

1. Take subway line 5 and get off at Qingyang Palace Station, Exit C or D. After arriving, walk to the ticket office of ths scenic area directly.
2. Take bus 34, 58, 1079, 27, 42, 59, 280 or 1024, and get off Qing Yang Gong (Qingyang Palace) Station.
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Entrance Fee CNY 10
free for children under 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) or no more than 6 years old and the elderly aged over 60. 
Opening Hours 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended Time for a Visit One hour
- Last updated on Sep. 19, 2023 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on Qingyang Palace (Qing Yang Gong)
Asked by Mr.WILONG from INDONESIA | Jun. 20, 2011 02:32Reply
Qingyang Temple in Chengdu
How far is it from the TC of Du Fu? Is it in walking distance?
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Answered by Jamie from CHINA | Jun. 20, 2011 21:12

Yes, walkable. Two stops by bus. Just walk from the west gate of Qingyang Temple down to Qingyangshang Street. Turn right and walk along the street to the north gate to Du Fu TC.
Asked by Mr.WILONG from INDONESIA | Jun. 18, 2011 00:03Reply
Qingyang Temple in Chengdu - What is the address?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jamie from CHINA | Jun. 19, 2011 21:38

9, 1st Ring Road West, Qingyang District, Chengdu, 青羊区一环路西二段9号 in Chinese.
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