Wuhou Temple (Wu Hou Shrine Temple of Marquis)
What to See inside Wuhou Temple
The main body of the Wuhou Temple, the front gate, the second gate, the Temple of Liu Bei, the Temple of Zhuge Liang and Sanyi Temple, run south to north. Moreover, the Tomb of Liubei, on the west side of Wuhou Temple, is worth a visit.
Temple of Liu Bei
Passing through the second gate, the magnificent Temple of Liubei, also named Zhaolie Temple, stands in front of you. A golden sculpture of Liubei stands in the middle inside the temple, and the height of the sculpture is 3 meters (9.84 ft). A sculpture of his grandson, Liuchen, is on his left side. In the east side of the courtyard, visitors can see sculptures of Guanyu and his offspring, while on the west, are the sculptures of Zhangfei and his offsprings. Zhangfei and Guanyu are both excellent martial generals serving Liubei. A little stele is set in front of each sculpture to tell the figure’s name and life experience.
Temple of Zhuge Liang
Bypass the Zhaolie Temple and go down a few steps, and the Temple of Zhuge Liang comes into view. The sculptures of Zhuge Liang and his three generations of offspring are in the center of the temple. It’s said that the three bronze drums with exquisite patterns in front of the statue, were made when he led the army and marched south, so the three drums are given the name, Zhege Drum. Move your eyes to the roof of the temple, where a sentence from “Advice to My Son” written by Zhuge Liang is printed. It reads “One can't show high ideals without simple living; One can't have lofty aspirations without a peaceful state of mind”.
Sanyi Temple can be divided into three parts: Prayer, the Temple, and Corridors. The vivid sculptures of Liubei, Guanyu and Zhangfei are inside the Temple. The height of Liu statue is 2.8 meters (9.19 ft), while those of both Guan and Zhang are 2.6 meters (8.53 ft). The difference in height implies the relationship between emperor and officials. There are also two groups of black steles, 2.2 meters (7.22 ft) wide and 2.3 meters (7.54 ft) high.
Tomb of Liubei (Huiling Mausoleum)
The Tomb of Liubei, Huiling Mausoleum, is located in the west side of Wuhou Temple. It’s reported that it has a history of over 1,700 years, and it is preserved pretty well and never vandalized to this date. The tomb is surrounded by a round brick wall, built in 1825.
How to get to Wuhou Temple
1. Take Metro Line 3 and get off at Gaoshengqiao. And then walk eastwards along Wuhouci Avenue for 3-5 minutes to find the temple.
2. Take 1, 57, 82, 334, 335 or 1126 to Wuhouci (Wuhou Temple) Station.
3. From most popular tourist attractions in Chengdu, such as Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Mount Qingcheng and Sanxingdui Museum, visitors can take Chengdu Sightseeing Bus to reach Wuhou Temple.
Chengdu Bus / Metro Search
|Entrance Fee||1. CNY 50; |
2. CNY25 for teenagers between 6 years old and 18 years old;
3. Free for children under 1.3m (4.3ft) or under 6 years old.
|Opening Hours||May - Oct.: 8:00 - 20:00 (tickets selling stops at 19:30)|
|Nov. - Apr.: 8:00 - 18:30 (tickets selling stops at 17:30)|
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If so, you can walk about 400 yards to Jiulidi Zhonglunan to take the bus No. 109 to Wuhouci Street. Then walk another 600 yards to the temple.
If you take a taxi, it may cost you about CNY20.