Impression on Qingyang Palace

With a long history back to Zhou Dynasty, Qingyang Palace is hailed as the No. 1 Daoist Temple in Western Sichuan and the No. 1 Temple in Southwest China and most people come here to pray by offering candles and joss sticks. Qingyang Palace is also listed in National Key Taoist Temples and Sichuan Key Cultural Protected Units.

Legendary about Laozi and Qingyang Palace

Laozi is a philosopher in the Spring and Autumn Period and the founder of Taoism. It is said that Laozi expounded the texts of Tao Te Ching to an official Guan Yin when he stayed in Hangu Pass. However, he hurried to leave before whole Tao Te Ching explained. He asked Guan Yin to meet him in Qingyang Palace in one thousand days later. Finally, they both turn up on time and went on expounding the text. From then on, Qingyang Palace was granted regarded as a gathering place of immortals.

Layout & Architecture

Qingyang Palace shows a neat layout of architecture with 6 main buildings in one axis and they are Front Gate, Hunyuan Hall, Hall of Three Purities, Hall of Goddess Doumu, Hall of Jade Emperor, and Hall of Tang Emperors from south to north. The Halls show a traditional Chinese Taoist Style by Glazed-tiles-decorated roof, animals-carved pillar and several and symbolism and the eternal duality of Ying-Yang.

Main Attractions

Front Gate: Front Gate is the first building you can see in Qingyang Palace in which hangs a horizontal tablet inscribed with three golden Chinese characters “青羊宫”. The beautiful calligraphy which is wrote by An Hongde, a county magistrate in Qing Dynasty became a cultural relic.

Hunyuan Hall: Entering Qingyang Palace through Front Gate and walking across the stony road with lofty ginkgo trees lined on two sides,the building in front of you is Hunyuan Hall in which the statues of Taishang Laojun and Ci Hang Immortal are enshrined. Hunyuan Hall is supported by 28 columns and covers about 600 square meters.

Eight-Diagram Pavilion: A three-story octagonal Pavilion situated between Hunyuan Hall and Hall of Three Purities is Eight-Diagram Pavilion. Being a landmark of Qingyang Taoist Temple, it features a square foundation and a cylindrical body which means theory of "a square earth and spherical heavens". The pavilion is gorgeous stone and knotty-wood building without one peg or stopper. Slate handrails in two stories are all octagonal and eaves in each story are inscribed with lions, elephants, tigers and any other mythical creatures. Among the 16 columns made by giant rocks, there are 8 columns are carved with flying dragons by the technique of relief combined with hollow-out which become infrequent stone carving art.

Hall of Three Purities Hall of Three Purities, also called Wuji Hall, is the main hall which is built in Tang Dynasty and rebuilt in Qing Dynasty and covers an area of 1600 square meters. The icons of the supreme Taoist lords, the Three Purities are enshrine in this hall. A big bell stands in the left diagonal front of Hall of Three Purities while a drum in the right diagonal front. In every lunar 1st day,15th day and auspicious festival, Taoist monks in Qingyang Palace will beat the bell and drum. There are two bronze goats sit in front of Hall of Three Purities and they are said to bring good fortune if visitors touch them

Hall of Goddess Doumu: Hall of Goddess Doumu (Doumu is the mother of the Big Dipper), also called Yuanchen Hall, is about 10 meters long, 9 meters wide and built in Ming Dynasty. The statue of Pure Vital Breath Primordial Sovereign of the Big Dipper and the Supreme Goddess of Earth and Queen Mother are enshrined in Hall of Goddess. On the back side stands a big screen wall with two Chinese Characters Lu, Shou, Fu which mean wealth, longevity and good fortune. It is said that people stretch one hand and go to screen wall from the censer with eyes closed, he will get what the characters mean if he successes to touch one character.

Hall of Jade Emperor: First built in Qing Dynasty and then rebuilt in 1995, Hall of Jade Emperor is a storied hall with the statue of the Great Jade Emperor enshrined upstairs and statues of the Three Emperor-Officials enshrined downstairs..

Hall of Tang Emperors: Hall of Tang Emperors is the last but highest hall where the statues of Li Yuan (first emperor) in Tang Dynasty, his wife and his son emperor Li Shimin enshrined. The statues of four famous officials are enshrined in two sides of the hall, including Yuchi Gong and Qin Shubao on the right while Weizheng and Lijing on the left.

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Lao giving lecture Laozi is Giving Lecture
Qiangyang Palace Front Gate
Hunyuan Hall in Qiangyang Palace Hunyuan Hall
Eight-Diagram Pavilion in Qiangyang Palace Eight-Diagram Pavilion
Bronze Goat in Qiangyang Palace Bronze Goat in Qiangyang Palace
Hall of Goddess Doumu in Qiangyang Palace Hall of Goddess Doumu

Location & Transportation

Qingyang Palace is situated in the first ring road of Chengdu with convenient traffic condition

  • 1 km away from Sichuan Museum
  • 3 km away from Wuhou Temple
  • 4 km away from Jinsha Site Museum
  • 15 km away from Cheng Giant Panda Base for Breeding and Research
Qingyang Palace Location Map Qingyang Palace Location Map

Warm Tips

  • Best time to go-Qingyang Palace is a religion site more than a natural, so weather doesn’t make much difference. But you can feast your eyes on blooming flowers on lunar 25th February when Temple Fair and Flowery Fair both take place.
  • Because of the large amount of green plants, the mosquitoes are rife and taking mozzie repellent is necessary in summer.

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