Located in Wuhou district of Chengdu, Sichuan province, Wuhou temple is a memorial to Zhuge Liang, a chancellor in The Three Kingdoms period. At the beginning of its construction, it was adjacent to the temple of emperor Liu Bei. Later, it was incorporated into the Zhaolie temple of Han dynasty in the early Ming dynasty. It is the only temple that commemorates emperors and ministers together in China and the most influential museum of relics of The Three Kingdoms. Covering an area of 150,000 square meters, Wuhou temple in Chengdu is composed of three parts: historical relics area (cultural relics area) of The Three Kingdoms, western area (cultural experience area of The Three Kingdoms) and Jinli folk custom area (jinli Street), and it enjoys the great reputation of “holy land of The Three Kingdoms”.
Basic Facts about the Wuhou Temple:
Wuhou temple is a memorial to Zhuge Liang—achancellor in The Three Kingdoms period. In August, 234 AD, Zhuge liang became ill due to fatigue and died of illness at Wuzhangyuan(in Baoji city, Shaanxi province) during the Northern Expedition. He was 54 years old at that time. Zhuge liang was granted the title of “Wuxiang Hou(marquis)”. After death, he was posthumously awarded the title of “Zhongwu Hou(marquis)” by Liu Shan, the later ruler of Shu Han. Therefore, his temple was honored as “Wuhou temple” in history. The earliest Wuhou temple in China is located in Hanzhong city, Shaanxi province, but the most influential and popular one is Chengdu Wuhou temple which is a must-visit place in Chengdu nowadays.
Wuhou temple can bedivided into three parts: historical relics area (cultural relics area) of The Three Kingdoms, western area (cultural experience area of The Three Kingdoms) and Jinlifolk custom area (Jinli Street). The cultural relic area of Wuhou temple in Chengdu is mainly composed of Huiling Mausoleum, Hanzhaolie Temple, Wuhou Temple and Sanyi T The main building was reconstructed in 1672 AD, the reign of emperor Kangxi of the Qing dynasty. Wuhou temple includes the Main Gate, the Second Gate, the Temple of Liubei, lobby, Wuhou temple, the Sanyi temple and Jieyi Hall, and all of them are located on the central axis from the south to the north. The temple is dedicated to statues of Liu Bei, Zhuge liang and other heroes of Shu Han, and there are about 50 inscriptions of the Tang dynasty and other generations as well as more than 70 famous and precious inscribed tablets, especially the most renowned one–“Triple-Success Stele” of the Tang dynasty.
How to Buy Entrance Tickets:
Price of Entrance Tickets:
May 1st to October 31st
08:00-20:00(stop selling ticket at 19:00 )
November 1st to April 30th
08:00-18:30(stop selling ticket at 17:30)
When is the best time to visit?
As a renowned historical tourist attraction in Chengdu city, Wuhou Temple is a desirable place for visiting all year around.
Tips: Visitors had better avoid the official holiday in China, because many Chinese citizens choose to travel on official holidays to ease the pressure of their work. As a result, many Chinese tourist attractions are overcrowded and traffic jams are common. Therefore, visiting China at this time will bring tourists a less pleasant travel experience.
Official Holidays in China
Chinese New Year
Around January or February
Summer vacation(for students)
How to tour in the Wuhou Temple?
There are three travel routes that we highly recommended based on different travel hours, and visitors can choose according to their own preferences.
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