Located at the foot the phoenix Hill of the Qishan County seat the name of the temple refers to a place mentioned in the “Book of Odes” which says “Phoenixes sing at a high mound.”
It is said that the place used to be the fief of Duke Zhou by the name of Dan, a famous statesman in the period of Western Zhou and here was the mansion of the Duke in ancient times. The temple was built in 618, the first year under the reign of Wude and it covered an area of 60 hectares with clusters of halls canopied under tall and luxuriant trees in the compound. Apart from the main hall in memory of Duke Zhou there are still ancestral hall of the Zhou people and other annexed halls for officials and officers with meritorious deeds. The tablet-tower, spring of beneficial virtue and the white-stone carving of the North God are the other scenic noticeable attractions in the temple.
The Memorial Temple of Duke Zhou