Wangye Temple (Royal Highness Temple)
Last updated by chinatravel at 2013-11-3
Wangye Temple follows the layout of traditional ancient architecture in China. Platform, patio and palace proper are along the centre shaft. But the external buildings were demolished during the anti-Japan war to build roads.
In the County Annals of Fushun during Tongzhi Period (one period of the Qing Dynasty), Wangye Temple had become one of the attractions of ZiLiujing District, along with the surrounding scenery of Jiazikou. At the beginning of this century, Wang Yu- and Li Chunlin, influential men from Zigong salt fields, directed the repairs of this temple, which enabled the merchants to sacrifice, sightsee, enjoy operas, taste tea and celebrate the Lantern Festival.
Wangye Temple with the total area of 1000 square meters is not only a good sample of ancient architecture, but also a wonderful scenic spot. The well-preserved chuan opera (a kind of opera which is popular in Sichuan area) platform within the temple is rare now. Standing on the platform, you can see the stones under the river, just like a dragon; the flourished trees, and peach blossom Buddhist convent with slate and track way. More special, there are some famous steles on both sides of tracks, adding charm for the temple. For example, the inscription “ Calling Fish Pool” was written on the cliff by Su Dongpo, a famous poet in the Song Dynasty; and Feng Yuxiang ’s(a general of Kuomintang ) calligraphy “Huang wo he shan” meaning protecting our country is in the east of the temple.
Although there is no detailed record when the temple was built, one thing is certain that it was certainly built before Tongzhi period. Later in 1906, the 32nd year of Guangxu period in the Qing Dynasty, one more theater with a total area of 900 square meters was built near Wangye Temple. It was located in the north-east of the district and faced south-west. The theater was built in a girder structure and cornice roof, 4.1meters high, 8.9meters wide and 8.85meters long. Furthermore, the theater was built on 2.8meter stilts from the earth. Most of the ornaments and sculptures are symbolic in the play scene, so they become most important materials when studying the Chuan opera and local customs.
Now, Wangye Temple has become a popular leisure place for people to have a drink by the river. Whenever the Spring Festival or the Lantern Festival is coming, it will be decorated by various colored lights and full of tourists.
Solo Adventure Tips:
How to Get There?
No.8, 31 or 33 bus take you to the Shawan Hotel bus stop; or you can go there on foot.
(1) Wangye Temple enjoys the prosperous surroundings of Zigong, you can go sightseeing in all seasons. (2) It lies in the city proper where it’s convenient for different levels of lodging, and the Shawan Hotel (100RMB) is the nearest. (3) Drinking tea, playing cards or chatting are common amusements in Wangye Temple. Or you may taste some typical local snacks, such as HuoBianzi beef（a kind of pickled beef slices）, Xie Chinese jelly, Zheng Chaoshou (ravioli or wonton made by the person named zheng) on Tongxing Road and Ziyou Road nearby.
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