ADD：ChengDu Wu Hou Temple Street 231#
Opening hours: Daily 9-12am and 2.30-5pm.
Wu Hou Temple of Chengdu,located in the outskirts of Chengdu,initially built in 223AD,now covers 140,000 square meters.It consists of King Liu Bei’s mausoleum, halls memorizing Zhuge Liang and other ministers,generals of Kingdom Shu.In 1961,The State council chose it as a leading preservation entity of cultural relics and a museum was set up in 1984.With its rich cultural accumulation,the temple has been attracting the public over the past 1780 years and thus has gained a reputation as A Sacred Place of the Three Kingdoms.
Because Lu Bei was posthumously entitled Zhao Lie ,over the front gate of Wu Hou shrine hangs a board inscribed with the characters "Han Zhao Lie Miao"(Temple of Emperor Zhao Lie of the Han Dynasty).In the hall of Liu Bei, stand the statues of Lie Bei、Guan Yu 、Zhang Fei、generals and administrators of the Shu Kingdom.
Erected in the Tang Dynasty, this stone tablet has its full name as tablet of Wu Hou Temple. The article, the calligraphy and the inscription were all excellent, so the stele is reputed as the "Tablet of Excellence".
The Hall of Zhuge Liang enshrines the statues of Zhuge Liang,his son and his grandson. Zhuge Liang was conferred the title "Wu Xiang Hou" (hou is similar to marguis) when he was alive and "Zhong Wu" after his death, "Wu Hou" is the shortened title for Zhuge Liang.
The site consists of a restored Tang dynasty temple, dedicated to the Shu dynasty prime minister and war strategist Zhu Ge Liang. Zhu Ge (181-234 AD) lived during the Three Kingdom's period and this character features largely in the famous historical novel, The Three Kingdom's written in the late Ming Dynasty.
Today, there is a large temple here containing a statue of Zhu Ge and an impressive Three Wonders Tablet, so called because it contains exquisite examples of calligraphy, carving and poetry. The tomb of the founder of the Shu dynasty, Liu Bei, is also here. This is an interesting place for those knowledgable in Chinese history and legend. Other travelers however, may find the site less engaging.