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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Chengdu Wuhou Memorial Temple (Video)

In memory of one of the smartest and brightest man in Chinese history, Zhuge Liang, the Wuhou Memorial Temple in one of key attractions at Wuhou District of Chengdu City in Sichuan Provence of China.

Chengdu Wuhou Memorial Temple

There are plenty of online resources on the Marquis of Zhongwu, the state chancellor of "Shu Han" Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period, a period when landlords, warriors and strategists competed to rule China.



The Three Kingdoms period gained its popularity in China, Japan, Korea and South East Asia in recent years. Video games, television dramas, comics, cartoons, card games featuring Three Kingdoms characters are always bit hits.


One of Zhuge Liang's inventions

One man that stood above all characters is Zhuge Liang. Also known as Kungming, Wuhou or the Marquis of Zhongwu based in Chengdu when he was the chancellor of Shu Han Kingdom. Japanese movie star Takeshi Kaneshiro played Zhuge Liang in the 2008 movie Red Cliff.



The current Wuhou Memorial Temple was pretty much where Zhuge Liang hang out in the good old days. It is now a historical museum more than a temple. It is a collection of well preserved traditional Chinese architectures. It is also a quiet garden with objects of historical significance.


During my visit, I saw a group of Chinese ladies dressed up in traditional Chinese clothing and played traditional Chinese musical pieces using traditional Chinese instrument. Everyone, including myself, of course filmed this scene.



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The admission fee to the Wuhou Memorial Temple is $60 RMB. While it may be insignificant to tourist, the Jinli Ancient Chinese Street next door to Wuhou Temple is free admission. I'd say unless you enjoy a piece of quietness, Jinli would offer a doze of traditional Chinese culture at no cost.