Dec
22
2008

Quyuan’s Temple

Quyuan's Temple

Quyuan's Temple

Quyuan’s  temple is also called  Qingliegong temple .It is located in Guizhou town . In fact ,the original  temple was built on  Quyuantuo (a little hill) which is not far from Guizhou in the east,at the bank of  the Yangtze  River. It was said that when Quyuan drowned himself in the Miluo River, a huge divine fish carried his body back to his hometown. It was at this place that the folks found the fish and Quyuan’s body, so Quyuan’s tomb and temple were built here.

That was in the Yuanhe. That was in the Yuanhe 15th year of the Tang dynasty (820 AD) and it has been there for more than 1200 years so far. As the Three Gorges Dam has been being built in Zigui(a county of Yichang city), Quyuan’s temple was then moved to Guizhou  and  rebuilt  newly at the end of 20th century.

Quyuan's Temple

Quyuan's Temple

The new temple leans against a big mountain and faces to the Yangtze River. It is surrounded by green orange trees and cypress trees. The temple includes Shanmen(a memorial archway),a bronze statue of  Quyuan, a corridor, a display house and Quyuan’s tomb in which  his clothes only were berried. These five constituent parts are placed in a series along the mountain. They look simple, quiet, and solemn.

Quyuan's Temple

Quyuan's Temple

Shanmen is a forecourt of the temple and is enclosed on three sides with porticoes. The great Chinese revolutionist and modern poet Guo Moruo’s original handwriting of Chinese words “Quyuan’s Temple” is set at the top of it. On the left and the right sides, there are Chinese words “Guozhong”, which means Quyuan was  absolutely loyal to his king , and “Liufang”, which means Quyuan left a good name for a hundred generations.The whole archway is quilt, unostentatious, elegant and  magnificent.

The bronze statue stands at the middle yard of the temple. On the steles of the corridor, Quyuan’s main poetic works “Lisao”,”Tianwen”,”Jiuge”,”Jiuzhang” etc. are enchased  and  you can also see the works of some other famous poems in various Chinese dynasties.

<p>Quyuan's Temple</p>

Quyuan's Temple

In Quyuan’s hometown, the natural scenery spots are famous because of him; the customs  are  formed because of him, even birds and fishes,are relative to him. It is called a Quyuan’s system. In the folks’ heart, he was not a human being, but a saint  and a celestial being. There are many popular legends about him. All the beautiful stories about Quyuan are spread to express people’s missing and admiring to this great poet. And the world famous “Dragon Boat festival” is held to commemorate this great people — Quyuan.

More information about “Dragon Boat festival”, please enter our “Activity” and “Food and Drink” part.

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