Chengdu's best temples

The concept of religion took a unique twist in China when elements of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism gradually began adopting teachings and practices from each other. While each religion maintained an independent identity, they also merged together to become China's "Three Teachings".

With thousands of years of such a distinctive religious history, it's no wonder that China has some of the world's most spectacular temples, attracting millions of tourists from around the globe each year. Though Chengdu is perhaps most noted for pandas, zesty cuisine and teahouses, the city definitely has its share of eminent shrines that should not be overlooked.  Below is a list of Chengdu's most famous temples.

1) Wuhou Temple (武侯祠)

 

This one is my personal favorite. Constructed during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE), Wuhou Temple is not just a famous Chengdu landmark, but renowned throughout all of China for having the largest showcase of relics from the Three Kingdom Period (220-280 CE). With a whopping area of 37,000 sq. m, there's more to see than just the Martial Marquis Temple main attraction, such as the classical gardens, various Buddhist shrines and the priceless "Three Success" Tang Dynasty stone calligraphy tablet. Next to Wuhou Temple is the ever popular Jinlin Street—a pedestrian walkway lined with delicious snack vendors, tea houses, bars, coffee shops, overpriced souvenir stands, a koi fish pond and a stage that regularly presents traditional Chinese shows. On the weekends, however, the Wuhou area can be a bit overcrowded when tour groups with matching pink hats flood the premises. Consider yourself warned.

Add: 231 Wuhouci Dajie, Wuhou District, Chengdu

地址:成都市武侯区武侯祠大街231,武侯祠

Opening hours: 8:00-18:00

Price: 60 RMB

Getting there: Take bus No. 14, 26, 53, 57, 213 or 214 to Wuhou Temple Station (武侯祠站)


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