Qingyang Palace in Chengdu
Attractions Overview: A famous Taoist temple in China
Attraction Type: Taoist Temple
English Name: Qingyang Palace
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round
Recommended Visiting Time: 2 Hours
Open Hours: 9:00-17:00
Admission Fee: Free
Address in English: West Section 2 of the First Ring road, Qingyang Distract, Chengdu, China
Address in Chinese: 成都市青羊区一环路西二段九号
Why is Qingyang Palace So Special?
Qingyang Palace, aka Qing Yang Gong, is one of the most famous Taoist temples in China. It is the where the most integrated collection to research Taoism is stored. The temple was first built during the Tang Dynasty, and was rebuilt during the Kangxi period of the Qing Dynasty. The temple is the oldest and largest Taoist temple in Chengdu. The temple has a strong aroma of incense and a rich atmosphere of Taoism.
Where is Qingyang Palace?
Qingyang Palace is located in the southwest suburbs of Chengdu, 3 kilometers from the city center. The temple lies about 8 km from Chengdu Railway Station, and about 20 km from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.
How to Get to Qingyang Palace?
Travel with China Dragon Tours (top recommended)
If you want to get rid of hustle of transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers visiting, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Qingyang Palace with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on travel.
For independent travelers you can
Take bus 11, 19, 27, 34, 35, 42, 58, 59, 82, 129, 151, 165, 170, 1024, 1031 or g74, and get off Qing Yang Gong (Qingyang Palace) Station.
Main Attractions in Qingyang Palace
The most magnificent of these buildings in Qingyang Palace is the Eight Trigrams Pavilion. Built on square foundations, with a colored glazed dome on top, this octagonal building reflects the ancient Chinese philosophy that ‘the sky is round and the earth is square’. Being a landmark of Qingyang Taoist Temple, it features a square foundation and a cylindrical body.
The Sanqing Hall includes two striking bronze goats. It was said those two were got from Beijing in Qing Dynasty. Actually one of the goat has a strange appearance. It has the chicken’s eyes and dragon’s horns. Surprisingly , the statue combines the characteristics of different animals, shch as it has a mouse’s ears, an ox’s nose, a tiger’s claw, a rabbit’s mouth, a dragon’s horns, a snake’s tail, a horse’s face, a goat’s beard, a monkey’s neck, a chicken’s eyes, a dog’s belly and a pig’s thighs.
Tang Emperors Hall
Tang Emperors Hall is the last but highest hall where the statues of Li Yuan (first emperor) in Tang Dynasty, his wife and his son emperor Li Shimin enshrined. The statues of four famous officials are enshrined in two sides of the hall, including Yuchi Gong and Qin Shubao on the right while Weizheng and Lijing on the left.
Useful Travel Tips
- Because of the large amount of green plants, the mosquitoes are rife and taking mozzie repellent is necessary in summer
- On the 25th day of the second lunar month, a grand flower fair is held in the Culture Park next door to the Pingyang Palace to celebrate the birth day of Laozi.
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