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SCENIC SPOT OF PINGYAO ANCIENTCITY - BRIEF INSTRUCTION TO QINGXU TEMPLE
The Qingxu Temple, the Museum of the Ancient City of Pingyao is the only Taoist temple open to the world and the only place to introduce the world cultural heritage site in a systematic way in Pingyao Ancient City . It is one of the historic and cultural relics under state protection.
The temple was originally built at the end of the Tang Dynasty (619 – 907). The temple covers an area of over 6,000 square meters with ten halls. Now the temple is open to the public as the Museum of Pingyao County which is divided into three exhibition districts about the Taoist culture, the history of Pingyao, and the cultural treasure.
The Taoist religion started in the Tang Dynasty (619 – 907) and prospered in the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties (1206 – 1911). There were Taoist priests in the Yuan Dynasty here. In the Qing Dynasty, Emperor Guangxu once visited and much worshipped the Taoist priests in the temple. The folk tale of the appearance of Lu Dongbin, one of the eight Taoist immortals at the temple is well known. The harmonious atmosphere and the peculiar building structure can fully embody the Taoist religious thoughts. All of those have made the temple famous and therefore more and more visitors and followers have been attracted.
The exhibits in the museum can also let you have a glimpse of the history from about 400 million years ago to the Qing Dynasty (1911) of the county civilization and Pingyao Ancient city has won the honor of the World Cultural Heritage Site thanks to the long history, the glorious culture, so many famous talents and developed commerce in the past. There are also a lot of moving stories and delicate pictures showing the long history in the museum.
The museum displays over 1000 articles of precious cultural relics, such as the stone carvings, castings, water-land paintings and so on for the first time. The Shage Opera Paper Figures could be called the super artworks. Thus, the temple is the most worthwhile place for you to have a visit.