Dating back nearly 2,000 years, Wuhou Memorial Temple in a southern suburb of Chengdu is steeped in history and lore. The site is meant to honor Liu Bei, emperor of the Shu Kingdom, as well as his much revered military strategist Zhuge Liang—two immensely popular figures in Chinese history.
Rebuilt in 1672, Wuhou Memorial Temple evokes a sense of nostalgia, with its old cypress trees and classic Chinese architecture. The grounds are divided into five sections, including two gates, a corridor, and a pair of halls—the Hall of Liu Bei and the Hall of Zhuge Liang—honoring the two historical figures. The temple often features in Chengdu city sightseeing tours, along with other Chengdu attractions, such as the Chengdu giant panda research base, Jinli Street, and Qingyang Palace. Opt for a private tour to combine the temple with other attractions on your must-see list.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Wuhou Temple is a must-visit for history buffs and spiritual travelers.
- Give yourself about an hour to tour the temple grounds.
- Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
- Much of the temple complex is wheelchair accessible.
- Luggage lockers are available near the main entrance to the temple.
How to Get There
The best way to get to the temple using public transportation is to take the Chengdu Metro (Line 3) to Gaoshengqiao Station. From there, walk eastward on Wuhouci Avenue to the temple entrance. Half a dozen public buses also stop at nearby Wuhouci Station.
When to Get There
Since many of the temple’s attractions are outdoors, it’s a good idea to visit during the spring (March to June) or fall (September to November) when the weather in Sichuan province is mild. Expect big crowds on Chinese national holidays.
The Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Bei and Liang lived during the “Three Kingdoms Period” (AD 169–280)—an era that has attained a somewhat cultlike following among literary buffs and fans of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a 14th-century epic novel. While Three Kingdoms fans will consider this to be somewhat of a pilgrimage, those not familiar with the novel will still enjoy ambling among the cypress- and bamboo-covered pathways of the temple complex.