Located in the south of Chengdu, the temple is a famous historical site dedicated to the memory of both Liu Bei (161-223), Emperor of the Kingdom of Shu in the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280), and Zhuge Liang (181-234), Prime Minister of the kingdom. The temple encompasses 37,000 square meters, enclosed by red walls where there are spacious buildings shaded by towering old cypresses.
The title "Wuhou" was granted to Zhuge Liang, a famous military strategist of the Three Kingdoms Period (220-80 A.D.) was fictionalized in one of the classics of Chinese literature, The Tale of the Three Kingdoms. The temple was originally built by Li Xiong of the Western Jin Dynasty (265-316AD), 400 years after Zhuge Liang's death, and rebuilt in the Qing Dynasty with a total area of 37000 square meters.
It also contains the tomb of Liu Bei (161 - 223, reigned 221-223), the first ruler of the State of Shu. Tourists will find statues of Liu Bei and Zhuge Liang as well as a multitude of steles, wooden inscriptions placed on linteks, charcoal braziers, bronze tripod vessels, bells and a drum used by Zhuge Liang in battle. There articles are important in studying the history of the State of Shu.
Best Time to Visit Wuhou Memorial Temple
Wuhou Memorial Temple is suitable for visiting all the year around. Chengdu has humid climate and the annual average temperature is around 16 ℃, spring and autumn are regarded as the best time to visit in Chengdu. However, the most comfortable time to visit is from March to June and from Sep to Nov. These two periods are spring and autumn, and the climate is moderate which is very suitable for Chengdu tour.
What to See at Wuhou Memorial Temple
Wuhou Memorial Temple was original a shrine dedicated to Zhuge Liang. After the renovation in Ming and Qing Dynasties, it eventually became a architectural complex that composed of four parts: Han Zhaolie Temple, Wuhou Temple, Huilin Temple and Sanyi Temple. This is the first integration of historical and cultural relics of the Three Kingdoms in Chengdu. Wuhou Temple covers an area of 150,000 square meters and consists of cultural heritage reserves (Han Zhaolie Temple, Wuhou Temple, Huilin Temple and Sanyi Temple), cultural experience area and Jinli folk custom area. Wuhou Temple is the world’s most influential Museum of relics of the Three Kingdoms, and it has the reputation of “Holy Land of Three Kingdoms.” If you are interested in the history of our Three Kingdoms period, Wuhou Temple is worth to visit for Chengdu trip.