We finish up our visit to Langzhong this morning and catch a bus to Guangyuan, arriving in time to check out a famous temple.
06.04.2012 - 06.04.2012 80 °F
This morning we got up early, had breakfast (noodles, of course) and then headed for the area near the river. There we visited the Fengshui Museum and walked along the river area. We ended up getting lost for a little while which led us to a very active market area. This is what we loved about this ancient town - it was authentic with people actually going about their daily lives much as people have done for centuries. A wonderful place to spend a few days.
Ancient doors usually opening into a Ming or Qing Dynasty courtyard house
One has to love these ancient doors
A great look through the doors of one of the local grade schools
Candles in the entrance to one of the many courtyard houses
A local resident checking out the activity early in the morning
Another fascinating alley
Chinese lanterns along the river
A view of the river separating the old from the new
The Fengshui museum pictures. Interesting but very boring for those who do not understand its complexities. The following pictures are from inside the museum.
A view common along the river
We spent about three hours this morning getting totally lost. We eventually ended up in the local market area where we came across these great looking chickens. Time to get some lunch.
We caught a taxi to the bus station which was not very far from where we were staying and found a bus going to Guangyuan almost immediately. The trip to Guangyuan was more of the same typical Sichuan countryside. We arrived to Guangyuan at around 1600 and found a hotel, Min Chuan Hotel, next to the bus station. After checking in, which took an unusually long time, we found that we could visit one of the local temples not far. We planned to walk but then decided to get a taxi, which turned out to be a good idea since the temple was too far to walk to in the short time that we had.
The Huangze Temple was established during the Northern Wei Dynasty period. It was added to during each succeeding dynasty but after Wu Ze Tian became the first Chinese empress (Tang Dynasty), she made it significant as several of the building were built specifically in memory of her reign. She, by the way, was born in Guangyuan and thus this temple had a huge cult following after her death. We visited it until closing time and it was well worth the visit as the photos depict. It is a very nice temple with a lot of stuff from the various dynasties. According to the tour guide-style book I bought, it has been an active temple for over 1500 years.
We caught a van back to our hotel, relaxed for a while then walked across the street to get some dinner. Nothing out of the ordinary for dinner as we were still very much in Sichuan Province.
Found this hotel right next to the bus station. We were looking for convenience
Welcome to Guangyuan via these next two pictures
The temple made famous by Wu Ze Tian, the only Empress in China's long history. She ruled during the Tang Dynasty. She was born in Guangyuan so this temple has become the center of cult worship for her. Her family has had strong ties to this temple for centuries. We found that we had time to visit from the receptionist at our hotel. Enjoy the pictures as we explore this famous temple.
Song Dynasty carvings
For a few Yuan one can hang one of these pendants. No one to give the money to so we did not hang any with our names on them.
A Chinese bunny, very common among the Chinese
A nice visit but way to short. We did get to see most of the temple before it closed. As we left the temple to get a taxi we met a family with two great kids who posed for us to take pictures. Actually, they posed for Mr. Sophal. Got some great shots, one must admit.
We caught a van back to our hotel, relaxed for a while then walked across the street to get some dinner. Nothing out of the ordinary for dinner as we were still very much in Sichuan Province. I took the above picture of Guangyuan which was across the river from where we were staying.