Zhuge Liang's Temple on Wuzhang Plain
Zhuge Liang is often depicted wearing a Taoist robe
and holding a hand fan made of crane feathers.
Zhuge Liang (181–234), courtesy name Kongming, was a Chinese politician, military strategist, writer, inventor. He served as the chancellor and regent of the state of Shu Han during the Three Kingdoms period. He is recognized as the most accomplished strategist of his era, and has been compared to Sun Tzu, the author of The Art of War. His reputation as an intelligent and learned scholar grew even while he was living in relative seclusion, earning him the nickname "Wolong", meaning "Crouching Dragon" or "Sleeping Dragon".
Zhuge Liang's Temple on Wuzhang Plains was first built in the Tang dynasty to commemorate Zhege Liang, a sage living in the Three Kingdoms period. Zhuge Liang's Temple is located 25 kilometers south of Qishan County, Baoji City, Shaanxi Province. It is a national AA-level attraction, a provincial-level scenic spot and a provincial-level key cultural relic protection unit. The temple is quite simple and solomn, with a forest of steles. Attractions in the temple include the Main Hall, Bagua Pavilion, Zhuge's Tomb, Falling Star Pavilion, Yueying Hall, Sanjue Stele, Thirteen-coil Path, Zhuge Spring.
Pledge Locust Tree
In front of the Zhuge Liang's Temple is a century-old ancient locust tree with a diameter of 70 cm at breast height. The tree has one pole, two forks and three branches, like three sworn brothers, making it one of the three highlights in the temple.
Temple of the Marquis of Wu
The Main Hall, or the Temple of the Marquis of Wu, is the central building in the temple with a vivid sitting statue of Zhuge Liang.
Zhuge's Tomb, a solemn spot, lies behind the Main Hall, surrounded by stone rails and cypress trees.
The Thirteen-rail Path is the way from Zhuge Spring to Temple of the Marquis of Wu. There was no water on the plain, and the path was built for soldiers to fetch water. Now 599 stone steps, over 500 hundred meters, can lead visitor directly to Zhuge's Temple.
Zhuge Spring is in the village at the foot of the Thirteen-rail Path. It's said that soldiers took water here, and then go up to the Wuzhang Plain where the army stationed.