Green Ram Temple

One of the most atmospheric and fascinating Taoist temples you are likely to find in China, the Green Ram Temple appears mysterious and almost other-worldly underneath Chengdu’s perennial mists. A number of legends are associated with the place and it is also known as the Temple of Two Immortals as Taoist Immortals Lu Dongbin and Han Xiangzi apparently once descended here. Although the temple dates all the way back to the Northern Zhou Dynasty (557-581), it really hit the jackpot some 300 years later in the Tang Dynasty when Emperor Xizhong (873-888) took refuge from a spot of civil unrest there. Once the upheaval was crushed, the Emperor threw wads of cash at the temple to expand its buildings and had it renamed Qingyang Palace. Naturally, the temple buildings from that time were eventually destroyed and most of the structures that stand today date from around 1670 (Qing Dynasty) though many are based on the designs of old.

One of the most impressive buildings in the temple complex is the stunningly beautiful Eight Trigram Pavilion, which stands at 20 meters, is supported by 16 stone pillars, decorated with 81 dragons and houses a statue of the Supreme Venerable Sovereign Laotzu. Meanwhile, the main Hall of Three Purities is another striking edifice and houses massive statues of the supreme Taoist lords. Attracting much tourist attention are the two bronze goats that stand outside the main hall. One of them is actually a combination of all animals of the Chinese zodiac, making it a very popular photo attraction. There is also a teahouse and vegetarian restaurant at the Green Ram Temple.

Admission: ¥10. Open: 8:00-18:00.

Directions: The Green Ram Temple is on Qingyang Lu, just east of where it meets the 1st Ring Road, West Section 2.

Show the taxi driver: 请带我去青羊宫, 谢谢。 (Please take me to the Green Ram Temple. Thank you.)