|Qingyang Temple - A Shrine of Taoism |
Situated in the beautiful southwest 1st Ring of Chengdu and flanked by the Jinjiang River, the Qingyang Temple is the largest of the exsisting Taoism temple in China. It was initially named the Qingyangsi. According to the legend, Lao Zi wrote [“The Classic of the Way and Its Virtue” ] for Yinxi, the officer in charge of Hangu Pass on his journey to the west. On his departure, he said to Yinxi: “You can find me in Qingyangsi in Chengdu after 1000 days. ” Hence the Qingyang Temple is considered to be a sacred place with the vestige of Laozi. It was named as the Xuanzhong Temple in Tang Dynasty and gained its present name in 880 AD, when the Emperor Xizong of Tang Dynasty took a shelter in the temple to escape the turmoil in the Huangchao Revolt. The existing buildings were constructed during the Qing Dynasty .