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Ancestral Temple of Zhuangzi
Release date:2016-06-12  Source::亳州外事办  Views:1641

Ancestral Temple of Zhuangzi is located at the eastern suburb of Mengcheng County, Bozhou. According to historic records, Wang Jing, the secretary of the magistrate of Mengcheng County in Yuanfeng 1st Year (1078) of the North Song Dynasty, had an ancestral temple of Zhuangzi built at the former site of Qi Garden on the northern bank of Wohe River, to memorize Zhuangzi, a famous thinker, literateur and a county sage of Mengcheng in the Warring States Period, with major architectures such as "Xiaoyao Hall", "Mengdie Tower" and "Guanyu Terrace".

 

Scenic spots were added to promote the view from the Qing Dynasty to the medium period of the Republic of China. Two stele pavilions were built on both sides of the passage, with 8 stone tablets planted which were inscribed with the poems composed by previous and county sages; a total of over 30 tablets stand like a queue on both sides of the gate. Afterwards, the remnants of the tablet Prose on the Ancestral Temple of Zhuangzi by Su Shi and the tablet of Prose on Newly Building the Ancestral Temple of Zhuangzi by Zongbo Wangtang of the Ming Dynasty were found at the former site of the temple and are now collected in the cultural relic administration office of the county.

 

On June 28, 1995, the reconstruction project of the ancestral temple of Zhuangzi was commenced. Professor Zhang Yi, an expert in ancient architecture with the Research Institute of Natural Science of Chinese Academy of Sciences was invited to design drawings for the construction project. The project restored previous landscapes in the temple such as "Xiaoyao Hall", "Mengdie Tower", "Fish Pond Bridge", "Fish Appreciating Terrace" and "Wuxiao Pavilion"; and newly added a scenic spot "Puchi Pond" where Chuang Tse used to angle as a hermit. An ancestral temple of Zhuangzi imitating the style of Han dynasty architectures re-emerges at the hometown of Zhuangzi.

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