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Historical Places

The General’s Dedication Platform  

     The General’s Dedication Platform, located in the south of Hanzhong City, is the place where Han Dynasty Emperor Liu Bang ceremonially appointed Han Xin as chief military general in 206 B.C. The platform covers an area of 7 840 square meters. There stands a pavilion in the north and a stone table in the south of the platform. A stone tablet was inscribed with a brief description of the military post assignment event.

 

 

The Ancient Han Palace

     The Ancient Han Palace, located within the city of Hanzhong, marks the site of Emperor Liu Bang’s imperial palace. The platform is 8 meters in height and over 7 000 square meters in size. Worthy of notice is the Riverside Watching Tower within its precincts. The platform marks the location of Hanzhong Municipal History Museum, which houses exhibitions of local unearthed relics and the history of Baoxie Plank Road .The museum houses more than 1 000 articles of historical value; paintings, works of calligraphy, stone inscription and carvings. The platform is now a historical monument under the priority protection of the Provincial government.

 

The Ancient Baoxie Plank Road

     The Baoxie Plank Road, which was built during Emperor Huiwen’s reign of the Qin State (337-311B.C), provided a link of communication over the Qinling Range between Hanzhong District and the Central Shannxi plains in the ancient times .The first and longest of its kind in history, Baoxie Plank Road is now placed under the State’s priority protection. It starts Hanzhong, cuts through Liuba County to Xieyu Pass. The road covers a total distance ofover 250 kilometers. It is the road that the Qin army followed on its expedition against the Shu Kingdom in 316 B.C. The road used to be of strategic importance for the ancient sovereign states. Today, the visitor can obtain a general picture of the Plank Road from the restored section along the Baohe River Valley about 15 kilometers north-west of Hanzhong City.

 Zhuge Liang’s Tomb

     Zhuge Liang's Tomb, located at the foot of Mount Dingjun five kilometers south of the seat of Mianxian County, is the tomb of Zhuge Liang (181-234A.D.), Prime Minister of the Shu Kingdom. The burial site is embraced by hills and waters, covered with old, towering pine trees, and enveloped in clouds of mist. The tomb is 6 meters in height and 21.4 hectares in area. There are more than 40 architectural structures on the site, including the Great Hall and the Sacrificial Hall. In front of the Sacrificial Hall stands a very thick pine tree that is entangled with vines and trumpet creepers.

 

Zhuge Liang’s Temple

     Zhuge Liang's Temple, which is located south of the Sichuan-Shaanxi Highway three kilometers west of the seat of Mianxian County, was initially built by Liu Chan’s imperial orders on the Wuhou Tableland in the sixth year of the Jingyao reign (263 A.D). It was to honour Zhuge Liang, a well-known strategist of the Shu Kingdom. It was relocated to the present-day site in the eighth year of the Zhengde reign of the Ming Dynasty (1513A.D.). The temple covers an area of 2.27 hectares. It primarily consists of the Great Hall, the Sacrificial Hall, the Harp Chamber, the Music Chamber and winding corridors. Within its precincts stand 59 stone tablets and centuries-old towering pine trees. The heady fragrance of orange osmanthus and camptotheca  acuminate wafts through the air. With a quiet and elegant environment, Wuhou’s Temple is now a class-A historical monument under the Provincial protection.

Zhang Liang’s Temple

     Zhang Liang’s Temple is located at the foot of Mount Zibo fifteen kilometers north of the seat of Liuba County. It was built in the closing years of the Eastern Han Dynasty in memory of Zhang Liang, one of the three most famous ancient Chinese politicians. With 9 courtyards and 156 partitioned rooms, the temple covers an area of 14 200 square meters. Its major building structures are the Great Hall of Zhang Liang, the Sanqing Hall, the Lingguan Hall, and the Shoushu Chamber. In architectural style, it combines southern garden-type structures with northern palatial buildings. The entire architectural complex is magnificent and inspiring. The temple is embraced by hills with a dense covering of pine trees, and surrounded by two babbling rivers. It is enveloped in clouds of mist, appearing like a blessed paradise. To date, the whole area has been well-planned to serve the various needs of sightseers, holiday-makers and researchers. It is now a scenic resort of historical interest under the priority protection of the Provincial government.

 

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