Historical Sites

Zishou Temple

Zishou Temple Overview

Zishou Temple is located in Suxi Village, 2 kilometers west of Wang Courtyard. It was initially built in the eleventh year of Xiantong period of Yizong emperor, Tang Dynasty (AD 870) and was rebuilt in the Song, Yuan and Qing Dynasties. It was ranked as a provincial key cultural relic preservation unit in 1986 and a national key cultural relic preservation unit in 2001 and has been carried in Dictionary of Scenic Spots of China.

The Temple is constructed along the mountain slope and faces south. It covers a total area of 17,000 square meters. There are three-yard quadrangle courtyards with 15 halls. It is world-famous mainly for its large frescoes of the Ming Dynasty, and the colored sculpture arts with the 18 Buddhist Saints as representative. The artistic achievement of the thousand-year-old temple is mainly reflects in three aspects:

The frescoes of the Ming Dynasty----The frescoes of the temple have both the foreign arts styles and native styles. It is characterized by the features of the Tang, Song, Yuan and Ming Dynasties.

The colored sculpture of the Ming Dynasty----The variety of the statues is more than one hundred and fifty. The biggest one is more than three meters in height while the smallest is less than ten centimeters. All of these are the outstanding art achievement of the Ming Dynasty, including the expressions, actions, clothes, ornaments and color.

Caisson ceiling----The decoration of the Yaoshi hall is known for ceiling, especially, the two caisson ceiling which is different in size and shape. The big one is made of 256 crossbeams which were divided into four layers, contracting from up to down and were decorated with eight curled-up dragons. The small one is made of one hundred crossbeams which were divided into two layers and were decorated with two dragons playing pearl. With ingenious design, bright color and elaborate production, it perfectly shows the high art value and esthetic value.