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Sansu Memorial Temple

   Sansu Memorial Temple
Sansu Memorial Temple
(sān sū cí 三苏祠) is located at the western Meishan City (méi shān shì 眉山市) in Sichuan Province (sì chuān shěng 四川省). It is the former residence of Su Xun (sū xún 苏洵), Su Shi (sū shì 苏轼) and Su Zhe (sū zhé 苏辙). The memorial temple is covering an area of 56800 square meters, encircled with red wall and hovered by clean water.

Su Xun
Su Shi
Su Zhe
Originally, it is the courtyard of about 5 mu. The yard was rebuilt as the ancestral temple in the Yuan Dynasty (yuán cháo 元朝) and expanded in the Hongwu years (hóng wǔ nián jiān 洪武年间) of Ming Dynasty (míng cháo 明朝). In the late Ming Dynasty, the shrine hall was destroyed by fire, with 5 tablets and one bell left. In the Qing Dynasty, government reconstructed the shrine hall in the relics. Afterwards, in the following dynasties the temple has experienced expansion and rebuilding. Until now it has become a classical landscaping garden covering nearly 56800 square meters.

The Central PalaceIn the temple there are the statues of members of the Su’s family, the pavilions, terraces and towers of primitive simplicity and elegance. The main architectures in the temple are the Central Palace (zhèng diàn 正殿), Qixian Hall (qǐ xián táng 启贤堂), Laifeng Pavilion (lái fèng xuān 来凤轩), Pifeng Terrace (pī fèng xiè 披凤榭) and the South Hall (nán táng 南堂).

In the Central Palace, there are the statues of Su Shi, Su Xun and Su Zhe. In the east part of the temple, there is the garden made up of the pond and Greenland Pavilion (lǜ zhōu tíng 绿洲亭), Ruilian Pavalion (ruì lián tíng 瑞莲亭), Baoyue Pavilion (bào yuè tíng 抱月亭) and the Yunyu Pavilion (yún yǔ lóu 云雨楼).

The South HallThe South Hall is the rebuilt in 1980, 28 meters wide and 9 meters deep, covering an area of 338 square meters. There are two pavilions along the roof, connected with each other by corridors. The Ancient Well is with a history of more than 1000 years, from which the Su Family got drinking water. The water in the well is sweet and will never dry. It is said that one will be cleverer if he drink the water of the well.

Sansu Memorial Temple is famous for Su Shi, Su Zhe and Su Xun, who are skilled in literature in the Song Dynasty (sòng cháo 宋朝). What’s more, the three Su conducted them honorably, showed sympathy to the poor people and did many things good for common people.

Jingsu Hall
The Ancient Well

In Sansu Memorial Temple, there are more than 5188 cultural relics about the Su family, among them 3256 ancient books in which there are the Su’s articles and essays, and 1044 paintings, which are all with great significance for the research.

Pifeng PavilionSansu Memorial Temple
western Meishan City
Admission fee: CNY 47
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Transportation: you can take bus in Chengdu New Nanmen Bus Station (chéng dū xīn nán mén chē zhàn 成都新南门车站) to Meishan and then take bus No. 11, 3, 15, 8 to get off at Sansu Memorial Temple