Diary : 30 October 1996
Chengdu City Again : Heroes, poets, kings & governors
Chengdu : A visit to Wuhou Ci
- a tribute to Heroes of Shu Han
Wuhou Ci is a tribute to the 3rd century kingdom of Shu Han and its heroes. Shu Hanís struggle with the North (Wei Kingdom) and the East (Wu Kingdom) was a brief (A.D. 220 to 265) but famous part of Chinese history immortalised in the 14th century epic work, Romance of Three Kingdoms This work is one full of tales of chivalry, courage, romance, loyalty, betrayals, etc, and heroes like Liu Bei (founder of the Kingdom of Shu Han) and his military strategist, Zhuge Liang, as well as the formerís sworn brother Zhang Fei, all loom large in Chinese history and collective consciousness. Wuhou Ci is a shrine built to commemorate Zhuge Liang, who was posthumously awarded the title of Marquis of Wu (Wuhou). This is a site with a number of halls, altars and statues devoted to Zhuge Liang and the heroes of Shu Han. A huge mound on the site was supposedly the tomb of Liu Bei, and a museum on the Period of the Three Kingdoms stand on the site.
Learn more about The Three Kingdoms, Liu Bei and Zhuge Liang in FEATURES.
Du Fuís Thatched Cottage
- another literary pilgrimage
The former residence of Du Fu had long disappeared. Rebuilt in the Ming and Qing dynasties, it is now a tribute to this great Chinese poet. For those familiar with Chinese poetry, the 44 hectares park cum museum is a romanticised enactment of Du Fuís world. Verses of Du Fuís poetry are displayed in various parts of the park. It is a pity that I, as an ethnic Chinese growing up in Singapore, could only understand and read contemporary Chinese, and thus was unable to appreciate classical Chinese. Perhaps, I should spend some time brushing up my Chinese. In any case, for those who do not know Chinese at all, do not despair. A visit to the Thatched Cottage is a relaxing stroll through a peaceful park. A drawback, however, are the ugly algae in the ponds and the rubbish in parts of this otherwise beautiful park.