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The Chenghuang Temple, located in the southeast of Pingyao City, is one of the best preserved temples in China. The temple is deeply rooted in the religious culture and well reflected in the folk customs. The Chenghuang Temple perfectly mingles Taoism, Confucianism and the folk culture all together, which makes it a very precious example among all the county-level Chenghuangmiao in China. It is a special site that tourists should never miss when visiting Shanxi. The temple covers a total area of 7,302 square meters, endowed with a long history and numerous key renovations.

The temple is adorned with elaborate woodcarvings, stone sculptures, and beautiful mural paintings. The roofs have a shiny blue and green glaze, adding to the magnificence and grandeur of the temple. While in the temple, you will definitely see the two murals, which are considered national art treasures in China. The temple encompasses the Hall of the City God, Theatre Hall, and Sleep Hall. According to the legend, the Hall of City God was the court for the gods, so the atmosphere boosts a grandiose and serious aura. The most notable feature in the hall is the city god who sits upright in the shrine with judges and ghosts standing to his side.

The Sleep Hall is the dwelling where the city god's family members lived while the room downstairs was where the god conducted legal cases and received guests. The room upstairs was the city god's master chamber.The whole temple comprises of the Temple of the City God, Caishen (god in charge of fortune in Chinese legends) Temple, and Zaojun (god in charge of food) Temple. Some guide information of Chenghuangmiao in Pingyao
Location: within the Pingyao Ancient City       Opening hours: 08:00-17:00       Tickets: CNY120(included in the Ancient City)

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