The renowned Changchun Taoist Temple has the distinction of being the most expansive and finely preserved temple of the Taoist faith in Wuhan. This place of worship features many stone stairways and corridors, all composed of wood and brick, with grand arches and eaves. Adorning the walls of the impressive halls are the niches and life-size carved features which are representative of the traditional Taoist architectural motifs.
Sadly many of the religious and cultural treasures of the shrine were lost during the tumult of the Cultural Revolution. However in recent times many relics from other parts of the nation have been brought to the Changchun Temple, so that today the place of worship features the most extensive array of Taoist relics within the area of Wuhan.
This temple is located on the southern side of the well known Shuangfeng Mountain in the environs of Wuhan. According to tradition the revered Laozi, the founder of the Taoist religion, visited the area; Taoist buildings have been created in the region since the 3rd century BC. In the era of the Yuan Dynasty a leader of the Quanzhen Sect, Qiu Chuji arrived in the locality to further develop his religious abilities and expand the reach of the Taoist faith. The temple derives its name from this patriarch, as he was known as the ‘Immortal Changchun’.
In the years since its inception the temple’s influence and renown has expanded steadily. Accordingly the temple complex has been added to over the centuries, reaching its present dimensions after major expansions in the time of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The major buildings within the compound include a number of grand halls. The layout of the structures displays beauty and compatibility, and the entire complex is harmoniously arranged.
Today this imposing shrine is a scenic attraction in addition to being the local centre of Taoist functions and activities. Many of the religious faithful visit the shrine each year, in addition to numerous tourists and sightseers.
Selective travellers desiring Wuhan accommodation will find an excellent option in the Citadines Zhuankou Wuhan. These serviced apartments Wuhan offers provide comfortable rooms and an array of amenities that help make for a truly memorable stay.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.