The Huangling Temple, located in the Sandouping County of Yichang in the middle reaches of the Xiling Gorge with 7 kilometers away from the Three Gorge Dam site, is the only well-preserved ancient architectural site in honor of the Yu Emperor who had taken measure to deal with the water problem by opening up the river. Being built in about 2500 years ago and rebuilt for several times, the Huangling Temple is one of the most important historical heritages in the Three Gorge area and it has been listed as the key-protected attraction in the 25th, May 2006.
There are four main axes architecture buildings there: Shanmen building, Yu Emperor Hall, Quyuan Hall and Foye Hall. Around the Huangling Temple, there is s a veritable orange orchard, which makes it a special and beautiful scene in autumn. There are 36 large pillars supporting the temple and housing some old tablets and you will also find that each pillar was inscribed with many valuable hydrology datas of the Yangtze River area. Moreover, you can read the story of a flood submerging the temple four meters from the floor in the Huangling Temple.
When travelling there, you can see the Huangling Temple is magnificent and splendid because of its crimson walls and yellow roof. And there are 36 steps in total for you to climb before reaching the temple gate. It is a good place worthy your visit as the Huangling Temple plays an important role in preserving a plenty of the valuable hydrology trace and physical data about the changes of the water position in the Three Gorges area. This data has provided important hydrology proof for the construction of the Gezhou Dam Project and the Three Gorge Dam Project; in addiction, the Huangling Temple also plays and key role in the history of the archaeology in Yangtze River area.
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