Qingyang Palace

Qingyang palace, one of the most well known Taoist temples in China, is to the west of the proper city center, just by the first ring road. It was first built in the Tang dynasty and the extant temple is a reconstruction of the Qing dynasty.

The temple's main structures consist of the Lingzu (Blessed by Ancestors) tower, Bagua (Eight diagrams) pavilion, Sanqing (Three clarities) hall and Doulao hall. In the Sanqing hall, there are two bronze goats, hence the temple's name. The one that has a single horn is fantastically - shaped and is supposed to be the incarnation of the 12 animals standing for different years in China's lunar calendar. Thus, the “goat” has the ears of a mouse, the nose of an ox, the claws of a tiger, the back of a rabbit, the horn of a dragon, the tail of a snake, the muzzle of a horse, the beard of a goat, the neck of a monkey, the eyes of a rooster, the belly of a dog and the rump of a pig.

Qingyang palace, Mt. Qingcheng and Mt. Heming are the three holy sites of Taoism in Sichuan Province.