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Chenghuang Temple of Ningbo re-opens
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The Chenghuang Temple of Ningbo, after two years’ repair, began its reopening for free to the public on June 27.

The temple, the most intact county temple in China and the largest one in east Zhejiang Province, is a municipal cultural relic preservation organization. The temple could date back to the late Liang period of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. According to some historical data, in 916, the provincial governor Shen Chengye built the Chenghuang Temple southwest of the inner city. Then in the spring of 1371, the magistrate Zhang Qi moved the temple to the place where it is now. over the past thousand years, the temple has witnessed the rise and fall of the city and has then become one of the most important cultural symbols of Ningbo.

Since 2000, there has been a demand for the repair and improvement of the Chenghuang Temple. Then the party committee and the government of Haishu District decided to explore the cultural connotation of the temple by improving it to meet the people’s demand. After the public voting by the people and the expert discussion, the renovation plan was finalized to restore the temple appearance to what it was like in 1884, when it was repaired on a large scale for the last time during Qing Dynasty. The renovation work started in October 2018, with the involved area of 6,000 square meters. After about two years, the grand architecture, including the screen wall, the doorway, the side door, the front play stage, the pavilion, the main hall, the back play stage and the resting place, was completed and presented in front of the citizens. In addition to the main frame structure, the renovation also focuses on the interior exhibition design. After the renovation, the first floor of the temple is a displaying area of traditional culture, exhibiting some national intangible cultural heritage items of Ningbo. The shrine of the temple displays the craftsmanship of the top masters. In the Huaitang Hall of the temple are the exhibits of eight representative officials in the history of Ningbo. Some historians believe that the renovation and re-opening of the temple is a kind of cultural inheritance, serving as an important window for displaying the profound history and culture.

There will be a daily limit for visits of the temple, and the citizens who want to visit the temple can make a reservation with the official Wechat account of the “millennium Haishu District”.

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