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Residence of Zhuge Liang
On Mount Longzhongshan, among scenic surroundings 15km/9.5mi west of Xiangfan, you will find a variety of buildings dedicated to Zhuge Liang.
There are many buildings on Mount Longzhongshan in memory of Zhuge Liang; most of them date originally from the Tang period (618-907) but were rebuilt during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911).
Longzhong Scenic Zone: Hidden in the mountains eight miles to the west of Xiangyang City, Longzhong Scenic Zone is a tourist resort centered on the former residence of Zhuge Liang, the famous strategist and politician in Three Kingdoms Period (220-280). The major scenic resorts include Longzhong Mountain, Leshan Mountain, Daqi Mountain and Xiaoqi Mountain.
Covering an area of 4.6 square miles, this beautiful land boasts waves of grain, dainty hills, clear waters and rich cultural relics. Zhuge Liang once lived as a hermit here for ten years. Many relics are left recording his life. For example, Zhuge Cottage is said to be the place where Liu Bei (the emperor of Shu Kingdom) paid three visits to Zhuge Liang. Sangu Tang (Three Visits Hall) is the memorial hall to record these three sincere visits. Wuhou Temple is built to enshrine Zhuge Liang. Wolong Shenchu is said to be the place where he met his friends. Xiaohong Bridge is the only bridge by which he ever entered Longzhong. Gonggeng Tian is the over 6.7-hectar field which is believed to have been furrowed under his plough. Moreover, there is Liujiao Well, Laolong Cave and Longzhong Study Hall, and all of which are closely related to the life and times of this remarkable man.
Temple of the Count
The Temple of the Count (Wohou Ci) contains some of Zhuge Liang's literary works.
Palace of the Three Visits
The Palace of the Three Visits (Sangu Tang), so called to commemorate the meetings between Liu Bei and Zhuge Liang, it contains a stela which is engraved with the advice on military policies which the sage gave to the emperor.
Pavilion of the Thatched Hut
The Pavilion of the Thatched Hut (Calou Ting), built on the very spot where the meetings between Zhuge Liang and Liu Bei took place, houses a stone tablet bearing an inscription dated 1540.
Picture: Pavillion of the Thatched Hut