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Wahuang Palace


The Wahuang Palace, known as the Nainaiding and located at Shexian County of Hebei Province, is one of the famous Taoist temples in North China. It is said that Goddess NüWa of ancient times smelt stones, repaired the broken heaven and kneaded earth to make human beings here.

The Wahuang Palace of Shexian County is the earliest and largest ancient building used to enshrine Goddess NüWa of ancient times, and it was constructed in the 6thcentury. In the initial period, the Wahuang Palace was small, consisting of only three stone rooms and some statues of Gods and Baddhas. It was continuously expanded and constructed during the following dynasties. At present, it covers an area of 760,000 square meters, and includes the Chaoyuan Accommodation, the Tingcan Palace, the Guangsheng Palace and the Memorial Archway, etc. The Wahuang Palace is built on the steep mountainside; the Wahuang Pavilion, the Dressing Building, the Hexangular Pavilion, the Yingshuang Building, the Bell-Drum Tower, the Wooden Memorial Archway, the Pond House and the Palace Gate are arranged on a platform of the mountain. The Wahuang Pavilion of 23 meters high leans against cliffs and faces the south. The four-storeyed pavilion is covered with glazed tiles. The second to fourth floors are surrounded with corridors on the three sides. Eight iron chains are installed on the cliffs that the pavilion leans against. Ten Buddhist Sutras are carved on the cliffs.
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