Sights in Tiānshuǐ
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Ascending in layers up the hillside above Qínchéng, this Taoist temple is a pleasant, green and rambling shrine. Of note are the ancient cypress trees, some more than 1000 years old.
Cracked during the Sìchuān earthquake of 2008, this Ming-dynasty temple was begun in 1483. The main hall is one of the most elaborate structures in Gānsù, with intricate wooden door panels and original paintings of the 64 hexagrams (varying combinations of the eight trigrams used in the I Ching) on the ceiling.
One of the mythic progenitors of the Chinese people, leaf-clad Fúxī was reputedly a local of Chenji (present-day Tiānshuǐ) who introduced the domestication of animals, hunting and the eight trigrams (used for divination) to early Chinese civilisation. A pleasant pedestrian area filled with itinerant musicians, wood carvers and souvenir stalls has been built at…