Wuhou Shrine
A bonsai tree inside the Wuhou Shrine.

So I tagged along again with Chris and Sarah and visited Wuhou Shrine. I learned about Liu Bei, who was a Chinese warlord in the Han Dynasty. He founded the state of Shu Han in the three kingdoms becoming their first ruler. He was a bad ass in all aspects of life and a fairly stout and muscular man, no homo intended.

Liu Bei
Liu Bei statue inside the Wuhou Shrine
Zhang Fei Statue
A Zhang Fei statue inside the Wuhou Shrine.
Guan Yu Statue
An old Guan Yu statue in the Wuhou Shrine.

We checked out the shrine briefly, which dedicated much prestige to Liu Bei, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei during that time period. All friends, they made an oath to the peach garden that despite being from different families they always felt like blood brothers until the end. After sacrifices the three united in the garden as a brotherhood. The Chinese dedicated much of the shrine to these three renowned warriors and briefly summarized the lives of their descendants.

Wuhou Shrine
Burning candles at the Wuhou Shrine in Xian, China.

The entrance fee for Wuhou Shrine is 60 RMB, but if you have a student ID on you with an expiration date then you get in for half price. My ID did not have an expiration date so I needed to pay the full amount. They overpriced all the food inside so I held out to eat afterwards. I’d recommend visiting Wuhou Shrine. The temple covers much history on Liu Bei and the other warriors of the three kingdoms. We only briefly checked out the area and missed much of the guided tour since we booked tickets for Interstellar in IMAX at the Global Center.

Wuhou Shrine
He who gives money receives good luck!

The inside, like all of the other shrines and monastery’s, looked absolutely beautiful. Old trees, bushes, flowers and shrubs covered the inside of the shrine like wildfire. Bright reds, and yellows contrasted the greens as the autumn leaves began to fall before us. I enjoyed the intricate statues of dragons, horses and other mythical creatures spaced between the concrete ledges overlooking the shrine walls.

Wuhou Shrine
Walking through Wuhou Shrine looking at the leaves of the trees change.
Statue
An intricate statue of a dragon creature at the Wuhou Shrine.
Wuhou Shrine
A stone with Chinese lettering engraved all over it.

The hardest part of the whole day involved getting a taxi outside of Wuhou Shrine. It took us at least 20 minutes to pull down a cab. We ended up taking a cab from Wuhou Shrine to the Global Center to make it in time for the movie at 7:20 PM. The taxi ride took about a half hour and cost 33 RMB, which we split between 4 people for a cheap price.

Global Center
The Global Center at night after watching the movie Interstellar.
Global Center
Inside of the global center. This TV screen is 1000 square meters.

We watched the movie on a big screen similar to the movie theaters in America. The English audio made it feel like I sat and ate popcorn in America. The only difference being the Chinese subtitles. The movie itself took a while to grasp the plot and in my opinion the director drug the movie on too long. It should have ended much sooner, but I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen it yet. You’ll understand what I’m talking about when you see it.

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