Pujiu Temple [Photo/VCG]
Pujiu Temple covers 70,000 square meters in Puzhou town, southwest of Yongji county, Shanxi province.
Built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the complex was originally named Yongqingyuan as a Buddhist temple associated with a love story from an ancient romance play entitled Romance of the West Chamber by Wang Shifu, one of the most famous playwrights of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).
In the play, a young scholar named Zhang Sheng and Cui Yingying, the daughter of a minister, fell in love with each other without parental approval when they met and exchanged verses in a garden in Pujiu Temple. This classic Chinese dramatic work lauds the pursuit of love and freedom and decries feudalism and despotism.
Many buildings in the Pujiu Temple are associated with the story, including West Xuan and Den House, places where Zhang Sheng had lived.
Pujiu Temple was restored in 1986. Its square brick tower, named Sheli Tower, also known as Yingying Tower, offers visitors the chance to gaze at an amazing view and hear various echoes.
The temple was rated a national 4A tourist attraction in 2002.
Address: Xixiang village, Puzhou town, Yongji county, Yuncheng city, Shanxi province