Wuhu Road, Baohe District, Hefei, Anhui Province, China
Reasons to visit
Nature scenery and historical architecture.
Baogong Memorial Hall & Graveyard (also known as Bao Gong Xiao Su Temple) is a famous historical attraction in Hefei, Anhui Province, China, as a remembrance of Baogong - a famous high-ranking official in Song Dynasty.
Baogong is a respected title for Bao Zheng, a famous high-ranking official in Song Dynasty, who personified excellent management, integrity and discipline. Baogong Memorial Hall was built in 1488 as a remembrance of his great deeds.
Baogong Memorial Hall locates on a peninsula stretches from and is parallel to the south bank of Bao River. The memorial hall is a closed architecture with three buildings. The main building is the Baogong Hall, in which a whole-body statue of Baogong sits up straight with a demure expression. A winding corridor stretches on the west side of the hall. A few steps to the east of the hall, there is a hexagonal pavilion, with a well in it the water in which been called “Honest Spring”. It is said that, person who are greedy will feel headache after drinking the water.
Baogong Graveyard is adjacent the memorial hall, which covers an area of 1,200 square meters. The whole graveyard can be divided into three parts – the Main Tomb Zone, the Adhere Tomb Zone and the Management Area.
These buildings were first built in the period 1488 to 1505 of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), then rebuilt in 1882 and 1946 respectively.
About Bao Zheng (Baogong)
Bao Zheng (11 April, 999–20 May, 1062), commonly known as Bao Gong Justice Bao or Judge Bao, used to be a government officer during the reign of Emperor Renzong in Song Dynasty in ancient China. He is respected as the cultural symbol of justice in ancient time of Greater China. During his twenty five years in civil service, Bao Zheng consistently demonstrated extreme honesty and uprightness, with actions such as sentencing his own uncle, impeaching an uncle of Emperor Renzong's favorite concubine and punishing powerful families, which made him a legendary figure in history. His story made into many movies or television dramas in China.
【Chinese name】: 包公祠 【How to get to Baogong Memorial Hall & Graveyard in Hefei】: You may take Public Bus Route 4, 6, 14, 17 109 121 reached the Bell Tower, then walk for 5 minutes to reach there.