Shexian Tangyue Memorial Arches in Huangshan

Why is Shexian Tangyue Memorial Arches So Special?

Shexian Tangyue Memorial Arches is a complex of seven well-preserved ancient arches. In 1996, Tangyue Memorial Archway was listed as a key national cultural protection unit under the approval of the State Council since it is the biggest existing and best-preserved complex of arches in Anhui Province. The seven memorial archways were built by the Baos in honor of the merits and virtues of their family members. Tangyue Memorial Archway stands in the main street of the village in order of ‘loyalty, filial piety, chastity and charity’. 

Where is Shexian Tangyue Memorial Arches

 Shexian Tangyue Memorial Arches lies about 6.5 kilometers (4 miles) away from Shexian County, Huangshan, the address of the arches is Tangyue Village, Shexian County, Huangshan City.

How to Get to Shexian Tangyue Memorial Arches

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Independent Travel

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To get to the archway, visitors need to go to Shexian County first: Take a bus from Huangshan Bus Station to Shexian at 7:10 or take a train from Huangshan Railway Station/ Huangshan North Railway Station to Shexian/ Shexian North. After arrival, visitors can take a taxi to the Tangyue Memorial Archway.

Main Attractions in Shexian Tangyue Memorial Arches

Filial Piety Archway

Behind each of them, there is a touching story. The most acknowledged stories are the ones of ‘Filial Piety Archway’ (Ci Xiao Li Pai Fang) and the ‘Chastity Archway’ (Jie Jin San Dong Pai Fang) in Tangyue Memorial Archway scenic area. The former was built in honor of Bao Sheyan and Bao Shousun (father and son). According to historical records, father and son were captured by a general, who wanted to execute one of them. Bao Shousun wanted to sacrifice his life to save his father, so he begged the general to behead him instead of his father. Whereas, the father was also a loving and caring father and wanted him to be executed rather than his son. Their action and love moved the general, who finally released them. Later, the court knew the fact and approved the construction in praise of their filial piety and self-sacrificial spirit.

Jie Jin San Dong Archway

The construction of ‘Jie Jin San Dong Archway’ was in praise of a stepmother who remained chaste while raising her stepchild after her husband died. According to historical record, a widow with the surname of Wu, who was the second wife of Bao Wen, lost her husband when she was 29. After her husband’s death, she remained chaste and treated her stepchild as her own son. Wu died 31 years later. Her action touched the local officials, who made up their minds to erect an archway to honor her in spite of the convention that erecting an archway for a step-wife was prohibited. This touching story has been passed down from one generation to another in Tangyue Village.

Useful Travel Tips

  1.  Ticket free for people over 65.
  2. It would be better for you to hire a tour guide to travel with, for a better understanding of Arche Cultural.

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Edited by Emily Wang/王海玲