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Where is the Chaoyang Palace in Phoenix Ancient City, China

Chaoyang Palace is a scenic spot in the Phoenix Ancient City Scenic Area. It is located on the west side of the West Gate of the Phoenix Ancient City in Xiangxi, Hunan Province. It is now a provincial-level historical cultural relic in Hunan. Chaoyang Palace, whose real name is the Chen Family’s Ancestral Hall, is the place where the Chen family’s annual ancestor worship meeting is held.

The ancient city of Phoenix was built in the 35th year of Jiajing in the Ming Dynasty (1556) and has a history of more than 400 years. The ancient city towers of the east gate and the north gate are still in existence. There are bluestone streets in the city, wooden stilts on the riverside, and buildings such as Chaoyang Palace, Ancient City Museum, Yang Family Ancestral Hall, Shen Congwen’s Former Residence, Xiong Xiling’s Former Residence, Tianwang Temple, Dacheng Hall, and Wanshou Palace.

Formerly known as the Chen Family’s Ancestral Hall, it is dedicated to the annual gathering of ethnic ancestor worship. There are main halls, corridors, theaters and other buildings. It has compact structure, exquisite design and unique charm. In the 4th year of the Republic of China (1915), the squires Chen Bing, Chen Kaifan and others mobilized the tribe to donate funds for the construction. In the 12th year of the Republic of China (1923), the Kuomintang lieutenant general and Phoenix citizen Chen Quzhen, who was commander of the Xiangxi patrol army, led the people to expand.

building style
The Chaoyang Palace building includes the gate, the main hall, the stage, the left and right boxes, the kitchen, the toilet, etc. There are 14 houses in total, all of which are integrated, forming a typical southern courtyard.


The gate of Chaoyang Palace is a purplish red brick wall gate tower, 8 meters high. There is a pair of couplets engraved on both sides of the gate: “Swiss bird flies up from the basil wings to fight the sky for thousands of miles; guests come to the corner to see how passionate the building is.” There are 12 reliefs of landscapes, flowers and birds piled up symmetrically, and the gate towers have raised cornices and corners, which are unique.

main hall

Entering the gate, passing under the stage, is a spacious courtyard courtyard, paved with square bluestone slabs, neat and orderly. On the front is a three-room main hall with wooden structure. The base of the hall is built with finely carved red sand bars and is 1.2 meters above the courtyard.

In front of the Ming Dynasty, there are 9-level purple-red sandstone fan-shaped stone steps; the inner eaves open a circular moon arch gate, and the arches are surrounded by ice patterns. The front of the second room on both sides is decorated with lattice ventilation wooden windows, and there is a wooden fence corridor in front.

This is the place where squires and magnates watched theaters in the old days. There are 1 private boxes on the left and right sides of the main hall. There are 3 rooms on the second floor. The lower level is vacant for the audience to shelter from the rain. The upper level is the carved wooden fence box, which is convenient for the VIPs to watch the play. . The whole courtyard is decorated with carved beams and painted buildings, red pillars and blue tiles, magnificent and majestic. Especially the fences and flower windows are exquisite in craftsmanship, unique in shape and magnificent.


The stage is backed by the gate archway, opposite to the main hall, 2.1 meters above the ground. On the middle of the stage, the title is to view the ancient and the present, and a couplet is hung on both sides of the stage: a few feet away can be home, country can be the world; There are gods. Mysterious and real. In the middle of the stage, the three-star painting of Fu, Lu and Shou is painted with nine paintings of theatrical figures on it, all of which are classics. The top of the platform is a double-edged blue-tiled roof with cornices and corners, which is quaint and dignified.

Left and right boxes

It is convenient for guests to watch the show. The stage is backed by the gate archway, opposite to the main hall, 2.1 meters above the ground. In the middle of the stage, the title is “Looking at the Ancient and Reflecting the Present”, and a couplet is hung on both sides of the stage: “A few feet of a place can be a home, a country can be a world; there are virtuous, stupid and immortals in the past. The ancient model is elegant and dignified.

Chaoyang Palace ticket price: 10 yuan/person.

Chaoyang Palace, Shanxi
Chaoyang Palace is located at No. 22, Chaoyangsi Street, Pingcheng District, Datong City, Shanxi Province. Chaoyang Palace was founded in the Hongzhi period of the Ming Dynasty (1488-1505), and the remaining buildings are the remains of the Qing Dynasty. Originally a Buddhist temple, it was later changed to a Taoist temple as a venue for Taoist activities. In 1942, Taoist Aunt Zhang Yuanying took over the abbot and changed his name to Chaoyang Palace. During the “Cultural Revolution” it was occupied by street-run factories. In the 1980s, it was handed over to the religious department, and Master Hao Minggao took over as the abbot.

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