Perched in the Shexian County of Anhui Province, Tangyue Memorial Archway group is set on the road at the entrance of the Tangyue village in the west of Shexian County. It hosts 7 archways, which are arranged in the successive order of loyalty, filial piety, chastity and charity. Each memorial archway has a much-told story. The memorial archways are embraced by ancient ancestral halls, residential houses, and breathtaking natural scenery, blending with its surroundings in harmony. In recent years, Tangyue Memorial Archway group has become the natural movie base in China and such well-known play as A Dream in Red Mansions was shot there. At present, it has been regarded as the preferable sightseeing spot by travelers both domestic and abroad.
Among the 7 memorial archways, three are built in Ming Dynasty and four are in Qing Dynasty. Baocan Memorial Archway was built in Jiajing Period of Ming Dynasty to honor the dutiful son named Baocan It is 9.54 meters long, 3.54 meters deep and 8.86 meters high. Decorated with exquisite carvings, the memorial archway appears more elegant and splendid. Cixiaoli Memorial Archway was built to honor Baozongyan and Baoshousun, who were father and son. When the rebels captured them and wanted to kill one of them, both of them were willing to sacrifice his life for the other’s survival. Therefore, this memorial archway is set up to honor the father and son.
Jiexiao Memorial Archway of Wu was built in Qianlong reign in Qing Dynasty to honor the women who remained widowhood all her life after her husband died. At the age of 22, the women married her husband Baowenyuan. Unfortunately, her husband passed away when she was 29. Since then, she kept widowhood and treated her stepson as her own. With her considerate care, her stepson grew up and became a famous calligrapher at last. What is more, she looked after her sick mother-in-law carefully until she died. The local officers were so moved by her that they set up a memorial archway for her, despite that no archways should be built for the second wife according to the tradition at that time.
Chinese Pinyin: tang yue pai fang qun
Opening Time: 7:30-17:30
Ticket price: 80 Yuan (including visiting Bao’s Family Garden)
Location: Tangyue Village, Shexian County, Huangshan City How to get to: The No. 10 bus in Shexian County shuttles to Tangyue village directly and it costs 2 Yuan to get there.