Significant historical sites were severely damaged, when the devastating earthquake hit southwest China's Sichuan province in May 2008. Since then, the Central Government has invested a great deal to support the reconstruction and protection of the cultural sites. The Fulong Taoist Temple in Dujiang Weirs is one of the first ancient buildings to be completely renovated.
The Fulong Taoist Temple is a major part of the historical site in Dujiang Weirs. But the May 12th quake left the temple in ruins. Almost all of the roof tiles were broken into pieces, and ancient scriptures inside were badly damaged.
Reconstructing the temple took 18 months, and cost over 10-million yuan, or around 1.5-million US-dollars.
The project reinforced the main structure, and added devices to protect the site from thunder and lightning in the future.
The Fulong Taoist Temple was established in the early Jin Dynasty,more than 15 hundred years ago. It is full of priceless cultural relics, including the stone sculpture of Li Bing, carved in the East Han Dynasty some 18-hundred years ago. Li Bing was a hydraulic engineer of Qin state, who directed the building of Dujiang Weirs in the third century BC.
The temple is now officially open to the general public.
The Erwang Temple, another historical site in Dujiang Weirs is still being renovated. It should open next year. (Source: CCTV.com)