The new provincial museum has superceded the collections to be found at the Daoist temple Chunyang Gong and the former Confucian temple Wen Miao; nevertheless, both are still worth visiting for the tranquil escape from the mean streets of Taiyuan. Chunyang Gong, Qifeng Jie 1 (around the block from KFC) is dedicated to Lu Dongbin, the Tang dynasty poet, calligrapher, and wine connoisseur who, by the time of the Song dynasty, was worshipped as one of the Eight Immortals of Daoism. He's usually depicted as an impassive scholar with two long wisps of mustache and a thin pointed beard, holding a double-edged sword given to him by a dragon. The main hall is the Lu Zu Dian, which is dedicated to him. The temple is open from 9am to 5:30pm; admission is ¥10. The grounds of the Confucian Temple (Wen Miao) on Shangguan Xiang have gardens and covered walkways, making this a pleasant place to amble, and there's also a handicrafts collection (from the Ming and Qing dynasties) including paper cuttings, traditional dress, jewelry, and jade work. Hours are from 9am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday and admission is ¥5.
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