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Palace of Nvwa, Handan

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Palace of Nvwa, Handan

(邯郸市娲皇宫景区 hán dān shì wā huáng gōng jǐng qū)

The view from the bottom of the Palace of Nvwa Scenic Spot in Shexian county, Handan, Hebei province [Photo/VCG]

The Palace of Nvwa Scenic Spot is a huge architectural complex located in the northern part of the Taihang Mountains in Shexian county, Handan city, Hebei province.

Enjoying a history of more than 1,600 years, the Palace of Nvwa was established in the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420-581) to pay tribute to Nvwa, the mother goddess in Chinese mythology. Nvwa is credited with creating mankind and saving the world from disasters. Covering 5 kilometers, it is also the largest complex of old buildings of its kind.

The main structure of the complex is made up of the four-story Wahuang Pavilion, which is 23 meters in height and stands next to the cliff supported by nine iron chains. Other highlights at the scenic spot include the Nvwa cultural square and museums, as well as stone carvings of Buddhist scriptures dating back to its initial establishment.

The scenic spot also boasts beautiful natural scenery with forests and lakes.

Scenic Spot Level: AAAAA

Ideal Sightseeing Season: July

Recommended Duration For A Visit: More than three hours

Opening Hours:
8:00-6:00 (spring, summer and autumn)
8:30-5:00 (winter)

Ticket Price: 70 yuan

50 percent off for children between 1.2 and 1.5 meters, full-time students with student cards and visitors between 60 and 69 years old with an ID or passport

Free admission for children under 1.2 meters, visitors over 70 years old and the disabled with valid certificates

Address: Suobao Town, Shexian county, Handan, Hebei province

Note:
1. A giant ceremony is held every March at the scenic spot to pay tribute to Nvwa.
2. Tour buses and cableway are available at the scenic spot.

Chinese-style ancient corridor at the scenic spot [Photo/VCG]
Old buildings are built into the cliff at the scenic spot. [Photo/VCG]

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