Dating back to the early Eastern Han Dynasty, the 6,000 sqm temple is the most well-known in the Dujiangyan Scenic Area. It commemorates Dujiangyang engineer Li Bing and his son.
The temple has been fully restored to its former state with an investment of RMB105 million, and the surrounding hillsides have been fitted with retaining walls to prevent future landslides from causing further damage to the building.
Because the temple has been restored numerous times throughout its history, specialists working on this most recent restoration had to make many considerations regarding most appropriate materials. For instance, the temple had been originally constructed with wood, but at some point the wooden support beams had been replaced by brick columns. Today's engineers "corrected" the previous restoration "mistake" by using wood because its flexibility makes it better suited to buildings in earthquake-prone areas.
Additionally, the wood that was originally used was that of a local species of cedar that grows nearby the temple. However, this species is endangered today. Instead, fir from a Hunan forest was used for most of the building, and Indonesian mahogany for some parts where the fir was not suitable.
The restoration team has received high praise from the State Administration of Cultural Heritage for its work.
The official opening ceremony of the temple takes place on November 18.