The Tangyue Memorial Archway Group is composed of 7 arches. It's
located on the road at the entrance of the Tangyu village in the
west of Shexian County. It arrays in the successive order of
loyalty, filial piety, women's chastity and charity. The Tangyue
Memorial Arch Group is all made of green stones which are of good
quality and produced in Shexian County. Don't use any nail or rivet
at all. The skillful combinations between stones are astonishing.
In addition, there are a large number of beautiful carvings in Hui
style around the body of the arches.
Among The Tangyue Memorial Arch Group, three of seven are made in
the Ming dynasty, and four are in the Qing Dynasty. Although they
have a long history, the style of architecture is a successful
combination of old and new, which seems a piece of works finished
at a heat. These seven arches in turn are: the Baocanxiao Memorial
Arch, the Cixiaoli Memorial Arch, the Jiexiao Memorial Arch of
Wang, the wife of Baowenling, the Kindness Arch, the Jiexiao
Memorial Arch of Wu, the second wife of Baowenyuan, the
Baofengchang Dutiful Son Memorial Arch, and the Baoxiangxian
Shangshu(a rank in ancient times in China) Memorial Arch.
All these are memorial arches of Bao families of Tangyue village.
The Cixiaoli Memorial Arch was built in the Yongle period of the
Ming dynasty to honor Baosheyan and Baoshouxun, who were father and
son. After they were captured by the rebels, the rebels wanted to
kill one of them and let them choose who was live and who was dead.
These two persons all wanted to use their own death to gain their
In order to honor the father and son, the memorial arch was granted
by the emperor. Later, Qianlong, an emperor of the Qing dynasty,
inscribed a couplet: There is no second one of love and filial
piety in the world, Tunxi village is the first village of beautiful
south of the lower reaches of the Changjiang River.
He appropriated sliver to repair it. The memorial archways
were respected by generations of ancient Chinese emperors.