Zibo Liaozhai City is located in Pujia Village (Village of Family
Pu), Hongshan Town, Zichuan District, Zibo City.
Zibo Liaozhai City is the hometown of Pu Songling who was also
called “King of the Short Stories”in China. It is also one of the
five tourism regions of Shandong Province.
Zibo Liaozhai City is a compositive large landscape area whose main
form is the garden group and. its theme is stories from Liaozhai
written by Pu Songling. Zibo Liaozhai City consists of 6 parts
including Art Exhibition Hall, Hu Xian Yuan (Garden of Fairy
Foxes), Shi Yin Garden, Liaozhai Palace, Man Jing Temple and Guan
Hu (Fox-viewing) Garden.
There is a Pu Songling Museum, which was almost the same as the
original house where Pu Songling used to live. The formal residence
of Pu Songling was a typical courtyard of the villages in the
northern part of China. A horizontal board on which fives golden
characters “Pu Song Ling Gu Ju” (Former Residence of Pu Songling)
are inscribed by Guo Moruo is hung high above the gate.
In the yard, there are Liaozhai Studio where Pu Songling wrote his
great book, Exhibition Room of the Life of Pu Songling, Exhibition
Hall of Wenshi (Aragonite, Pu Songling’s favorite when he was
alive) and Exhibition Hall of Calligraphy and Chinese Painting of
Liu Quan Spring, also known as “Man Jing”, was where Pu Songling
got his stories. Now, there was a stone tablet with two Chinese
characters “Liu Quan” written by Shen Yanbing. The mouth of the
spring was decorated with bluestones. The water in the spring is
clear and overflowing, making the tourists forget to leave. Apart
from stories in Liao Zhai Zhi Yi (Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio), Pu Songling created thousands of Liqu (popular music) here. So,
tourists can appreciate the music in the Liqu Teahouse. While
having the tea, they can also enjoy themselves by listening to some
music. Hu Xian Yuan (Garden of Fairy Foxes) was designed according
to the stories in Liaozhai. In it, there are exhibition rooms of
life and books of Pu Songling, events when Pu Songling opened his
store and school, calligraphic works and paintings of masters and
Shi Yin Garden was originally a garden of Family Bi. Pu Songling
worked as a techer in Bi’s house, leaving large numbers of poems
and essays about Shi Yin Garden. In, Shi Yin Garden, there are
green trees and strangely-shaped stones. After the garden was moved
to the hometown of Pu Songling, tourists can know more about Pu
Songling’s life as a teacher.
Man Jing Temple was rebuilt according to the ancient one. The gate
is in the style of double gate arches. In the temple, there are
buildings like Tian Wang Dian (Hall of the Celestial Kings), Da
Xiong Bao Dian (the Great Buddha’s Hall), San Sheng Dian (Three
Religion's Hall), Bell Tower and so on. Seen from outside, Liaozhai
Palace seem like a heavenly palace with clear lake, Green Mountain
and fairy buildings.
Using colored sculptures, special effects in movies, special light
and sound etc., designers of this palace represent artistic images
like fairy foxes and ghosts created by Pu Songling.
How to Get There:
Tourists can Bus 1 at Zibo Bus Station to Zichuan Bus Station. And
then, they can take Bus 23 and get off at Pu Jia Zhuang (Village of