The Chastity Arch for Qiu Liang-Gong's Mother
- It's the largest and most chastity arch in Taiwan.
- It's in the center of Houpu (the old part of Jincheng), surrounded by traditional food stalls, and near the day market.
- Many other attractions are nearby, within easy walking distance.
Qiu Liang-Gong was born in Houpu in the late 1700s. When he was only one month-old, his father, Qiu Chi-Jen, a Qing Dynasty general, passed away. Qiu Liang-Gong's mother, Hsu, raised him on her own.
Qiu followed his father's footsteps by joining the military as a soldier, eventually becoming a general and then an admiral of Zhejiang. In the early 1800s, during the Jiaqing Emperor's rule, he submitted a request to the emperor to commemorate his mother. This was granted, and the chastity arch was the result, built to honor the widow's virtue and efforts in bringing up her child.
The arch is made of high-quality granite and basalt. Take time to look at the fine carvings. They tell the story of Qiu Liang-Gong's success. There are also celebrity inscriptions.
Opening Hours Open all day
Recommended length of visit
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An old fashioned, out of date, Chinese TraditionThis is a monument to memorize the governor’ mom (not to remarry but raising her kid). It’s a Chinese tradition that women are not supposed to remarry once your husbands passed away. The government would even have some monuments to memorize those widows.
Beautiful and spectacularIt is the largest surviving stone arch with the most sophisticated craftsmanship in Fujian area. The chastity archway is supported by four square pillars of equal height, where the pillars are carved with couplets, depicting the chastity merits of Qiu Gong-Liang’s mother. The four pairs of stone lions in front and back of the pillars sit like the guardians of the arch.
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