Hunan’s Quzi Cultural Park: Rich with Qu Yuan’s legacy

A statue of Qu Yuan is pictured at the Quzi Cultural Park in Miluo, Hunan Province on April 20, 2024. /CFP

A statue of Qu Yuan is pictured at the Quzi Cultural Park in Miluo, Hunan Province on April 20, 2024. /CFP

The main entrance of Quzi Temple at the Quzi Cultural Park in Miluo, Hunan Province /CFP

The main entrance of Quzi Temple at the Quzi Cultural Park in Miluo, Hunan Province /CFP

A portrait of Qu Yuan sits outside the Quzi Temple in Miluo, Hunan Province on April 20, 2024. /CFP

A portrait of Qu Yuan sits outside the Quzi Temple in Miluo, Hunan Province on April 20, 2024. /CFP

A forest of steles of Qu Yuan is pictured at the Quzi Cultural Park in Miluo, Hunan Province on April 20, 2024. /CFP

A forest of steles of Qu Yuan is pictured at the Quzi Cultural Park in Miluo, Hunan Province on April 20, 2024. /CFP

The Miluo River in Hunan Province is the legendary site where poet Qu Yuan of the ancient state of Chu met his tragic end during China’s Warring States Period (475-221 BC). Along its banks, the local people have long honored his memory with various commemorative structures. One of the most notable among them is the Quzi Temple, located on Yusi Mountain in Miluo City, Hunan Province. This temple is a major attraction within the Quzi Cultural Park.

In recent years, the Quzi Cultural Park has leveraged the unique appeal of the Quzi Temple to develop a rich array of cultural experience zones and cultural commercial areas. By deeply exploring cultural elements related to Qu Yuan, who is honored annually during the Dragon Boat Festival, the park has introduced more immersive and interactive cultural tourism projects, which has enhanced the brand recognition of Quzi Cultural Park in the cultural tourism sector.