As early as the Yuanhe Year of Emperor Xianzong in the Tang Dynasty, there was a heroic general in Wuzhen, whose name was Wu Zan. People called him General Wu. Since the Anshi Rebellion in the Tang Dynasty, local officials have been arrogant and assertive. They made themselves kings by setting up separationist rules. At that time, Li Qi, a prefectural governor in Zhejiang, also took the opportunity to raise his troops for rebellion, which left the people there living in the turmoil of war. The emperor ordered General Wu Zan and his Deputy General Wu Qi, to lead the official army and fight against the rebels. Because of his excellent martial art skills, bravery and good tactics, the rebels had to retreat in defeat again and again. General Wu followed up a victory and beat the rebels to flee. When the officers and soldiers rushed to the Bank of Chexi River in the eastern Wuzhen Town, Li Qi hung a truce board. Thus, General Wu ordered his army to camp in situ, and waited for the opportunity to fight again. Late that night, the rebels raided the camp. General Wu rushed to combat with them. Li Qi retreated to the Chexi River and fled over a stone bridge quickly. When General Wu crossed the bridge, he was shot dead with his horse by a burst of arrows. It turned out that Li Qi trapped under the bridge and assassinated General Wu. Wu Qi rushed to kill the rebels and buried General Wu in the west of Chexi River in Wuzhen with a gravestone in memory of him. Later, a ginkgo tree grew out in from of the grave. The local people also said that Wuzhen was named after General Wu.
General Wu was regarded as the "the God of Protection" for the peace of the town by Wuzhen people because he protected the town. In the old days, it was the Land God in Wuzhen. On the door of the temple of General Wu, you can see the four words "YU ZAI" and "HAN HUAN ". That means "resisting disaster and protect", which are enough to prove that General Wu’s position in people’s heart.
The earliest building of General Wu Temple was destroyed in Xianfeng period of Qing Dynasty and rebuilt in Tongzhi period. The temple we see now covers an area of 3，600 square meters. It is divided into the front and back halls, with side rooms and halls on both sides and garden rockery. The two stone lions in front of the temple gate were preserved from the Ming Dynasty. In the middle of the main hall, the well-known General Wu was worshipped; on both sides, the deputy general Wu Qi and the scholar boy were worshipped.
Entering the second entrance, you can see a pond, which is called "Free Life Pool" by the local people. In fact, it is common to have free-life pools in temples, but what I want to say here is that the local people do regard General Wu as a god, hoping that their good deeds can be known by General Wu. Thus, this temple is very popular among locals. Next is the second hall. This statue of General Wu is carved from black bronze. He is wearing armor with bright eyes, showing the heroism of killing enemies in the frontier.Keyword: General Wu, Ancient Ginkgo Biloba