Three Kingdoms lore tells the tale of the warlord Cao Cao's honorable exchange with the general Guan Yu, the brother of his rival, Liu Bei. As Cao Cao defeated Liu Bei in battle, he took captive Lui Bei's two wives and Guan Yu. Though loyal to his brother, Guan Yu's admiration of Cao Cao compelled him to offer congratulations and treasures to Cao Cao. At first, Cao Cao refused to receive the General, but later, at the Baling Bridge, he offered Guan Yu an imperial robe to serve as protection for his travels out of the region. Guan Yu accepted the robe and bid farewell to his adversary. Ever dutiful, he continued on to serve his brother by seeing to the safe return of Liu Bei's wives.
Visitors following the Three Kingdoms Strategic Tourism Route will find the Baling Bridge highlighted as a must see attraction. The Bridge today serves as a monument to ancient courage, honor and civility. As a crossing over the Shiliang River, the Bridge rests 3 meters above the waterline and is constructed in the ornate style of the Han era as a 3-holed blue stone structure. The current iteration of the Bridge, built in 1993, is fashioned after the original; it is crescent shaped and 17 meters in length.
Another important archeological find is theChariot Pits of the Yin Ruins. The earliest chariot and road remains found in Chinese archeology, these ruins point to the likelihood that the Chinese invented animal drawn carts. Excavated by the Archeology Research Institute of China's Social Science Academy, these pits are largely intact and demonstrate both technological advances as well as the archaic cruelty of slave culture. In each pit a chariot is buried along with two horses and one immolated human slave.
In addition to the storied overpass, this site also features the Temple of Saint Guan. This Temple consists of three memorial gardens and, most notably, statues of Cao Cao, Liu Bei's wives, and Guan Yu. Guan Yu's statue depicts his legendary vigor and valance as he reins in his steed.