Epigraphy onthe Restoration of the Sanhe Taoist Temple
  Epigraphy onthe Restoration of the Sanhe Taoist Temple
 
  The epigraphy on the restoration of the Sanhe Taoist Temple was done in 1813,the 18th Year of the Jiaqing Emperor of the Qing Dynasty. The text was composed by Wang Delu, the Commander-in-Chief of the navy in Fujian. Wang Delu, whose family came from Jiangxi, was bom in Jiayi in Taiwan. In his youth, he served in the navy under Admiral Li Changgeng, the Commander in Fujian and Zhejiang. He took part in the battles to suppress the Lin Shuangwen Revolt in Taiwan, and against the rebel leaders Cai Qian and Zhu Fen. He is a well-known Admiral of the mid and late Qing Dynasty.
 
  The inscription recounts the story that Wang refurbished his warships in front of the Sanhe Taoist Temple, and raised funds to renovate the temple before leading his forces to Taiwan to confront Cai Qian. Can Qian led a rebellion to suppress which the Qing government spent years and committed a large number of troops. It was a major event during the reign of the Jiaqing Emperor. The inscription records the event and proves the important role that Kulangsu played in linking Fujian and Taiwan.
 
  Westerners coming to Kulangsu showed particular interest in this magnificent inscription . Herbert Allen Giles, British Consul successively in Shanghai, Tamsui and Ningpo between 1883 and 1893,translated the whole text into English in his book A Short History of Koolangsu, published in 1878, which also included photos of the inscription.