Located in the Mountain Yishan Fengwei village, west part of Fuzhou, Xi Chan Temple is one of the Five Great Temples of Fuzhou (along with Yong Quan Temple in Drum Mountain, Chongfu Temple in Elephant Peak, Chongsheng Temple in Snow Peak, and Linyang Temple in Rui Peak).It is well-known in Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.
Built during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), it is an extraordinary Buddhist Temple, including 36 large and small structures. The major attractions in the Xi Chan Temple are the Hall of 500 Buddhist Arhats, The Great Hall of the Buddha, and the Hall of Deities. These three architectures were built during the eight year reign of Emperor Xiang Tong in the Tang Dynasty.
The six-level Hall of 500 Buddhist Arhats is definitely the pearl of the crown. The eye-catching building also allows visitors to go all the way up to the top, and most floors have outdoor walkways around the terrace, so visitors could have fantastic view nearby Fuzhou .Besides, towards the exit, there is a small turtle pond with very large fish in it, nice chance to take photos while feeding them. Then, there is a small lake with a superb Banyan tree, a nice place to enjoy the oriental peaceful moment.
Moreover, there are many ancient relics in the temple, such as the imperial handwriting of Emperor Kangxi and murals of Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Here is also the nice place to view the old lichee trees which were planted since Song Dynasty. Some are still flowering and bearing fruit in the temple.
Location: No.455 Gongye Road, Fuzhou, Gulou District, Fuzhou
Entrance Fee: RMB 20
Transportation: Take Bus No.27, 606,701,813,812,723,957,941 or14
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