Nengren Temple is nestled at the northern foot of Lushan Mountain. And it has long been known as one of the most significant temples with large collections of ancient architecture in Jiujiang City. In 1983,it is designated as one of major national Buddhism Temple by State Council.
The temple was first built in 503 during the Southern Dynasty (420-589), and went through many changes and repairs through dynasties that followed. Most of the present architectures were renovated or rebuilt in 1870 during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The temple covers an area of 3,000 square meters (0.74 acre) and it is the largest historical architecture in Jiujiang City.
The temple is typical of Chinese architecture: natural, elegant and spectacular. boasts a collection of structures that create a grand view. Distributed along a central axis, these buildings are the Front Gate, Tian Wang Hall, Twin Sun Bridge, the Great Buddha's Hall, Iron Buddha Hall and the Depository of the Buddhism Texts. Wandering through the halls and pavilions, visitors can have an insight into Chinese Buddhism culture.
Eight charming sites in the temple are worth seeing: Great Victory Pagoda, Stone Boat, Iron Buddha, Twin Sun Bridge, Xichuanshi, and Hui ‘er spring, Icy Hill and Snow Cave.
Great Victory Pagoda
Great Victory Pagoda was originally built in 766 during Tang Dynasty and underwent repairs and renovations during Ming and Qing dynasties. With its west-facing gate, the pagoda is built with 7-story hexagonal structure made of bricks and stones. It is 43 meters (about 141 feet) high. From the second story on, there is a door on each side of the hexagon. Inside the pagoda, there is a brick staircase to the top, where visitors can enjoy an panoramic view of Jiujiang City. Such staircase is the only one of its kind remaining in China. Great Victory Pagoda is the land mark of Jiujiang City.
Stone Boat is a big concave stone which resembles a boat. It is 5 meters (about 16.4 feet) long, 1 meter (about 3.3 feet) wide, and 6 meters (about 19.7 feet) deep. On the boat sits the Iron Buddha. Unfortunately, the iron Buddha was destroyed and the existing one is made of concrete.
Twin Sun Bridge
Twin Sun Bridge is a three-arched stone bridge. It is renowned for the marvelous scene of two reflections of the sun that can be seen from the east side of the pool.
Xichuanshi (Raindrop Piercing through Stone) is a large piece of rectangular granite engraved with clouds, flower ornaments and inscriptions. On its top is a funnel-shaped hollow made from the constant dripping of water. This is a good example of the aphorism: 'constant efforts make success.'
In reality, Hui'er Spring is a well behind Grand Hall. The spring water is very pure and mellow. It is said that wisdom and understanding can be enhanced by drinking the water from the well.
Icy Hill and Snow Cave
Ad legend has it, they were two hills, one can make mist and the other can make snow flakes. However, they were destroyed in 1931.Later; the monks moved two debris replacing them.
Location: South Yuliang Road, Xunyang District, Jiujiang City.
Entrance Fee: RMB 10
Transportation: Take Bus No. 12, 17 or 19, get off at Yuliang North Road and walk to the temple.
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