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Baoguang Temple & Wenshu Monastery

 Baoguang Temple

Setting out from Chengdu City to the northern suburbs, about half an hour by bus, you can see an ancient temple surrounded by red walls under exuberant trees, which is the renowned Baoguang Temple, situated 18 kilometers (about 11.18 miles) north of Chengdu City. In the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907), Emperor Xizong had ever seen the divine light shining out from the tower within the temple, so the name of temple changed into Bao (divine) guang (light) Temple.

Through the gate, the main structures are Shanmen Hall, Tianwang Hall, Dagoba, Seven-Buddha Hall, Da-Xiong-Bao-Dian and Sutra-Preservation Pavilion, etc. which were majestically built in large scale. More than 400 pillars supported the arrangement of one tower, five halls and sixteen courtyards. The most exquisite architecture in the temple is considered that of Arhat Hall - the pearl of oriental sculpture art, in which are four doorways and many statues carved by a famous sculpture master of Sichuan Province. Another attractive feature of Baoguang Temple is the abundant richness of The Three Treasures, Buddhist relics, Night-blooming Cereus and Beiye Sutra. Besides, tourists can appreciate calligraphies of many celebrities in Chinese history.

With a long history, majestic architecture, solemn statues, tranquil environment and completed tourist establishments, Baoguang Temple welcomes tourists from all over the world.

Admission Fee: CNY 18
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 16:50
Recommended Time for a Visit: One hour
Bus Route: Take buses at railway station to Xindu.

 Wenshu Monastery

The most completed Buddhist temple in Chengdu City and the location of Sichuan Province Buddhism Association - Wenshu Monastery is situated northwest of Chengdu City. In 1681, Cidu (a Buddhist monk) came to the temple, during his cremation after his asceticism, it was said that the red firelight reflected the image of Wenshu Bodhisattva, and people believe Cidu was the embodiment of Wenshu. Thereafter the temple changed the name into Wenshu Monastery.

Entering into the monastery are typical Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) style architectures: Tianwang Palace, Sandashi Palace, Da-xiong-bao-dian, Shuofa Hall and Sutra-Preservation Pavilion in turn connect via a long corridor. There are more than ten thousands sutras stored in Sutra-Preservation Pavilion including the precious 'Diamond Sutra' obliged by Emperor Kangxi in the Qing Dynasty. Wenshu Monastery houses many treasures, the stone carvings, bronze foundry, wooden statues and earth models, etc. are treasures of art. Tourists can appreciate sutras written in blood, thousand-Buddha cassock and embroidery with hair, etc.

The beautiful gardens, solemn palaces and numerous cultural relics attracted many tourists. Now tourists can partake of tea in the teahouse there enjoying the leisure of Chengdu City.

People get there by taking No. 1, 5, 16 and 65 bus.

Admission Fee: CNY 5
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 18:00

Chengdu History
Chengdu has a long history of about 2,300 years. In about 250 BC of the first Qin Dynasty (221 BC–206 BC), the satrap of Chengdu Li Bing had taken charge to build the well-known Dujiangyan Irrigation Project in the plain. The area hence has become a 'Heavenly State' with fertile farmlands and rich produces. It was also reputed as one of the five most prosperous cities across China. It even created many other 'firsts' including usage of paper currency, printing and weaving technique, official schools and other aspects in China or even around the world.