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Bright Filial Piety Temple & Huaisheng Mosque

 Bright Filial Piety Temple

Situated in Guangxiao Lu, Bright Filial Piety Temple is the largest and oldest one of its kind in Guangzhou City. With a history of over 1500-years, the temple was initially established in The Three Kingdoms Period (220 - 280). In the Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127), the name of the temple was changed to Bright Filial Piety Temple after times of changes. Adding to the glory of the temple is the story of Monk Huineng (an influential monk in the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) and how he was initiated into his monk hood under a banyan tree in this temple.


An ancient and majestic building you should not miss in the temple is Da-Xiong-Bao-Dian, where the statues of Sakyamuni and two Bodhisattvas are enshrined. The Bell Tower and Drum Tower are sitting on the two sides of the hall. An octagonal pagoda named Fa (hair) Tower established in memory of Monk Huineng, buries his hair. The two iron towers located to the west and east of the Da-Xiong-Bao-Dian are the oldest ones among the same kind in China. The West Iron Tower originally had seven stories and at present only three of them have survived through the wartime. The east one, also called Thousand-Buddha Tower is famed for the numerous mini-Buddha images on its body. The main architectures above together with Tian Wang Hall, Sleeping Buddha Hall and Liu Zu Hall, etc. formed a magnificent architecture group.


It is said that many famous monks visited the temple in ancient China. Tourists will learn more about the development of Buddhist culture and also the art of ancient architectures in China in this Temple.

Admission Fee: CNY 6
Opening Hours: 06:00 to 17:50
Recommended
Time for a Visit:
Half an hour
Bus Route: 4,31,36,102



 Huaisheng Mosque

Guangzhou City is the cradle of the Marine Silk Road in the ancient China. Along with the development of marine trade, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity were introduced to Guangzhou City. Huaisheng Mosque, one of the four ancient mosques of Islam in China, is a site of historical importance connected to the Marine Silk Road.

Huaisheng Mosque is one of the earliest mosques established after Islam was introduced to China and was built in the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907). To commemorate the founder of Islam - Mohammed, the mosque is called Huaisheng (remember the Sage). The mosque now standing was rebuilt in 1695 in the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). Its main features are Sandao Men, Wangyue Lou, Church Hall and Sutra-Preserved Pavilion.

There is an eye-catching sight in the southwest corner of the mosque, called the Light Tower which was built using typical Arabian architecture. The tower stands 36 meters (about 118 feet) high and there are two spiral staircases inside, circling the central axis to the top of the tower. In ancient times, the Light Tower was a beacon overlooking Zhujiang River guiding Arabian ships. Businessmen would always know they were near Guangzhou when they saw the tower.

The Huaisheng Mosque and Light Tower are symbols of the friendship between Islamic countries and China, which also offer an insight into the study of Islamic development in China.

Admission Fee:
CNY 5
Opening Hours:
06:10 to 17:00
Bus Route:
56,74
Recommended
Time for a Visit:
Half an hour