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How to Visit Temple of Six Banyan Trees

Sunday, March 30th, 2014
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In China, almost every city or town has its own old buddhist temples, which are very often the embodiment of the local arts, religion, culture and history. China lacks the gentry estates like the great houses of England and France. Buddhist temples are important monuments left over by our forefathers to the tangible civilization in China.

As the southern gate in China, Guangzhou has no exception with quite a few buddhist temples. There are four most influential buddhist monasteries in Guangzhou, namely Temple of Six Banyan Trees, Guangxiao Temple, Huanlin Temple and Haizhuan Temple. Plan your Guangzhou tour, don’t miss a short visit to the Temple of Six Banyan Trees.

The Temple of Six Banyan Trees was named in 1100 by the Su Dongpo, the great poet in Northern Dynasty (960 – 1127). The original temple goes back much earlier to 547 AD when it was built to enshrine Buddhist relics brought from India. The buddhist relics were placed under the pagoda in the temple. Both the temple buildings and the pagoda went through several partial renovations in each dynasties.

Every temple has more or less the same layout starting from the four heavenly kings hall and ending with the Hall of Sakyamuni ( Daxion Baodian ). What makes Temple of Six Banyan Trees unique is the Octogonal Pagoda inside the temple.  It is  nicknamed “Flower Pagoda” or” Hua Ta” in Chinese due to the colorful appearance.

How to get to Temple of Six Banyan Trees
Take subway line 1 and get off Gongyuanqian Station (公园前站)and walk along Zhongshan Road to the west direction and turn north to Liurongsi Road (Six Banyan Trees Road).
Add: No. 87, Liu Rong Road, Guangzhou Post Code: 510180

Now follow me to look at Temple of Six Banyan Trees.  The Entrance to the Temple of Six Banyan Trees. “六榕” the two Chinese characters above the gate was written by Su Dongpo.

"六榕" the two Chinese characters above the gate

“六榕” the two Chinese characters above the gate

Behind the entrance is the Hall of Heavenly King. Sitting at the front is Maitreya Buddha and at theback is Vedda for worship.

the Hall of Heavenly King

the Hall of Heavenly King

The pagoda is 57.6 m high, octagonal with outside 9 storeys and 17 inside storeys. It is also called a -one thousand buddha statues and 500 arhats statues.

The pagoda is 57.6 m high

The pagoda is 57.6 m high

The Hall of Mahavira, 14m hight houses three copper statues – Sakyamuni,  Amidabutsu and Maitreya

The Hall of Mahavira

The Hall of Mahavira

Pray for peaceful and fruitful life in the front of Hall of Mahavira

Pray for peaceful and fruitful life

Pray for peaceful and fruitful life

 

This is Avalokitdvara Hall (Guanyin Hall), 13m high, rebuilt in 1988. The hall enshrines two bronze statues of Guanyin.

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How to Visit Chen Clan Ancestral Hall Guangzhou

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
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Plan your Guangzhou tour? If you are going to visit Guangzhou just in one day, you should include a visit to  the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall ((陈家祠). The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall was once an ancestral shrine, originally  built in 1888 and completed in 1894.

The construction of the shrine was collectively sponsored by the 72 Chen clans scattered in Guangdong Province for the accommodation and preparation for the imperial examinations and official discussion from Chen families in Qing Dynasty.

Later it was turned to be the Chen Clan’s Industry College, and later middle schools afterward. Now it is home to the Guangdong Folk Arts Museum.  The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall has 9 halls, which are interspaced by 6 courtyards, and flanked by 10 wing rooms and connected by verandas in the traditional Lingnan style.

It is famed for the ornate decoration which is presented inside and outside the halls.  A large collection of wood carving, stone carving, brick carving, pottery, plaster and iron engraving are seen on the wall , beams, columns, ridges, and  a trove of Chinese folk arts.

The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall can easily reached by subway. You may take subway line 1, get off at the station of Chenjiaci ( 陈家祠 – The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall) and  exit from Exit D.  Out from  the subway station, you are able to see the ancestral shrine on your northeast side.  So just have a light walk from the station to the ticketing office of the former ancestral hall.

Opening hours:  8:30 – 17:30   Entrance fee: RMB10
Add: No.7 Zhongshan Road, Guangzhou Zip: 510170
Tel: 020 81814559 Fax: 020 81705098

Follow me to have a close look at the magnificent carvings, statues and paintings with ornate scrollwork throughout the whole buildings of the ancestral shrine.

With an area of 15,000 square meters, the Ancestral  Hall is a symmetrical complex comprising 19 single buildings. The central axis is flanked on both sides by halls, wing-rooms and corridors. The single buildings are interspaced by courtyards and connected with verandas.

The Ancestral Hall sits with its entrance facing the south and a spacious square in its front.

The entrance to the Ancestral Hall

The entrance to the Ancestral Hall

People are fascinated by the ornate carvings on the wall and roofs.

People are fascinated by the ornate carvings on the wall and roofs.

People are fascinated by the ornate carvings on the wall and roofs.

The exquisite stone carvings on the wall

The exquisite stone carvings on the wall

The exquisite stone carvings on the wall

The fascinating plaster carvings on the veranda

The fascinating plaster carvings on the veranda

The fascinating plaster carvings on the veranda

The ornat wood carvings

The sophisticated wood carvings

The sophisticated wood carvings

The Juxian Hall in the center of the Ancestral Hall

 Juxian Hall

Juxian Hall

The long corrior connects halls and courtyards.

The long corridor cinnects halls and courtyards

The long corridor cinnects halls and courtyards

A close look at the plaster carvings on the rooftop.  The exquisite ceramics carvingds

The exquisite ceramics carvingds

The exquisite ceramics carvings

Tip : Hassle-free Guangzhou Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Guangzhou:

Guangzhou Half Day Tour  from US$75 p/p
Guangzhou Highlight Day Tour    from US$80  p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Guangzhou
How to Visit Guangzhou in One Day
Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruises
How to Visit Chen Clan Ancestral Hall Guangzhou
How to Visit Mausoleum of the Nanyue King
How to Visit Kaiping Diaolou from Guangzhou

Any questions,  just drop a line.

Photos for Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruises

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
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Plan your Guangzhou tour? Night cruising on the Pearl River is a must for many first time visitors coming to Guangzhou. Like the River Thames in London, the River Seine in Paris and Huang Pu River in Shanghai, Guangzhou has its own mesmerizing Pearl River passing through the city proper from west to east.

The Pearl River is the convergence of its three  tributaries – Xi Jiang (“West River”), the Bei Jiang (“North River”), and the Dong Jiang (“East River”). These rivers share a common delta, the Pearl River Delta. The Pearl River is China’s third longest river, 2,400 km long, after the Yangtze River and the Yellow River.

Guangzhou Star Cruises Company has about 10 evening cruises on the Pearl River.  The night cruise normally lasts 90 minutes operating between 18:40 and 22:00.  Boats leave from Tianzi Pier (天子码头), Just east of Haizhu Bridge. To get to Tianzi Pier , you may take subway line 2 and get off at the station of Haizhou Square (海珠广场), then walk along the river to the east direction.  Soon you will see Tianzi Pier by the river.

At the ticketing office, you will find about 10 cruise boats with different prices. Personally, I would like to choose Information (信息时报).  Take the Information for example, the first floor costs RMB 80 (fruit and coffee), the second floor RMB140( including buffet dinner ) and the top open air floor RMB128 (fruits,  coffee, snacks ).

The cruise ticket for the night cruise boat Information T (信息时报)

The cruise ticket for the night cruise boat Information T

The cruise ticket for the night cruise boat Information T

On Board the Cruise Ship named Information ( 信息时报)

On Board the Cruise Ship named Information ( 信息时报)

On Board the Cruise Ship named Information ( 信息时报)

Buffet dinner set on the second floor. If you purchase the 2nd floor ticket, you are entitled to having the buffet dinner.

Buffet dinner set on the second floor

Buffet dinner set on the second floor

 

The magic Haiyin Bridge

The magic Haiyin Bridge

The magic Haiyin Bridge

Guangzhou Bridge and Canton Tower

Passing by the Zhujiang New City Center of Guangzhou

Passing by the Zhujiang New City Center of Guangzhou

Passing by the Zhujiang New City Center of Guangzhou

Entertaiment on board

Entertaiment on board

Entertaiment on board

Back to Tianzi Pier

Back to Tianzi Pier

Back to Tianzi Pier

Tip : Hassle-free Guangzhou Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Guangzhou:

Guangzhou Half Day Tour  from US$75 p/p
Guangzhou Highlight Day Tour    from US$80  p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Guangzhou
How to Visit Guangzhou in One Day
Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruises
How to Visit Chen Clan Ancestral Hall Guangzhou
How to Visit Mausoleum of the Nanyue King
How to Visit Kaiping Diaolou from Guangzhou

Any questions,  just drop a line.