Nanputuo Temple

Admission:

Free

Hours:

5am-5:30pm daily

How to get there:

Take a bus or cab to the temple which sits very close to Xiamen University on South Siming Road (Sīmíng Nán Lù, 思明南路). The temple and university gates are within about 100 m (109 yd) of each other.

Like most temples of its kind in China, Nanputuo Temple (Nánpǔtuó Sì, 南普陀寺) has seen its share of violence and destruction. The original constructions were built more than a millennium ago, then destroyed and later rebuilt in the Tang Dynasty, only to repeat the process in the Ming Dynasty and yet again during the Cultural Revolution. Later renovations in the early 1980's left the temple as it is today.

The temple consists of four separate halls of worship, monk's quarters and some of the best maintained grounds and landscaping you're likely to find in any Chinese temple. Stone carvings, lotus filled ponds and secluded caves are scattered about the grounds. If you're after a bit of good luck, try tossing a coin on the rock behind the main temple—if it says on, good luck should be coming your way.

Behind the smoky courtyards, libraries, monk's digs, temples and statues of chubby Buddha Milefo is Wulao Feng (Wǔlǎo Fēng, 五老峰), "the peak of five old men," which overlooks the South China Sea, offering good views of Xiamen University campus and the sprawling urban metropolis of Xiamen.

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