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thepipefishfans wrote a review Dec. 2018
London, United Kingdom607 contributions183 helpful votes
I never tire of this type of site seeing .I may well have seen thousands of temples before but nothing detracts from the beauty I found here .With a back drop of pure blue sky this was seen at it's best .I could have happily spent a lot longer here just to soak up the atmosphere .Would recommend…
Date of experience: September 2018
Pauli C wrote a review Oct. 2018
Seattle, Washington253 contributions59 helpful votes
As we approached entrance to the first Temple, Puning Si, the smell of incense immediate engulfed your olfactory. The wind was blowing towards the entrance. As we entered the property it was similar to other temples we had seen except this one had a fire pit burning with incense and a stand where visitors could buy incense to burn. Many of the Chinese or Buddhist visitors purchased, bowed in multiple directions and then lit the incense. The Temple was grand, but the most amazing part and the thing to now miss was the statue of the Goddess Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, carved from wood that stood over 72 feet. There is just no words to describe it and in my opinion it is a must see and worth the stop if you are in Chengde. My teen girls loved it. The day we were there, during the National Holiday week in October, there were a ton of visitors to the property, both Western and local. Throughout the property not far from the incense burning areas were these large copper drums that everyone would walk down and turn. It was clearly a ritual of some sort. Although I am not up on my Buddhist transitions. It was honestly a very cool looking thing to watch. At the top of the property were a ton of locks, yep, pad locks. Strung all over the place. You could purchase one to hang for what ever fortune you wished bestowed on you: Peace, Love, Fortune, Health, Career, Good Luck, Inner Peace, or Affection. As with most ancient properties in China, to really see everything, be prepared to walk stairs. There are many. But it is so worth the hike!…
Date of experience: October 2018
Millenium2016 wrote a review Sep. 2018
Switzerland219 contributions89 helpful votes
Nice place, but you usually visit this temple at the end of your roadtrip to Chengde so the fifth or sixth one is not the one with the highest emotions. But woth to see.
Date of experience: July 2018
codered202001 wrote a review Mar. 2018
Glendora, California92 contributions9 helpful votes
The temple is peaceful and serene, the big wooden Budda is a magnificent sight! To see how it was hand carved from one single tree over 300 years ago.I suggest this sight to see this magnificent structure.
Date of experience: March 2018
alanb wrote a review Oct. 2017
Lewes, United Kingdom466 contributions171 helpful votes
Having seen numerous Buddhas around south east Asia this one was outstanding in its size. The temple complex was probably one of the more interesting ones we visited during our trip through China.
Date of experience: September 2017