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Address: Dafosi Alley, Minzhu West Road, Ganzhou District, Zhangye 734000, China
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08:00 - 17:00
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Decent Trip, Highlight: Giant Reclining Buddha

A insightful trip learning about Chinese mythology and legend. Highlight of the trip would be the Giant Reclining Buddha, which is the length of the temple.!

Reviewed 16 January 2017
Singapore, Singapore
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Zhangye, China
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

DaFo Temple is an interesting way to spend an afternoon, but by no means is a must-see. The temple holds the largest reclining Buddha in China and is supposedly the place where Kublai Khan was born (although I'm not sure how they would prove this). It is a beautiful and peaceful temple, but not unlike other temples in China. If... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 16 January 2017

A insightful trip learning about Chinese mythology and legend. Highlight of the trip would be the Giant Reclining Buddha, which is the length of the temple.!

Thank yEeVoNy25
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76 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

Or if you prefer, daylight robbery. 40 yuan admittance for an "experience" which even if taken slowly lasts 15 minutes. An utter waste of both time and money. Only two buildings open, the main temple which takes two minutes to see and another smaller place which you can photograph (despite signs cautioning no pictures) with three snaps. I have to... More 

Thank SinophileLuton
Yancheng, China
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59 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

The temple was better than we expected. It is nicely maintained and was very quiet and peaceful. We liked that very much. The grounds are big. Buildings are nice. The Buddha statue great. It was a nice visit. A must do in Zhangye.

Thank ghkulkarni
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28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

The temple and the Giant Reclining Buddha are worth a look. The tour is in Chinese and there is little English explanation. The Qing Dynasty intact guild buildings were more interesting.

Thank MooncakeVixen
Hong Kong, China
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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

The Zhangye Giant Buddha Temple is great as the temple remains largely untouched for hundreds of years, except for essential repairs, hence it is quite a departure from the other rebuilt temples. There is a giant buddha inside and a display showing the internal construction of the giant buddha. It also has nice garden.

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Central Poland, Poland
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We went there on the departure day. Lazy walking from hotel, few pictures and go back. The Buddha was impressive. The temple is still used by people so even more interesting to see how they pray.

Thank artur_maz
Dubbo, Australia
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Dafo Temple is a beautiful complex of buildings and provides a quiet sanctuary amongst the hustle of Zhangye. Entry was ¥40 and we were lucky enough to have the place almost entirely to ourselves. The Giant Buddha hall is dimly lit and has a very peaceful atmosphere. The workmanship in the main statue as well as all of the accompanying... More 

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Sandnes, Norway
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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

This is the Giant Buddha temple. Well worth a visit for that sake alone. The temple also offers a few other buildings you can visit including a museum like exhibit. Not a major attraction for non Buddhist travelers, but it's the main highlight within Zhangye city so it's easily worth to visit while traveling by to see the landscapes.

Thank mysurp
Singapore, Singapore
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46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

I'm always so amazed with temples. This is a must see if you're in Zhangye. It's not so hard to get here and you don't need much time. You don't get to see a giant buddha lying down everyday and so it was an eye opener!

Thank smellycupcakes

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