Jade Buddha Temple Travel Tips

On September 1, 2011, in Historical Relics, Shanghai, Temples, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

The Jade Buddha Temple is a very ancient monastery, so the ticket price is relatively higher than common temples. On entering the main hall, visitors first will burn incenses available in various designs for your selection to worship the Buddha, and then go upstairs to pay respect to the figure of the jade Buddha. At […]

The Jade Buddha Temple is a very ancient monastery, so the ticket price is relatively higher than common temples. On entering the main hall, visitors first will burn incenses available in various designs for your selection to worship the Buddha, and then go upstairs to pay respect to the figure of the jade Buddha. At the back of the temple there is a pool full of carps in different sizes, visitors can feed them here. In addition, visitors can have delicious noodles in the vegetarian restaurant near the pool. The first and the fifteenth day of a month according to the lunar calendar, people come to the temple in swarms.

Best time to visit Jade Buddha Temple:

The City of Shanghai is located in the front part of the Yangtze River delta, so it belongs to typical subtropical maritime monsoon climate. There are four distinct seasons with enough rainfall from May to September. The hottest time in Shanghai is July and August when the temperature will  exceed 35℃ for about ten days. The coldest time is from the last ten-day period of January to the beginning of February, though there is no sign of snow, the wet cold air and freezing north wind is terrible. So pay attention to protect yourself from cold. From the middle ten-day period of June to the first ten-day period of July, it is the plum rain season. From the end of August to the September Shanghai comes to the typhoon season. Please bear in mind to take an umbrella with you. The modernization and prosperity of Shanghai attract numerous tourists from all over the world every year. In spring, you can go to the suburbs for an outing, admiring the beautiful willow trees and peach blossoms. Besides, autumn is the best time for having steamed crab which is well-known for its tasty flavor. It’s worth noting that around Tomb Sweeping Day, people in Shanghai are busy going out to pay respects to their deceased kinsfolk, therefore, the traffic to the cities neighboring Shanghai endures great tension. Try to avoid visiting Shanghai during Golden Week period due to the crowdedness and traffic control.

Jade Buddha Temple Best Route: Visitors can choose the route he likes because there aren’t many attractions except the temple.

Jade Buddha Temple Ticket:

Open hours: 8:00am —16:30

8:00am —17:30 (on the first and the fifteenth day every month according to the lunar calendar)

Ticket price: 20 yuan (10 yuan on the first and the fifteenth day every month according to the lunar calendar)

Pay extra 10 yuan to have a look at the Jade Buddha.

How to go to Jade Buddha Temple:

Address: No.999# Jiangning Road, Putuo District, Shanghai, China

Tel: 021-62665596

By bus:

Take Bus No.13, 19, 24, 36, 54, 63, 68, 76, 105, 106, 112, 113, 138, 206, 223, 506, 516, 550, 563, 738, 768, 830, 837, 866, 922 to Anyuan Road station, then you can arrived at the temple.

Jade Buddha Temple

On September 1, 2011, in Historical Relics, Places of Interest, Shanghai, Temples, by Jack Li

The Jade Buddha situates in a quiet corner in Putuo District downtown Shanghai. The Jade Buddha Temple was founded in 1882 to house two white jade Buddha statues brought from Burma. Destroyed and then abandoned in the 1911, the temple buildings were. reconstructed on the same site in 1918-28. It is a Song style complex […]

The Jade Buddha situates in a quiet corner in Putuo District downtown Shanghai. The Jade Buddha Temple was founded in 1882 to house two white jade Buddha statues brought from Burma. Destroyed and then abandoned in the 1911, the temple buildings were.

reconstructed on the same site in 1918-28. It is a Song style complex with Chamber of Four Heavenly Kings, Grand Hall and Jade Buddha Chamber lying on the central axis. The Jade Buddha Temple is not necessarily famous for its architecture, but the two Buddhas housed within. Both are made of white jade in Burma and in depict of Shakyamuni Buddha. The most impressive of the two is the seated Buddha, 1.9 meters (6 feet 5 inches) tall, weighing 205 kg (452 lb) and decorated with semi-precious stones. The other statue is a serene and beautiful Reclining Buddha about 1 meter (3 feet 4 inches) long. The two precious jade Buddhist statues are not only valuable cultural relics but also magnificent artworks. Both the Seated Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha are carved with Burman white jade. The sparkling and crystal-clear jade gives the Buddhas a touch of sanctity and lifelikeness. The Seated Buddha is coated by the agate and the emerald, portraying the Buddha at the moment of his meditation. The calm face demonstrates the peacefulness of Sakyamuni when he left the secular world. The Recumbent Buddha lies on the right side with the right hand under his head and the left hand resting on the left leg. This posture is called  “lucky repose”. It was brought from Singapore by the tenth abbot of the temple in 1989. Moreover, there are many other ancient paintings and Buddhist scriptures distributed in the different halls of the temple.

Jade Buddha Temple Story

1.   The History of Jade Buddha Temple

In the Qing Dynasty under Emperor Guangxu’s rule there was a venerable monk named Hugen. One day was not satisfied with preaches in the temple and wanted to spread love and grace of Buddha to more people, thus, he come down the mountain and paid his pilgrimage to Burma where was considered the pure

land of Buddhism. He went through numerous hardships and destitution to finally get there. When he was in Burma, he found there was jade artwork everywhere in the market place. Consequently it occurred to him that it would be a perfect idea to carve the Buddha in this kind of jade. However, he didn’t have enough money to buy the jade. Huigen set up his mind to get this task done. So he travelled across the countries and collected mendicities for the statue. But the money he gathered from begging is far from enough. Fortunately, Huigen met a wealthy merchant who knew he was trying to complete a task that has far-reaching effects. So he chipped in 20,000 Liang silver to help Huigen. Huigen then asked permission of the king of Burma to tap the jade mine. The King asked him in surprise, “You are from China, why you come to our country and want to carve the jade Buddha?” “The Buddha himself took me here.” The Burma king was impressed by his piousness and gave him the permission. It was the very first time for a foreigner to tap the jade mine. Huigen hired several skillful craftsmen to carve five Buddha statues in different sizes and postures. Excited and content he placed the statues on a ship and took them back to China. Nonetheless, when he transferred them from sea ferries to river ferries in Shanghai, he can not do so because the statues are too heavy for such small boats. As he was stuck in Shanghai one of the Qing government officers persuaded him to leave the Buddha statues in Shanghai to spread love for local folks. Huigen agreed to leave two of the five, the Seated one and the Recumbent one. The Jade Buddha Temple was build in remembrance of Huigen housing the two valuable Buddha statues.

Yuzi Paradise Travel Tips

On August 31, 2011, in China Attractions, Cool Places, Guilin, Modern Architecture, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Since 1997, the Yuzi Paradise in Guilin has held eight international sculpture camps. 114 famous sculptors from 25 countries have created 115 sculptures of their own distinctive styles and features. For the project composition section of the Yuzi Paradise, the internationally renowned sculptor Zhu Ming from Taiwan, Artistic Director of the Yuzi Paradise Xiao Changzheng, […]

Since 1997, the Yuzi Paradise in Guilin has held eight international sculpture camps. 114 famous sculptors from 25 countries have created 115 sculptures of their own distinctive styles and features. For the project composition section of the Yuzi Paradise, the internationally renowned sculptor Zhu Ming from Taiwan, Artistic Director of the Yuzi Paradise Xiao Changzheng, Xiao Li from Beijing, Li Xiuqin from Hangzhou, Robert Pirrestiger from French and Eberhard Eckerle from Germany have contributed a series of exquisite works of art.

Best Seasons to Visit the Yuzi Paradise

The best seasons to visit the Yuzi Paradise are from April to October. This period of time also includes the Labor Day golden week and the National Day golden week when there is an influx of tourists in Guilin and the prices of hotels and transportation rise correspondingly. So you may choose to avoid these two periods in order to enjoy the beauty of the Yuzi Paradise at easy.

Yuzi Paradise Best Routes: (none available)

Yuzi Paradise Ticket:

Adults: RMB 80 per person

Children: RMB 30 per person (free of charge for children under 1.1 m)

Opening hours: 8:30-18:30

How to get to Yuzi Paradise

Distances from Yuzi Paradise to key locations:

32 km from the City of Guilin;

30 km from the train station and the bus station;

60 km from Liangjiang International Airport

30 km from Shuoyang (the reputed town which represents the beauty of Guilin’s sceneries)

From Guilin to Yuzi Paradise:

By car: drive for 30 km along the Guiyang Highway;

By special-line bus: 6:40-18:40 (A bus departs every 20 minutes. The bus station is in Guilin train station and the fare is around RMB 5 per person.)

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Yuzi Paradise

Yuzi Paradise is situated in the Dabu Village of the Yanshan District in Guilin. It is a large-scale landscape art park established in 1998 by Cao Rizhang, an entrepreneur from Taiwan. The park includes 533 hectares of enchanting mountain and lake scenery dotted with marvelous artworks featuring sculptures and cave-carving works. Exhibitions, contests, and seminars […]

Yuzi Paradise is situated in the Dabu Village of the Yanshan District in Guilin. It is a large-scale landscape art park established in 1998 by Cao Rizhang, an entrepreneur from Taiwan. The park includes 533 hectares of enchanting mountain and lake scenery dotted with marvelous artworks featuring sculptures and cave-carving works. Exhibitions, contests, and seminars on art creations are frequently held in the park, making it a world-leading creation base and holiday resort with a combination of natural beauty and rich artistic atmosphere. In 2003, Yuzi Paradise was rated “the National 4A Scenic Area”, and in 2004 it was conferred the title of “National Cultural Industry Model Base” by the Ministry of Culture.

During its construction, Mr. Cao intended it as an art museum alive with imaginative artworks set against Guilin’s picturesque landscape. He hoped that the Yuzi Paradise would be one of the most outstanding art museums. In pursuit of this goal, he chose “Protect nature and promote art” as the theme of the park that presents a harmonious picture of the typical Guilin scenery and human culture. In the Yuzi Paradise, you can appreciate the gorgeous sculptures and cave-carvings while enjoying the beautiful scenery around.

The owner of the Yuzi Paradise will continue with his effort to promote open-mindedness in artistic creation through hosting various kinds of artistic contests and active cooperation with relevant enterprises and industries. Thanks to the Yuzi Paradise, Guilin is on its way to become a notable center of modern art and culture on the international stage.

Yuzi Paradise Travel Tips

Yushan Park Travel Tips

On August 31, 2011, in Guilin, Parks & Gardens, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Yushan Park is located near Beiji Park and Yushan Bridge in the northern part of downtown in Guilin, Guangxi province. The park got this name because Yushan Mountain is in it. It is a recommendation to start the trip around Guilin from this place, as it is a source of the city’s history. Best Time […]

Yushan Park is located near Beiji Park and Yushan Bridge in the northern part of downtown in Guilin, Guangxi province. The park got this name because Yushan Mountain is in it. It is a recommendation to start the trip around Guilin from this place, as it is a source of the city’s history.

Best Time to Visit Yushan Park

April to October is the best time to visit the park. The golden week in May and October attracts many visitors, as the weather is particularly agreeable. If travelling at that time, remember to book your transport and accommodation in advance and be prepared for higher prices. During the slack season, however, you will have a better chance to experience the beautiful scenery of the park.

Yushan Park Best Route

Yudi Temple – Yiqin Garden – Sanjue Monument – Wufu Tower – Wenshao Building –- Shaoyin Cave – Jiuchongtian – Meiquan Palace

Yushan Park Ticket

Price: 32 Yuan

Opening time: from 7:30 to 18:00

How to get to Yushan Park  

By bus: you can take buses No.1, No.2, No.15, No.18, No.99, No.58, and No.100. And No.58 bus (from 8:30 to 16:30) is free; the air-conditioned No.99 bus, it drives from the north to the south across the city, the price is 2 Yuan; the rest buses only cost 1 Yuan.

By taxi: there are many taxis in Guilin, most of them are Jetta and Santana. In daytime and at night the fee standard of taxi is different. In daytime (from 6:30 to 23:00), price starts at 7 Yuan (including the 2km); after 2km and less than 4km, it is 1.6 Yuan per kilometer; after 4km, it is 2 Yuan per kilometer. At night (from 23:00 to 6:30), price starts at 7.80 Yuan; from 2km to 4km, it is 1.80 Yuan per kilometer; after 4km, it is 2.40 Yuan per kilometers.

By bike: it is a good idea to rent bike to travel around the downtown. It is very convenient to rent bike as every hotel and main streets has bike rental outlets. The rent fee is charged by hour or by day. For instance, in the International Youth Hotel in Guilin, rent bike costs 15 Yuan per day.

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The attractions in Yushan Park

On August 31, 2011, in Guilin, Nature Scenery, Parks & Gardens, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Yu Mountain Yu Mountain is situated in the Yushan Park, to the east from the North Pole Square and the west bank of Li River.  It is an isolated peak, where the tomb of imperial concubine “Hai” is situated. According to historical records, the Yudi Temple standing on the Mountain was constructed in Tang dynasty.  […]

Yu Mountain

Yu Mountain is situated in the Yushan Park, to the east from the North Pole Square and the west bank of Li River.  It is an isolated peak, where the tomb of imperial concubine “Hai” is situated. According to historical records, the Yudi Temple standing on the Mountain was constructed in Tang dynasty.  On the eastern side of the temple, a pavilion called “Nan xun” from Song dynasty was built.  The “Nanxun” Cave, an old buried channel in ancient times, connects southern and northern foot of the mountain.  There are many famous works on the cliff of Yu Mountain, such as the article of Han Yunqing from Tang dynasty, Zhuxi’s(Song dynasty) stone inscription “the Stele of Yudi Temple” and more.  Moreover, Zhangshi’s “the Record of Shaoyin Cave” and Fang xinru’s “Old Love Song” were carved inside the cave.

The Relic of Shun Temple

The relic of ShunTemple is located on the southern side of Yu Mountain, one of the most famous mountains in Guilin.  The mountain was named after the Emperor Yu’s visit to South China.  To honor his visit to the mountain, the Shun Temple was built. The ministers from Tang dynasty, Han yunqing, Han xiushi and Li yangbing, carved their common inscription, ”The Preface of Yu Temple” which is the earliest stone carving in Yu Mountain. This preface recorded the construction of Shun Temple.  Since Southern Song dynasty, the temple, serving as a monastery, has been reconstructed many times.  The relic of ShunTemple is one of the Yushan Park’s attractions at present.

Shaoyin Cave

Shaoyin Cave is situated at the west foot of Yushan. It used to be a watercourse flowing from north to south. Nowadays, it is 2~3 meters high, 5.5 meters wide and 105 meters deep. Its total area is 720 square meters. In front of the north entrance, the sound of flowing water and the sound of wind blowing through pines mixed together, resembling the Shao music practiced by Emperor Shun. It is the reason why the cave was called “Shaoyin”. In Ming Dynasty, the name was inscribed by Zhou Jinlong on the wall of cave. Yu Hui in Qing Dynasty inscribed two Chinese characters “Xun Xian”. Those two inscriptions express the unique feature of Shaoyin cave.

Nanxun Pavilion

Nanxun Pavilion is situated on of the southern slope of Yushan. It was built by Zhangshi in the second year of reign of the Chunxin Emperor in the Song Dynasty (1175) and was refurbished many times. To the east from the pavilion you can see the Lijiang River; in the south there is pine forest; in the north those two sceneries combine. The pavilion was destroyed during the Anti-Japanese War and still hasn’t been fully reconstructed. In the past, people used to have banquets here. Nowadays, the newly built Yushan Bridge connects the east and west of Lijiang River, which will enable more visitors to see the pavilion.

Yushan Park

Yushan Park

On August 31, 2011, in Guilin, Historical Relics, Parks & Gardens, Temples, by Jack Li

YushanPark is situated in the south of the North Pole Square in Guilin, next to the Yushan Bridge.  The park got its name because Yu Mountain located inside the park.  It is a popular starting point for tours around Guilin.  The park is designed in grand detail, combining traditional and modern styles and the glamour […]

YushanPark is situated in the south of the North Pole Square in Guilin, next to the Yushan Bridge.  The park got its name because Yu Mountain located inside the park.  It is a popular starting point for tours around Guilin.  The park is designed in grand detail, combining traditional and modern styles and the glamour of the East and West.  The whole park can be divided into two parts.  The northern part is a typical modern park with springs and waterfalls, surrounded by picturesque scenery. During the night, the park’s beauty is enhanced by colorful illuminations. In the southern part of the park, a reconstruction of YudiTemple and magnificent “Wufu Tower” (symbolizing peace, long life, wealth, safety, morality and good ending) with a bell are particularly worth mentioning.   There are many other unique constructions in the southern part of the park, such as the marble “Jiu chongtian” (meaning ‘nine spheres of Heaven’) and “Jiya Garden” with a great collection of rare treasures, handicrafts and more.

Yushan Park Attractions

Yu Mountain

Shaoyin Cave

Nanxun Pavilion

The Relic of Shun Temple

Yushan Park Story

1. Yudi Temple and Chess

The mountain is named after Emperor Yu, who passed the mountain during his journey to the South. To memorize the emperor’s visit, the Yudi Temple was built in the Qin dynasty.  The Temple has a history of over two thousand years.  At the entrance to the temple, there is a bronze statue of Emperor Yu’s little brother Xiang, the inventor of Chinese Chess (called ‘xiangqi’ in Chinese). According to the legend, Xiang was known as a cheeky boy, having no respect for his older brother’s orders.  He mended his ways after Yu’s death. Xiang guarded the temple’s doors to keep the monsters from disturbing his older brother at rest.  Xiang became so intelligent, that all his hair fell down and he became bald. That is how the Chinese idiom”Cong Ming Jue Ding” (signifying a person of unusually high IQ) came to life. His invention is a good example of his intelligence. It is said that if one wants to be clever or succeed in gambling, he or she should touch Xiang’s head.

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Yonghegong Lama Temple Travel Tips

On August 31, 2011, in Beijing, More Places of Interest, Temples, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Walking past Guozijian East Gate, you will see a simple and classical temple. This is Lama Temple, the largest and most well-preserved Lama temple in Beijing. Lama Temple was officially open to public since 1981 as a place for religious activities. Everyday numerous people come to the temple and offer incense, and you may smell […]

Walking past Guozijian East Gate, you will see a simple and classical temple. This is Lama Temple, the largest and most well-preserved Lama temple in Beijing. Lama Temple was officially open to public since 1981 as a place for religious activities. Everyday numerous people come to the temple and offer incense, and you may smell the fragrance of the incense outside of the temple yard.

Best Seasons to Visit Yonghegong Lama Temple

Spring and autumn are the best seasons for travelling in Beijing, especially in autumn when the weather is cool and pleasant. So you may come for a visit anytime in April, May, September or October.

Yonghegong Lama Temple Best Routes

Usually the visit should start along the main axis of the major temples from the front to the back. Then go clockwise around the axis to visit the rest of the temple. Situated on the main axis are the Mountain Gate, Tianwang Hall, Lama Temple Main Hall, Yongyou Hall, Falun Hall, Wanfuge Hall. On the east and the west are the Side Halls and the Four Lecture Halls (the Scripture Hall, the Vajrayana Hall, the Mathematics Hall and the Medicine Lord Hall).

Yonghegong Lama Temple Ticket

Entrance ticket: RMB 25

Opening hours: 9:00-17:00

How to get to Yonghegong Lama Temple

By subway: Take Line 2 or Line 5 and get off at Yonghegong Lama Temple Station. Get out of the station by Exit C. Walk 150 metres to the west and you will come to the Lama Temple.

By bus: Take bus 62, 13, 116, 44 or Te-2 and get off at Yonghegong Station. Or take bus 13, 116, 684 and get off at Guozijian Station.

The Wanfu Hall

On August 31, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, Temples, by Jack Li

The Wanfu Hall (literally “the hall of ten thousand buddhas”) is situated behind the Falun Hall in the Lama Temple. It is the most magnificent hall in the temple, consisting of three seperated parts linked by corridors. The middle part of Wanfu Hall is a three floor main hall, with the two floor Yansui Hall […]

The Wanfu Hall (literally “the hall of ten thousand buddhas”) is situated behind the Falun Hall in the Lama Temple. It is the most magnificent hall in the temple, consisting of three seperated parts linked by corridors. The middle part of Wanfu Hall is a three floor main hall, with the two floor Yansui Hall to its left, and the two floor Yongkang Hall to its right. The three halls seem to blend into each other, and form a harmonious building. The elegant paintings on the walls and eaves somewhat represent the architectural style of the Liao (AD907-AD1125) and the Jin (AD1115-AD1234) Dynasty.

The building is named “wanfu” because there are about ten thousand small statues of buddha placed inside the walls of the hall. However, the most attracting thing in the hall is not the walls of ten thousand buddhas, but a huge statue of Maitreya. You can see the famous statue once you enter the Wanfu Hall. It is a 26 meter high statue made by one single piece of white sandalwood. The precious timber was a gift from the sixth Dalai Lama of Tibet to Emepror Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty. To carve the timber, the emperor spent over 80 thousand silver dollars in total. The wooden Maitreya looks tall and strong, with gildings all over his body, on which dotted various beautiful gemstones. The cassock he wears is made of yellow satin that worth 5 thousand silver dollars.   It is one of the three treasures of the Lama Temple.

In addition, there is a wooden niche made of Jinsi Nanmu, a very precious timber in the eastern side hall of the main hall. Skilled carpenter carved 99 vivid cloud-dragons over it. The wonderful niche is another treasure of the Lama Temple. The third treasures is the 500-Buddhist-arhats hill in the Falun Hall.

Yonghegong Lama Temple

The Yongyou Hall

On August 31, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, Temples, by Jack Li

The Yongyou Hall is situated right behind the Lama Temple Main Hall. From the outside, you can easily identify that the hall is seperated into 5 rooms. There used to be 10 rooms inside the halls. During renovations, each of the two adjoining rooms were united as one. When Emperor Yongzheng moved into the Forbidden […]

The Yongyou Hall is situated right behind the Lama Temple Main Hall. From the outside, you can easily identify that the hall is seperated into 5 rooms. There used to be 10 rooms inside the halls. During renovations, each of the two adjoining rooms were united as one. When Emperor Yongzheng moved into the Forbidden City, he lived in the Lama Temple, and used the Yongyou Hall as his study and bedroom. Later after he died, his coffin was temporarily placed in the hall for condolence. Because of this event, the Yongyou Hall became a place where memorial ceromonies of the royal family were often held in the Qing Dynasty. The name of the Hall, “Yongyou”, literally means blessing all the emperors that has passed away.

In the centre of the Yongyou Hall, there are three lotus-like seats. The statues of the Medicine Buddha, the Amitabha, and the Shihou Buddha are placed from left to right in a row, sitting quietly on the seats, with an average height of 2.35 meters. All of the three statues are made of sanders. On the eastern wall of the hall hangs a beautiful portrait of the White Tara, and on the western wall, an exquisite tapestry of the Green Tara. Rumor has it that the tapestry used to be destroyed for careless protection. It is Emperor Qianlong’s mother and her maids who renovated it according to the remains. The precious tapestry has a history of more than 290 years now.

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