Guangzhou- Bright Filial Piety Temple

On November 8, 2011, in China Attractions, Historical Relics, Temples, by Jack Li

Make sure you stop by Guangzhou during your China travels.  Guangzhou has many attractions to see, one is the Bright Filial Piety Temple. The Temple existed before the city of Guangzhou. The history of the temple dates back 1,700 years. The temple location is  not far from your Guangzhou hotel, all you need to do is […]

Make sure you stop by Guangzhou during your China travels.  Guangzhou has many attractions to see, one is the Bright Filial Piety Temple. The Temple existed before the city of Guangzhou. The history of the temple dates back 1,700 years. The temple location is  not far from your Guangzhou hotel, all you need to do is get on the subway and go to line 1. Get off at Ximenkou station and take exit C, be prepared for a seven minute walk.  

Bright filial Piety Temple was built during the Han Dynasty (207BC-24AD). It was first used as a lecture hall in the Han Dynasty. Then in the Song Dynasty it was dedicated into a Zen Buddhist Temple (1127-1279).  The architectural style used in the Temple grounds gives the viewer an insight to Chinese Buddhism cultural history.

There are several main halls you can view while visiting the Bright Filial Piety Temple. The first is the Mahavira Hall. This hall is the oldest and was built in the Jin Dynasty in the year of 401. The Mahavira Hall is to be said to be the best architectural creation in the southern part of China. Since the architectual style of the hall is said to be the best it has influenced other temple designs. The hall is 116 feet long and 81.6 feet wide and 44.62 feet high. The Hall sits on a high platform. Inside the hall you will find three Buddha statues. Protecting the hall is a bell tower and drum tower.

The Sixth Ancestor is another hall you can observe. This hall holds a statue of Master Hui Neng. There is a bodhi tree that is behind the Sixth Ancestor Hall the legend says the abbot of the temple buried Hui Neng’s cut hair under the tree. Hui Neng was the most famous monk who ever stayed in the temple. He was the sixth master of Zen Buddhist Sect.  In the Buddhist cultural Bodhi trees symbolizes wisdom. In ancient China a Pagoda was built in memory of Hui Neng. The Sixth Ancestor Hall was constructed in Song Dynasty (960-1127).   

Heavenly King Hall is the third hall you can examine. Heavenly King Hall is 380 years old it was created in the Ming Dynasty. When you are examining the hall you should notice a Spring Washing Bowl. It was brought in to provide clear water. The Spring Washing Bowl was used by Bodhidhamma so that he could wash is bowl in clean water.

East and West Irons Towers are the oldest irons towers in China. The West Iron  Tower is the oldest out of the two by four years. West upper floors did not survive the collapse of the house. The East tower is still intact it has seven stories. East Iron Towers holds 1,000 shrines and each shrine is housing a statue of a Buddha.

If you want to see ancient China architectural on your Guangzhou tour then visit Bright Filial Piety Temple. The temple dates back 1,700 years. It will only cost you 5RMBs to see the Bright Filial Temple. It is opens at 6:30am and closes at 5:00 daily.

Don’t Forget about Guangzhou

On October 25, 2011, in Must-sees, Shopping, by Jack Li

When you plan your China Tour make sure you don’t forget about Guangzhou. If you love Sub-tropical climate then you will love Guangzhou. It is warm all year around. The rain falls from April to August. So when you plan your Guangzhou tour just remember that October through December is the best time to travel […]

When you plan your China Tour make sure you don’t forget about Guangzhou. If you love Sub-tropical climate then you will love Guangzhou. It is warm all year around. The rain falls from April to August. So when you plan your Guangzhou tour just remember that October through December is the best time to travel there. During this time you will in counter pleasant rain, sunlight and flowers that bloom all year long.

If you need ideas on ways to travel to Guangzhou, you can take a flight or train. There is one airport called Baiyun International. There are also three railroad stations: Guangzhou Railway, East Guangzhou, or North Guangzhou Railway Station. If you go by train you can choose to get a seat or a sleeper bed. If you travel at night it is a good idea to get a sleeper.

Another name for Guangzhou is Canton. It is the third largest city in China. Guangzhou is located in the south-central Guangdong Province its sits north of Pear River and is close to the South China Sea, Hong Kong and Macau.  Just Remember if you want to visit Hong Kong make sure you have a multiple entry visa or you will not get back into China. The legend-During the Zhou Dynasty (1045 BC-254 BC) the Cantonese people suffered from famine for many years. One day five immortals took pity on the city and came in riding goats. Each goat ears where made out of rice and each one was a different color. The immortals blessed the area, they blessed the weather they also blessed the crops. Days after the immortals visited the Cantonese people the famine ended. The Cantonese people wanted to show their appreciation so they built the immortals a temple and called it the “Five Immortals Temple”.

If you like historic sights then you will like Guangzhou. Some of sights you can visit are ‘Western Han Nanyue King’s Tomb Museum’ and ‘Bright Filial Piety Temple’. These sites will tell you about the ancient history of Guangzhou. If you like scenery then you will like Yuexiu Park and Shanmian Island, plus you will be able to see exotic mansions. And it you like to go to museums then you need to make sure you go to “Guangzhou Museum of Art”, the museum is the top art museums in China.   

For all the people who love to shop, there are a massive number of retail stores and shopping malls. The shopper can find top-notch products from all over the world in Guangzhou International Building, but the true shopper’s paradise is the Beijing Road Business Street. If you like food then you will love Guangzhou, since it has the best food. You can find the best Cantonese cuisine there.  Don’t forget about the pastries.

So make sure when you plan your China travel that you don’t forget about Guangzhou. The number one reason why you should not forget about Guangzhou is that it is warm all year long. While you are visiting Guangzhou you can go sight seeing and shopping. Also remember that Guangzhou has the best food.

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