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Nanshan Temple

View of Nanshan TempleNanshan Temple, situated 40 kilometers west of Sanya is the most famous temple in Hainan. It occupies nearly 400 acres on a mountain over 500 meters tall. It is one of the attractions in the Nanshan Culture Tourism Zone. The temple was completed on 12 April, 1998, the 2,000th anniversary year of Buddhism coming to China.

The area is especially beautiful because it is surrounded by clouds all year round. Nanshan Temple has great views of the mountains and hills to its east and west and the Nanhai Sea to the south. Nanshan, the mountain to the temple's south is known to represent longevity according to Chinese mythology.

Nanshan Temple boasts several replicas of Tang Dynasty (618-907) architecture. The Renwang Gate (Mountain Gate), the entrance to the temple, has two figures of Buddha standing as guards. As well, seven Buddhist figures are enshrined in the Doushuai Adytum (or Hall). The Maitreya Buddha (Sanskrit, Mile in Chinese) is in the middle of the Hall with two Bodhisattvas on each side. Around the three Buddhist images stand the Four Heavenly Kings, who act as Buddhist guardians to protect all living creatures and to bring favorable weather and ample harvest. From the Doushuai Adytum, a porch brings visitors to Jin Tang, also called in the time of the Tang Dynasty, Daxiongbaodian (Hall of Ceremony). Here are enshrined the three main Buddha images: the Sakyamuni, the Bhaisajyaguru (Chinese Yaoshiwang) and the Amitabha (Chinese Amituo). These two halls comprise the main parts of the Temple.

Enchanting sights in Nanshan Temple

The Golden Jade Kwan-yin Statue is a 3.8-meter (13-feet) high statue in Nanshan Temple. It is covered with 100 kg (221 pounds) of gold and silver, embedded with 120 carats of South African diamonds plus countless jewels, and containing two sacred Buddhist relics.Beautiful Nanshan Temple

Sea Watch Terrace is just in front of the Nanshan Temple, directly facing the South China Sea, from where visitors can admire the vast seascape and meanwhile view the spectacular 108-meter (354-feet) high copper statue of the South China Sea Kwan-yin Bodhisattva.


Nanshan Temple Tour

Nanshan Temple is a comparatively new temple which combines Buddhist culture, garden architectures, and recreational facilities with the spirit of peace, tranquility, happiness and harmony. It must be a GOOD choice for visitors who wish to pay their respects to Buddhist culture while traveling in Sanya.

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