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Quite a few things to see when visiting the gorgeous watertown of Zhou Zhuang between Suzhou and Shanghai, but of all the local attractions the most impressive is perhaps the Quanfu Temple dedicated to Buddhism. It dates back to the Song dynasty (1086) and has recently gone through some impressive reconstruction.

 

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The complex includes a number of shrine halls, filled with various symbols of Buddha and various protecting Daoist Gods, as well as a series of bridges and small lakes.

 

 

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Who resides there? Have a look…

 

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And just for the wrap-ups, a few closeups of temple rituals…

 

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One of the nicest temples I’ve seen in China as of yet. Lovely.



Tags: buddha; buddhism; daoism; lake; quanfu; song dynasty; taoism; temple; venice of the orient;


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