Other Temples in China


Mammoth Vairochana Buddha at Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang, Henan

In addition to visiting 132 of China's 142 Key Temples (to be continued), I have visited roughly an equal number of notable sites, from the massive Temple of Heaven in Beijing to the crumbling, nearly-gone walls of Chengde's Luohan-tang; from the small neighborhood temples of my home base in Shenzhen to the famed Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang; from the humble (putative) birthplace of Master Xingyun--founder of the global Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order--to the Refuge Rock near Shaoguan, in which Huineng, the Sixth Patriarch of Chan (Zen), is said to have hidden from a forest fire set by an angry mob.

Most of these sites are Buddhist by association, whether temples or rocks. Others are more Daoist/folk, and some are merely historical/cultural (like the Terra Cotta warriors outside of Xi'an). But all are a window into the culture that gave rise to Chinese Buddhism.

"Refuge Rock" where Huineng allegedly hid from an angry mob, Shaoguan, Guangdong

The heaviest concentration of "others" is naturally in Shenzhen, where I lived for over a decade. Another solid grouping is in Yangzhou, where I spent a year living and working in a temple. Other largish groupings were easy to reach when I visited, among others, Beijing, Datong, Xi'an, Shijiazhuang, Putuo Shan, Ningde, and Guangzhou (just up the road from Shenzhen).

In most cases, it was just a matter of being in the place with time on my hands. In others--such as the extraordinary sites outside of Datong--my visits were well-planned assaults. But sometimes, the list was expanded by serendipity. When I was visiting Fuzhou, a good monk friend took me to his hometown of Fu'an in a (borrowed) car and showed me around.

The Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Another interesting aspect of this list is to notice what's not here. I have never been to Tiananmen Square or Beijing's Forbidden City, nor to any of the touristy sections of The Great Wall (though I've seen vestiges). I only visited the Temple of Heaven in Beijing at the insistence of my sponsor/host: when the guy putting you up in one of Beijing's most expensive hotel says, "I think you should go see..."--you go see it!

A folk temple (for the Earth God) inside Shenzhen's Dapeng Fortress

Wherever possible, I have arranged this list in more or less the same geographic order as the 142 Key Temples. (Shenzhen is an outlier, with the most temples on the list, and none of the 142.) The numbering is arbitrary; in fact, as I either (a) visit more temples or (b) add more that I find hidden in my files, I'll probably just stick them onto the end of the list. (Ay! It's happened already! See #146!)

Incidentally, the "Visited" dates sometimes note only one out of many visits. In that case, the one mentioned may be the first, the last, or the one when the most photos were taken! I'll include further details as I write up each site.

Enjoy!

  1. Chang'an-si (长安寺) Badachu Park, Beijing (map); visited Saturday, July 9, 2011
  2. Sanshan-an (三山庵) Badachu Park, Beijing (map); visited Saturday, July 9, 2011
  3. Dabei-si (大悲寺) Badachu Park, Beijing (map); visited Saturday, July 9, 2011
  4. Longquan-an (龙泉庵) Badachu Park, Beijing (map); visited Saturday, July 9, 2011
  5. Xiangjie-si (香界寺) Badachu Park, Beijing (map); visited Saturday, July 9, 2011
  6. Baozhu-dong (宝珠洞) Badachu Park, Beijing (map); visited Saturday, July 9, 2011
  7. Temple of Heaven (天壇, Tian-tan) Beijing (map); visited Thursday, July 14, 2011
  8. Zhihua-si (智化寺) Beijing (map); visited Friday, July 15, 2011
  9. Guanghui-si, Hua Pagoda (广惠寺, 花塔 Hua-ta), Zhengding, Shijiazhuang, Hebei (map); visited Tuesday, August 30, 2011
  10. Kaiyuan-si, Xumi Pagoda (开元寺, 须弥塔 Xumi-ta), Zhengding, Shijiazhuang, Hebei (map); visited Tuesday, August 30, 2011
  11. Tianning-si, Lingxiao Pagoda (天宁寺, 凌霄塔 Lingxiao-ta) Zhengding, Shijiazhuang, Hebei (map); visited Tuesday, August 30, 2011
  12. Longxing-si (隆兴寺) Zhengding, Zhengding, Shijiazhuang, Hebei (map); visited Monday, September 3, 2012
  13. Bailin-si (柏林寺) Zhaoxian, Shijiazhuang, Hebei (map); visited Sunday, September 2, 2012
  14. Zhaozhou Bridge (赵州桥, Zhaozhou-qiao) Zhaoxian, Shijiazhuang, Hebei (map); visited Sunday, September 2, 2012
  15. Puyou-si (普佑寺) Chengde, Hebei (map); visited Sunday, August 28, 2011
  16. Guangyuan-si (广缘寺) Chengde, Hebei (map); visited Sunday, August 28, 2011
  17. Luohan-tang (罗汉堂) Chengde, Hebei (map); visited Monday, August 29, 2011
  18. Shuxiang-si (殊像寺) Chengde, Hebei (map); visited Monday, August 29, 2011
  19. Putuozongcheng-miao (普陀宗乘之庙) Chengde, Hebei (map); visited Monday, August 29, 2011
  20. Xumifushou-miao (须弥福寿之庙) Chengde, Hebei (map); visited Monday, August 29, 2011
  21. Yongyou-si Pagoda (永佑寺塔, Yongyou-si ta) Chengde, Hebei (map); visited Monday, August 29, 2011
  22. Shaungta, Yongzuo-si (双塔, 永祚寺) Taiyuan, Shanxi (map); visited Friday, August 31, 2012
  23. Yuantong-si (圆通寺) Datong, Shanxi (map); visited August Wednesday, 22, 2012
  24. Shanhua-si (善化寺) Datong, Shanxi (map); visited August Friday, 24, 2012
  25. Yungang Grottoes (云冈石窟, Yungang Shiku) Datong, Shanxi (map); visited Monday, August 27, 2012
  26. Xuankong-si (悬空寺) Datong, Shanxi (map); visited Thursday, August 23, 2012
  27. Yingxian Mu-ta (应县木塔) Datong, Shanxi (map); visited Thursday, August 23, 2012
  28. Yuanzhao-si (圆照寺) Wutaishan, Shanxi (map); visited Monday, August 27, 2012
  29. Prajna Spring (般若泉, Bore-quan) Wutaishan, Shanxi (map); visited Wednesday, August 29, 2012
  30. Dafo-si (大佛寺) Shenyang, Liaoning (map); visited Saturday, August 27, 2011
  31. City God Temple (城隍庙, Cheng Huang-miao) Shanghai (map); visited Tuesday, August 25, 2009
  32. Fahai-si (法海寺) Yangzhou, Jiangsu (map); visited Thursday, October 4, 2007
  33. Xifang-si (西方寺) Yangzhou, Jiangsu (map); visited Wednesday, July 18, 2007
  34. Mulan Yuan-si Shi-ta (木兰院: 石塔) Yangzhou, Jiangsu (map); visited Monday, July 16, 2007
  35. Xianhe-si (仙鹤寺) Yangzhou, Jiangsu (map); visited Monday, July 16, 2007
  36. Jingzhong-si (旌忠寺) Yangzhou, Jiangsu (map); visited May, 2007
  37. Yuansheng-si (愿生寺) Yangzhou, Jiangsu (map); visited Monday, July 16, 2007
  38. Zhituo-lin (祗陀林) Yangzhou, Jiangsu (map); visited Monday, July 16, 2007
  39. Xingshan-si (兴善寺) Yangzhou, Jiangsu (map); visited Monday, July 16, 2007
  40. Wenfeng-si (文峰寺) Yangzhou, Jiangsu (map); visited Monday, July 16, 2007
  41. Zhuxi-si (竹西寺) Yangzhou, Jiangsu (map); visited Thursday, October 4, 2007
  42. Master Xingyun's Home (星雲大师的籍贯, Xingyun Dashi de Jiguan) Yangzhou, Jiangsu (map); visited Sunday, July 25, 2010
  43. Kaiyuan-si (开元寺) Wuxi, Jiangsu (map); visited Monday, January 2, 2012
  44. Lingshan Buddhist Scenic Spot (灵山胜境, Lingshan Shengjing) Wuxi, Jiangsu (map); visited Monday, January 2, 2012
  45. Bukenqu Guanyin-yuan (不肯去观音院) Putuo Shan, Zhejiang (map); visited Thursday, August 20, 2009
  46. Zizhu-lin (紫竹林) Putuo Shan, Zhejiang (map); visited Thursday, August 20, 2009
  47. Xifang Jing-yuan (西方净苑) Putuo Shan, Zhejiang (map); visited Thursday, August 20, 2009
  48. Nanhai Guanyin (南海观音) Putuo Shan, Zhejiang (map); visited Thursday, August 20, 2009
  49. Nantian Men (南天門) Putuo Shan Nantianmen, Zhejiang (map); visited Friday, August 21, 2009
  50. Daguanpeng-si (大觀蓬寺) Putuo Shan Nantianmen, Zhejiang (map); visited Friday, August 21, 2009
  51. Zhizhe Ta-yuan (智者塔园) Tiantai Taizhou, Zhejiang (map); visited Thursday, September 15, 2011
  52. Erzu-si (二祖寺) Dianqian, Yuexi Xian, Anqing, Anhui (map); visited Thursday, June 28, 2012
  53. Tianchi-an (天池庵) Baisu-gong area, Jiuhua Shan, Anhui (map); visited Saturday, June 23, 2012
  54. Tianchi-si (天池寺) Baisui-gong area, Jiuhua Shan, Anhui (map); visited Saturday, June 23, 2012
  55. Tonghui Chan-lin (通慧禅林) Baisui-gong area, Jiuhua Shan, Anhui (map); visited Saturday, June 23, 2012
  56. Feilai Guanyin-feng (飞来观音峰) Baisui-gong area, Jiuhua Shan, Anhui (map); visited Saturday, June 23, 2012
  57. Temples between Tiantai Si and Huiju Si (map); visited Thursday, June 21, 2012
  58. Long-an (龙庵) Baisui-gong area, Jiuhua Shan, Anhui (map); visited Friday, June 22, 2012
  59. Kumu-an (枯木庵) Minhou County, Fujian (map); visited Sunday, October 23, 2011
  60. Nan Shaolin-si (南少林寺) Putian, Fujian (map); visited Saturday, October 29, 2011
  61. Linfeng-si (灵峰寺) Ningde, Fujian (map); visited Wednesday, July 19, 2006
  62. Shuiyun-si (水云寺) Ningde, Fujian (map); visited Tuesday, October 25, 2011
  63. Zhongde Chan-si (种德禅寺) Fu'an, Fujian (map); visited Tuesday, October 25, 2011
  64. Qiyun-si (栖云寺) Fu'an, Fujian (map); visited Tuesday, October 25, 2011
  65. Tiantang-si (天堂寺) Fu'an, Fujian (map); visited Tuesday, October 25, 2011
  66. Xiangshan-si (香山寺) Ningde, Fujian (map); visited Tuesday, October 25, 2011
  67. Dizang-si (地藏寺) Ningde, Fujian (map); visited Thursday, July 20, 2006
  68. Konghai Memorial Hall (空海大师纪念堂, Konghai Dashi Jiniantang) Ningde, Fujian (map); visited Thursday, July 20, 2006
  69. Youmin-si (佑民寺) Nanchang, Jiangxi (map); visited Thursday, August 9, 2012
  70. Home of Confucius (孔府, Kong Fu) Qufu, Shandong (map); visited Sunday, April 4, 2010
  71. Chongde-si (崇德寺) Jining, Shandong (map); visited Saturday, April 3, 2010
  72. Qiyun Ta-yuan (齐云塔) Luoyang, Henan (map); visited Tuesday, November 1, 2011
  73. Yongning-si (永寧寺) Luoyang, Henan (map); visited Tuesday, November 1, 2011
  74. Guan-lin (关林) Luoyang, Henan (map); visited Wednesday, November 2, 2011
  75. Longmen Grottoes (龙门石窟, Longmen Shiku) Luoyang, Henan (map); visited Wednesday, November 2, 2011
  76. Xiangshan-si (香山寺) Luoyang, Henan (map); visited Wednesday, November 2, 2011
  77. Guangxiao-si (光孝寺) Guangzhou, Guangdong (map); visited Friday, November 19, 2010
  78. Chen Clan Ancestral Hall (陈家祠, Chen Jia-ci) Guangzhou, Guangdong (map); visited Saturday, March 12, 2011
  79. Hualin-si (华林禅寺) Guangzhou, Guangdong (map); visited Tuesday, December 21, 2010
  80. Wuxian-guan (五仙观) Guangzhou, Guangdong (map); visited Saturday, March 12, 2011
  81. Dafo-si (大佛寺) Guangzhou, Guangdong (map); visited Saturday, March 12, 2011
  82. Haizhuang-si (海幢寺) Guangzhou, Guangdong (map); visited Tuesday, December 21, 2010
  83. Nanhai Shen-miao (南海神庙) Guangzhou, Guangdong (map); visited Thursday, July 15, 2010
  84. Huayan-si (华严寺) Guangzhou, Guangdong (map); visited Tuesday, May 3, 2005 and Sunday, July 31, 2011
  85. Wenchang-ta (文昌塔) Fuyong, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Tuesday, October 5, 2010
  86. Longwang-si (龙王寺) Fuyong, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Tuesday, October 5, 2010
  87. Fenghuang Shan (凤凰山) Fuyong, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Tuesday, October 5, 2010 (and many others)
  88. Guanyin-si (Ciyun-ge) (观音寺, 慈云阁) Shajing, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Sunday, April 3, 2011
  89. Hongyuan-si (弘源寺) Shiyan, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited many times
  90. Cishi Gu-si (慈石古寺) Shiyan, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Friday, December 13, 2013
  91. Guanyin-si (观音寺) Guanlan, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Sunday, May 29, 2011
  92. Beidi Gu-miao (北帝古庙) Xixiang, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Monday, March 28, 2011
  93. Longmu Gu-miao (龙母古庙) Liuxian Village, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Thursday, December 17, 2009
  94. Fozu-si (佛祖寺) Xili, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Sunday, March 18, 2012
  95. Xili-ta (西丽塔) Xili, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Monday, May 23, 2011
  96. Folk temple (民庙) Xili Lake, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Monday, May 23, 2011
  97. Guanyin Shin-miao (观音新庙) Pingshan Village, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Thursday, December 24, 2009
  98. Folk temple (民庙, Min-miao) inside Xin'an, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Sunday, March 7, 2004
  99. Guan Di-miao (關帝庙) Xin'an, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Tuesday, December 8, 2009
  100. Guankou Xuanwu Gu-miao (关口玄武古庙) Xin'an, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Wednesday, January 20, 2010
  101. Tianhou Gu-miao (天后古庙) Taoyuan Road, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Wednesday, January 20, 2010
  102. Huaguang Gu-miao (华光古庙) Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Wednesday, January 20, 2010
  103. Houwang Gu-miao (侯王古庙) Guimiao Road, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Tuesday, October 18, 2011
  104. Houwang Gu-miao (侯王古庙) Qianhai Road, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Thursday, January 21, 2010
  105. Chun Niu-tang (春牛堂), Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Sunday, June 14, 2009
  106. Tianhou Gu-miao (天后古庙) Houhai Road, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Thursday, January 21, 2010
  107. Tianhou Gu-miao (天后古庙) Wanxia, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited unknown date, 2010
  108. Mazu-miao (妈祖庙) Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Sunday, August 5, 2007
  109. Song Shaodi-ling (宋少帝陵) Chiwan, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited May 17, 2004 (among others)
  110. Tianhou-gong (天后宫) Chiwan, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited many times 2004-2015
  111. San Sheng-gong (三聖宮) Meilin Park, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Friday, December 18, 2009
  112. Longmu-gong (龙母宫) Shang Meilin, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Friday, December 18, 2009
  113. Chen Yang Hou-miao (陈杨候庙) Xiasha Village, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Tuesday, December 8, 2009
  114. Tianhou-gong (天后宫) Shangsha Village, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Tuesday, December 8, 2009
  115. Lingwang Gu-miao (灵王古庙) Huanggang Village, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Tuesday, December 8, 2009
  116. Buddhist Center (佛堂, Fo-tang) Futian, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Sunday, September 17, 2006
  117. "Site of the Merits" Village Temple (元勋旧址神厅, Yuanxun Jiuzhi Shen-ting) Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Thursday, May 28, 2009
  118. Tianhou-gong (天后宫) Sungang Village, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Thursday, May 28, 2009
  119. Lingshan Fo-si (灵山佛寺) Luohu, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited unknown date, 2013
  120. Wanfo Chan-si (万佛禅寺) Luohu, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited unknown date, 2013
  121. Hongfa-si (弘法寺) Luohu, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited many times from 2003-2014
  122. Longxing-si (龙兴寺) Longgang, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Wednesday, October 12, 2011
  123. Guanyin Shan Longyan Gu-si (观音山 龙严古寺), Dapeng, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Wednesday, July 14, 2010 (among others)
  124. Dongshan-si (东山寺) Dapeng, Shenzhen, Guangdong (map); visited Wednesday, July 14, 2010 (OLD); visited Sunday, April 5, 2015 (NEW)
  125. Dajian Chan-si (大鉴禅寺) Shaoguan, Guangdong (map); visited Saturday, April 2, 2005 and Sunday, July 22, 2012
  126. Zhaoyin-si (招隱寺) Shaoguan, Guangdong (map); visited Wednesday, July 25, 2012
  127. Wujin-an (无尽庵) Shaoguan, Guangdong (map); visited Wednesday, July 25, 2012
  128. Refuge Rock (避难石, Binan-shi) Shaoguan, Guangdong (map); visited Tuesday, July 24, 2012
  129. Yuehua-si (月华寺) Shaoguan, Guangdong (map); visited Wednesday, July 25, 2012
  130. Biechuan-si (别传寺) Shaoguan, Guangdong (map); visited Saturday, April 2, 2005
  131. Gufo Dong-tian (古佛洞天) Lechang, Shaoguan, Guangdong (map); visited Thursday, July 26, 2012
  132. Mei-an (梅庵) Zhaoqing, Guangdong (map); visited Friday, July 27, 2012
  133. Huineng's Birthplace (六祖村, Liuzu-cun) Xinxing, Zhaoqing, Guangdong (map); visited Monday, July 29, 2012
  134. Guo'en-si (国恩寺) Xinxing, Zhaoqing, Guangdong (map); visited Monday, July 29, 2012
  135. Baoding Shan Grottoes (宝顶山石窟, Baoding Shan Shiku) Dazu Xian, Chongqing (map); visited Sunday, June 17, 2012
  136. Shengshou-si (圣寿寺) Dazu Xian, Chongqing (map); visited Sunday, June 17, 2012
  137. Beishan Grottoes (北山石窟, Beishan Shiku) Dazu Xian, Chongqing (map); visited Monday, June 18, 2012
  138. Da-fo (大佛) Leshan, Sichuan (map); visited Sunday, May 16, 2010
  139. Dade-si Twin Pagodas (大德寺雙塔, Dade-si Shuang-ta) Kunming, Yunnan (map); visited Sunday, June 5, 2011
  140. East and West Temple Pagodas (东寺塔与西寺塔Dong-si Ta yu Xi-si Ta) Kunming, Yunnan (map - east) (map - west); visited Monday, June 6, 2011
  141. Dajianfu-si (Xiaoyan-ta) (大荐福寺; 小雁塔) Xi'an, Shaanxi (map); visited Tuesday, October 19, 2010
  142. Qinglong-si (清龙寺) Xi'an, Shaanxi (map); visited Sunday, October 17, 2010
  143. Huayan-si (华严寺) Xi'an, Shaanxi (map); visited Thursday, October 14, 2010
  144. Ximing-si (西明寺) Xi'an, Shaanxi (map); visited Monday, October 18, 2010
  145. Famen-si (法门寺) Xi'an, Shaanxi (map); visited Sunday, October 17, 2010
  146. Tianhou-gong (天后宫) and Fude-ci (Tudi) (福德祠, 土地), Dapeng Fortress, Shenzhen (map); visited Sunday, February 26, 2006


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