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Qixia Temple, Nanjing
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Qixia Temple is a Buddhist temple located on Qixia Hill in the suburban Qixia District in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, People's Republic of China, 22km northeast of downtown Nanjing. It is one of Nanjing's most important Buddhist monasteries.HistoryBuilt in AD 489, the 7th year of the Yongming era during the South Qi Dynasty, the temple is known for its large collection of Chinese Buddhist visual art and sculptural art in the grounds. These consist of pagodas, murals and artwork that date back to the 10th century.Near the temple site and situated on the slopes of Qixia Hill, is the "Thousand Buddha Caves", a grotto containing many Buddhist sculptural works of art.DescriptionBuddha's Relics PagodaThe Buddha's Relics Pagoda is in the southeast of Qixia Temple. It was built in 601 and destroyed in the Tang Dynasty. In 945, it was rebuilt by Southern Tang Dynasty emperor Li Jing.The pagoda has a five-story, octagon-shaped structure. It is 18m high and perched on a two-story stylobate carved with waves and a dash of fish and Chinese flowering crab apples.Hsing YunHsing Yun, the founder of Taiwan's Fo Guang Shan, was tonsured at Qixia Temple in 1941. He was a disciple of Master Zhikai and studied for several years at the Qixia Vinaya School.
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  • From a friend asked went very good atmosphere in the temple. The location is a bit far from center of Nanjing city, surrounded by nature is a simple substance repeatedly over the years, unlike the vibrant colors in China often have to feel very settled on the heart.
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  • this is my favorite temple just a bit outside of Nanjing. It is worth to visit this temple. You can go by taxi or by public transportation as well, if you like the thrill. Most people will not speak E...  more »
  • It is a an ancient temple on the Hill, inhabited by monks. A very interesting place with lakes and ponds where fish and turtles swim, everywhere clean. When entering all meet funny scary statues. All is buried in verdure
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