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Nanhua Buddhist Temple, Shaoguan
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Nanhua Temple is a Buddhist monastery of the Chan School, one of Five Great Schools of Buddhism where Hui Neng, the Sixth Patriarch of the Chan School of Buddhism, once lived and taught. It is located 25 km southeast of Shaoguan, China in the town of Caoxi (漕溪), within Qujiang District. The location is in the northern part of Guangdong province, within a few kilometers from Bei River, formerly an important trade route from Central China to Guangzhou.HistoryThe temple was founded during the time of the North-South Dynasties in 502 AD by an Indian monk named Zhiyao Sanzang who originally named the site Baolin Temple . It received its present name in 968 during the reign of the Song Dynasty Emperor Taizong. Ancestor Han Shan taught there and reformed the monastery in the 16th century. The site was later renovated in 1934 under the leadership of Hsu Yun whose body is housed in the central forest sanctuary. Recent changes to the site include the building of extensive monastic accommodations.The temple covers an area of more than 42.5ha. It consists of a set of magnificent Buddhist buildings, including the Hall of Heavenly Kings, the Grand Hall, Sutra Depository, Sixth Ancestor Hall, Lingzhao Pagoda and 690 Buddhist statues.
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  • 南华寺是韶关一个著名远扬的特色景点,每次去南华寺人流都是络绎不绝,香火不断,是一个适合游玩,祈祷,拍照的好地方,来韶关必要来拜南华寺里面有我钟爱的菩提树,各种参天大树也不少~ 
  • The grounds of the Nanhua Buddist temple are very calming and kept clean and neat. A little more English on descriptions of sites would be helpful for English speaking tourists as myself. 
  • 家里人老人信佛,去南华寺是他们一直的心愿。这次跟老人孩子一起自驾前往,离韶关市区半个小时车程。门票收费合理,20元一人。一如寺庙风格,有几进,最后的六祖真身一定要去看,我们家进去祈福了,有400和600两种套餐,400是祈福半个月,600是一个月。可以进入殿内跪拜,没有套餐的只能在殿外。 
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  • This is one of the most important place of zen Buddhism, beside Shaolin temple. Inside there placed body of sixth patriarch Huineng.
  • Good place for family trip. it's very quiet and beautiful. There has many Buddhist monk and they are very kind and good
  • It's a Buddhist monastery with history. And it is the most famous monastery of South China.
  • Big temple
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