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Hanshan Temple, Suzhou

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
Hear the bells from Tang poet Zhang Ji's melancholy poem, ''A Night Mooring Near Maple Bridge'' at Hanshan Temple, a Buddhist monastery. See a statue of the poet during your visit, and see the two bells currently used at the temple, both dating from around the start of the 20th century. Reputedly founded during the Tianjian era (502-519 CE), the temple has been largely rebuilt in recent years, but still retains its character, with each aspect discussed in the poem becoming a place of pilgrimage for people across the region. Make Hanshan Temple part of your personalized Suzhou itinerary using our Suzhou tour planner.
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  • Pretty temple, lovely vegetarian restaurant and very kind staff. Always nice supporting the Buddhist cuisine : )  more »
  • Hanshan (cold mountain) Temple is forever remembered by generations of Chinese since the Song Dynasty as the inspiration of a beautiful traveler's poem. The temple was under repair and veiled behind s...  more »
  • It's a Suzhou icon as there is a famous poem from Tang dynasty described it. The bell tower has a huge bell, and the sound is loud and but brings peace. Everyone can try to hit the huge bell for CNY 1...  more »
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  • This is a beautiful Chinese temple and you should give it a go when in Suzhou.
  • the touring spot is good, but too expensive. and crowed with people
  • Beautiful temple. Especially in autumn, leaves falling down, cover the whole place with red and gold.
  • beautiful architecture but way too many people.
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