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Top 10 temples for Spring Festival prayers

01-21-2012 11:46 BJT

Spring Festival is almost here! According to tradition, burning incense and offering prayers in a temple at this time of year will bring you good luck for the whole year. So, whether you believe this or not, why not take a culturally exhilarating temple tour with your family over the holidays? Who knows, it may just make your Year of the Dragon roar! So, come with us as we guide you around China's top 10 temples.

NO.10 South Putuo Temple, Fujian (厦门南普陀寺)

South Putuo Temple in Zhejiang

South Putuo Temple is adjacent to Xiamen University in the southeast of the city. Originally built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the temple was destroyed many times over the course of following dynasties. In the 23rd year of the Kangxi reign of the Qing Dynasty (1616-1912), it was once again rebuilt and given its present name. A statue of the Bodhisattva Guanyin, or Avalokitesvara, is enshrined in the temple, which receives an endless stream of worshippers and pilgrims throughout the year.

Travel Tips:

Admission: free

Opening hours: 8:00 --20:00

Getting there: Take bus No.1, 17, 18, 21, 29, 45, 47, 87 or 96.


NO.9 Sanyuan Palace, Guangdong (广州三元宫)

Sanyuan Palace in Guangdong []

Sanyuan Palace, situated at the southern foot of Yuexiu Hill, is the oldest and largest Taoist building in Guangzhou. The history of the temple can be traced back to the Eastern Jin Dynasty (316-420), and its original name was Yuegangyuan. In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the site was rebuilt, in its original image and received its current name. As one of the city's two best-known Taoist temples, Sanyuan Palace is a focal point of celebration and prayer for Guangzhou people during festivals.

Travel Tips:

Admission: free

Opening hours: 8:00 --17:00

Getting there: Take bus No. 33 or Tour Bus No.1 to Sanyuan Palace, or take subway Line 2 to Memorial Hall, Exit C.

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