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World Cultural Landscape Heritage: Mount Wutai

Editor: zhenglimin 丨CCTV.com

07-08-2015 16:28 BJT

 

Buddhist activities

Nine special tourist activities: Touring the Buddhist holy land; climbing to the worship place; appreciating Buddhist literature and art; watching red autumn leaves and pines; shooting beautiful sceneries in autumn and winter; an ecological tour in golden autumn; appreciating snow-covered Mount Wutai; being blessed by the dharma assembly; experiencing Dharma Buddhism and Zen Buddhism.

Nine Buddhist activities: The Ullambana Assembly held on the 15th day of the seventh month on the lunar calendar (September 3); the Nagarjuna Christmas Dharma Assembly held on the 24th day of the seventh month on the lunar calendar (September 12); the Ksitigarbha Christmas Dharma Assembly held on the 30th day of the seventh month on the lunar calendar (September 18); the Dipamkara Christmas Dharma Assembly held on the 22nd day of the eighth month on the lunar calendar (October 10); the Memorial Dharma Assembly for Arya Avalokiteshvara’s Leaving Home held on the 19th day of the ninth month on the lunar calendar (November 5); the Medicine Guru Buddha Epithet Christmas Dharma Assembly held on the 30th day of the ninth month on the lunar calendar (November 16); the Amitabha Christmas Dharma Assembly held on the 17th day of the eleventh month on the lunar calendar (January 1, 2010); the Dharma Assembly for Sakyamuni’s Enlightenment held on the eighth day of the twelfth month on the lunar calendar (January 22, 2010); and the Maitreya Christmas Dharma Assembly held on the first day of the first month in 2010 on the lunar calendar (February 14, 2010).

The best of Mount Wutai

The earliest temple of Mount Wutai: The Great Fu Tamawashi Temple, predecessor of the Xiantong Temple, was established in the 11th year of Yongping during the Eastern Han Dynasty.

The more than 3,000-meter-long Yangtian Giant Buddha that was discovered in Mount Gongbu (located to the south of the Puhua Temple) with undulating ridges and peaks in 1996.

The tallest tower of Mount Wutai: The 56.3-meter-high Giant White Tower in the Tayuan Temple.

The tallest statue of Manjusri Bodhisattva in Mount Wutai: The nearly 9.9-meter-high statue of the Manjusri Bodhisattva riding on a suanni, a legendary animal, in the Shuxiang Temple.

The tallest Kwan-yin statue of Mount Wutai: The 17.7-meter-high statue of the thousand-arm and thousand-eye Kwan-yin in the Jinge Temple.

The longest stone step road of Mount Wutai: The 508-meter-long Dazhi Road that leads to the Dailuo Hill with a total of 1,080 stone steps.

The heaviest cupreous bell of Mount Wutai: The 9999.5-jin Youming Bell hangs in the bell tower of the Xiantong Temple.

The biggest cupreous caldron of Mount Wutai: The 2-meter-wide and nearly 1.1-meter-high big cupreous caldron is in the Bodhisattva Temple.

The highest peak of Mount Wutai: The Beitai Peak stands at 3,058 meters above sea-level.

The oldest tower of Mount Wutai: The Zushi Tower in the Foguang Temple was established during the Northern Wei Dynasty.

The oldest stone lion of Mount Wutai: The stone lion of the Luohou Temple was established during Tang Dynasty.

The person who wrote the most inscriptions for Mount Wutai: Emperor Kangxi of Qing Dynasty wrote 20 inscriptions out of the total of more than 150 inscriptions that exist in Mount Wutai.

The person who wrote the most poems when visiting Mount Wutai: Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty wrote 39 poems at Mount Wutai in the existing collection of poems.

The tallest palace of Mount Wutai is the 18-meter-high Kwan-yin Hall in the Jinge Temple.

The oldest temple of Mount Wutai: The Nanchan Temple was established in 782, the third year of Jianzhong during the Tang Dynasty.

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