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31/03/2014

Religious Sanctuaries in Guangzhou II

Haizhuang Temple

The Haizhuang Temple in the Haizhuang Park between Middle Nanhua Road and Middle Tongfu Road was one of the four greatest Buddhist temples in Guangzhou during the Qing Dynasty (Others are Guangxiao Temple, Huanlin Temple and Liurong Temple popular China tour package.). The banyan trees of several hundreds years old are still flourishing in the park, giving huge stretches of shade. One of the wonders of the temple is an “eagle’s claw” tree from the Ming Dynasty. It still has a profusion of branches with lush leaves. In 1951 a rock named “Tiger Turning Its Head” was moved here from the Wu Family Garden. In 1993 the Hall of Heavenly Kings, Hall of Pagoda and the Pond for Freeing Captive Animals were restored.

Religious Sanctuaries in Guangzhou - Haizhuang Temple

Temple of the Five Immortals (Wuxian Temple)

The Temple of the Five Immortals (Wuxian Temple top China tours) on West Huifu Road in Yuexiu District was built during the Tang Dynasty to worship five immortals. Legend has it that five immortals descended from heaven on five rams to the area of present Guangzhou, presented rice ears to the local habitants and blessed them with eternal abundance of rice to eat. Then they rode on the wind back to heaven. Their rams turned into stone. Thus Guangzhou is also called Ram City and Rice-ear City. Local people built the Taoist temple in memory of the five immortals and sculpted statues of them riding on rams.

Religious Sanctuaries in Guangzhou - Temple of the Five Immortals (Wuxian Temple)

Sanyuan Palace

Sanyuan Palace on the southern slope of Yuexiu Mountain is a famous Taoist temple in Guangzhou. Its predecessor, the Yuegang Academy, was built in A.D. 319 during the Eastern Jin Dynasty. It was renamed Sanyuan Palace during the Ming Dynasty. The temple has preserved eight stone inscriptions about its repairs during the Qing Dynasty. The temple holds the popular Taoist events of Shangyuandan, Zhongyuandan and Xiayuandan. The Guangzhou Taoist Association has its office in this temple.

Religious Sanctuaries in Guangzhou - Sanyuan Palace

Guangzhou Wong Tai Sin Temple

This temple on Huadi Avenue was built in 1899, destroyed in a war and rebuilt in 1997. This grand temple bears an integral atmosphere of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.

Religious Sanctuaries in Guangzhou - Guangzhou Wong Tai Sin Temple

Renwei Temple

The Taoist temple on Renweimiao Street northeast of Liwan Lake affordable China travel packages in the western part of Guangzhou was built in 1052 to honor Xuan Wu, also called Emperor Zhenwu – Truly Martial Grand Emperor. Decorative carvings on the buildings in this temple represent the highest level of the architectural art in the Lingnan Region. It was once acclaimed as “Hall of Osmanthus and Palace of Orchid”.

Religious Sanctuaries in Guangzhou - Renwei Temple

Huaisheng Mosque

The mosque on Guangta Road is also called Guangta Mosque because it has the Guangta Pagoda in its compound. It is one of the first mosques built in China after Islamism was introduced to China in the 7th century. The round Guangta Pagoda is 36 meters high. Its sharp spire shows the unique Arabic architectural style. Within the mosque there is the elder’s office, the depository, the service hall and a bathroom. Muslims come to attend services on Friday and Islamic holidays.

Religious Sanctuaries in Guangzhou - Huaisheng Mosque

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Stone House)

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Shengxin Cathedral) is located on Middle Yide Road. This famous Catholic church in Guangzhou travel to China is the largest Gothic building of stone with double painted towers. Its construction began in 1863 during the Qing Dynasty. It is also known as Stone House by locals because the main part of the building is laid with blocks of granite. The lofty tower, the giant spire, arched roof and laced windows present an exotic sight in Guangzhou.

Religious Sanctuaries in Guangzhou - Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Stone House)

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