Visitors to Wuhan should take the opportunity to visit the historic Baotong Temple. Concealed by luxuriant vegetation this elaborate place of worship commands attention due to its expansive size and intricate architectural features. A handsome example of typical Chinese architecture, the temple is frequented by locals and visiting sightseers alike.
The temple is located at the foot of Wuchang’s Hongshan Hill. Constructed at the time of the Southern Dynasty, the temple has a cultural legacy of over 1,580 years. The shrine has been destroyed by fire a number of times, and rebuilt in each instance.
The temple is particularly renowned for the amazing rocks and three springs which may be seen in its vicinity. The best-known edifice to be seen at the compound is the Hongshan Pagoda which dates to the Yuan Dynasty; it was built in honour of the monk Ciren, and is also referred to as Lingji Pagoda. This pagoda is composed of stone and bricks and measures 44.3 metres in height, although presently it is empty. You will also find a Meditation Hall, Grand Hall and an Abbots Hall at the premises. A point of interest is the two huge iron bells kept in the Grand Hall. The larger of the two is thought to weigh a hefty 5,000 kg.
On a hill at the rear of the temple you will see the Yue Pines, a cluster of trees which derive their name as they are thought to have been planted by Yue Fei, the national hero of the Song Dynasty.
Many other sites of interest may be seen in Wuhan, including temples and other cultural attractions. Visitors will also enjoy visiting Guiyuan Temple, which is particularly renowned for its Arhats Hall. This hall features no less than 500 statues of arhats (Buddhist saints).
Visitors should also make it a point to visit Yellow Crane Tower, a massive construction located within a picturesque park. By ascending the tower you will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding areas.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.