For the visitor to China, the experiences are numerous, ranging from visiting the many diverse attractions that each location has to offer and experiencing the culture and traditions. Xiamen in Fujian Province has a number of attractions for the tourist, and the Buddhists in particular as there are a variety of Buddhist temples located in and around the area.
Some of the main Buddhist temples in the city are Nanputuo Temple and Wanshilian Temple. Nanputuo is also considered to be a must visit tourist attraction in the city irrespective of whether one is a follower of Buddhism or not. The setting provides the visitor with a refreshing experience and there are breathtaking views to be enjoyed from here.
Once upon a time, this place of worship was referred to as Puzhao Temple, meaning universal grace. The premises are believed to have been built by the Tang dynasty. But in the reign of the Mings it was destroyed at some stage in warfare. During the rule of the Qings again it had been rebuilt and given its present day name. There are four main halls, Buddha images and statues in bronze, wood and diverse materials including ivory. It is open from 5.40 in the morning to 6 in the evening and the whole setting can be covered within half an hour. But it is a great place to go to have a firsthand experience about the people of this country.
The well-known Wanshilian Temple constructed at the time of reign of the Ming Dynasty’s Emperor Kanxi was later refurbished. Tranquil and beautiful, the temple reminds one of fairyland with the stream facing the place of worship gurgling mesmerically. Highlights here are the Daxiong Treasured Hall, the monks’ rooms and the abodes for meditation.
Tianjie Temple occupying a lofty hilly position is famed for its morning bell which may be heard from afar. The temple is also noted for the many inscriptions in stone which may be seen on the hills behind the shrine.
Visitors to the area staying at any Xiamen hotel should visit these places as they are some of the best cultural spots in the region. Millennium Harbourview Hotel Xiamen is one of the hotel in Xiamen that is located in close proximity to the Nanputuo as well as a number of other highlights in the city.