The People’s republic of China is famous for its glorious Buddhist temples, of which one of the most famous and opulent manifests in the form of the Ling Yin Temple, aptly translating to the Temple of the Soul’s retreat. If you are looking for a serene retreat nestled in the heart of the scenic city of Wuxi, consider checking into an idyllic Wuxi hotel such as the Millennium Wuxi. The front desk of this stylish hotel in Wuxi will be happy to organize tours to temples such as Ling Yin. Soak in the grand surrounds of this grand temple, famed as one of the wealthiest and grandest temples in the country. When you walk through the expansive complex, you will encounter numerous Buddhist grottoes, encasing statues dedicated to iconic figures such as Sakyamuni Buddha and Quan Yin, the Chinese Buddhist goddess of infinite compassion and mercy. Enter the tranquil hallways of exquisite Buddhist pagodas and breathless in the serenity of the ages. Visit the Hall of the Heavenly Kings, home to an exquisite statue of the Laughing Buddha, magnificently captured in his pose of eternal mirth that dates back 800 years. However, Ling Yin’s pride of place goes to a gorgeous religious rock carving titled Feilang Feng, translating to “Rock that flew here”. It unique feature is that is made out of jagged limestone, which makes it stand apart from the surrounding mountain. According to legend, it once occupied a part of the Indian landscape, but then detached itself and flew all the way here, as a demonstration of the power of Buddhist law. It is truly a resplendent aspect of a magnificent spiritual centre that exhibits the zenith of Buddhist spirituality.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.