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The Temple of Six Banyan Trees was initially constructed in 537 and has been reconstructed many times since then. It is one of the four most prominent Buddhist temples in Guangzhou which are Guangxiao Temple, Hualin Temple, and Haizhuang Temple. The temple has a royal cluster of ethnic-relics and is acclaimed in other countries as well. It was originally known as the Changshou Temple which was changed to Jingui Temple and eventually to the popular name given by the pre-eminent literature critic, Su Dongpo in the Song Dynasty. It is believed that during his visit to the place, he was smitten by the six banyan trees standing tall at the temple. When the majesty of the abbey solicited him to propose a name for the temple, he inscribed the current name, i.e., Temple Of the Six Banyan Trees. The inscription given by Su Dongpo now hangs above the temple gate.
Find solace in the walls of the temple
The Tianwang Hall is the first hall you will discern after entering the mountain gate. There stands a jocular Laughing Buddha in the hall with amusing expressions to proffer a warm welcome to the visitors. Behind the Laughing Buddha is the Weituo Hall. It is believed that Weituo was a general who found the Buddhist relics that were looted then. He holds severe expressions with a ghastly look on his face, in contrast to the Laughing Buddha.
The Temple of the Six Banyan Trees hallmarks a lofty pagoda, popularly known as Six Banyan Pagoda or Flowery Pagoda. The roofs of the pagoda are concaved upwards, looking like inky red rose petals. It is the most conspicuous part of the Temple of Six Banyan Trees. The Buddhist relics are propped in the pagoda. The end of the pagoda looks like a fetter, while the structure as a whole looks like an enormous stigma in the air, which is why it is known as the Flowery Pagoda. The pagoda provides a couthy space for the visitors to contemplate captivating scenery around.
The Daxiong Baodian Hall is the major hall of the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, build in the west of the Flowery Pagoda. Inside the Daxiong Baodian Hall stands the three titanic copper made Buddhist statues which are amongst the largest and most prehistoric Buddhist statues in Guangdong. These three mighty statues are the sculptures of Sakyamuni, the Amitabha and the Apothecary Buddha, which stands for the present, past and future.
Burning Joss Sticks is a major fiesta in the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. The place becomes a florid area every year on the country's traditional New Year and Lantern Festival. Many people calvacade every year to burn the first joss stick to endow blessings by the God in the coming year.
How to get tickets?
The entrance fee for the Temple of Six Banyan Trees is CNY 5, while for the Six Banyan Pagoda is CNY 10. The visiting hours of the Temple are from the morning 9:00 am to evening 5:20 pm, while the ticketing encloses at 5:00 pm.
How To get around ?
You can take the metro line 1 or metro line 2 to Gongyuanqian station and evade from Exit B. The place is at a 5 minutes walking distance from Exit B. The visitors can also go for Sightseeing Bus Xiguan Style Line to Liurongsi, i.e., Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. Or they can take bus line 1, 12, 29, 215 or Peak Express Line 9 and then depart at Liurong Lu.
What Should I Wear?
You can wear anything that suits you the best and enhances your overall resemblance. Go for an outfit that is snazzy yet elegant at the same time. You can also go for layerings, depending on the weather conditions. Do not forget your sunscreen if it's sunny out there. Leave your discomforting heels at home and go for casual sneakers to walk around the place comfortably. You can also carry a small backpack to keep the souvenirs and other needful stuff.
Best Time to Visit
The gates of the temple are open all throughout the year so you can visit the temple at any time of the year. If you plan a trip to Guangzhou, do not forget to visit the Temple of Six Banyan Trees. The temple gates are open till 5:20 pm only so you can go in the morning to get a profound tour of the temple. The visitors are recommended to visit the place within a couple of hours. One to two hours is sufficient to cover every corner of the temple.
Do I Need a Guide?
You do not need a guide. Convenient transport facilities are available and you can refer to our website to get the required information about the place.
How To Get There?
You can get to Guangzhou by bus, train, air or ship. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is about 28km away from the city center. Baiyun Airport flaunts a comfortable ground transportation system. 83 out of 126 scheduled flights are domestic flights between the city and major Chinese cities like Beijing and Shanghai.