Pearl River Delta Sights

Guangxiao Temple (Guāngxiào sì)

  • 109 Guangxiao Lu Map It
  • Liwan
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 02/08/2016

Fodor's Review

This is the oldest and most charming Buddhist temple in Guangzhou. The gilded wooden laughing Buddha at the entrance heralds the temple's welcoming atmosphere. A huge bronze incense burner stands in the main courtyard. Beyond the main hall, noted for its ceiling of red-lacquer timber, is another courtyard with several treasures, among them a small brick pagoda said to contain the tonsure hair of Hui-neng (the sixth patriarch of Chan Buddhism), and a couple of iron pagodas that are the oldest of their kind in China. Above them spread the leafy branches of plum trees and a banyan tree called Buddha's Tree, so named because it is said Hui-neng became enlightened in its shade.

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109 Guangxiao Lu, 2 blocks north of Ximenkou metro station, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510182, China

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Published 02/08/2016


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