Lingyan Temple Picture

Situated north of Mt. Taishan, Lingyan Temple hides in the lofty ridges and towering mountains

Situated north of Mt. Taishan, Lingyan Temple hides in the lofty ridges and towering mountains. It was first founded in the Eastern Jin Dyknasty (317-420), famous in the Northern Wei Period (386-543), prosperous in the Tang (618-907), Song (960-1279), Jin (1115-1234) and Ming (1368-1644) dynasties. Lingyan Temple is known as the head of "Four of China's Best Temples", the other three being: Guoqing Temple in Tiantai, Zhejiang Province, Qixia Temple in Nanjing, Yuquan Temple in Jiangling.

Lingyan Temple is one of the major historical and cultural sites under state protection. Inside the temple, there are magnificent ancient buildings and profuse historical relics. Constructed against the mountain, the temple consists in 36 halls and 18 pavilions. Main cultural and historical spots include Thousand Buddha Hall with 40 Song dynasty clay statues, Pizhi Tower, Tomb Tower Forest, Huichong Tower, Jicui Zhengming Hall, Daxiong Hall, Imperial Library, carved stones and tablets through the ages.

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