The first Buddhist temple that we visited in China was located in the small village of Baidu in Guangdong province. Despite the fact that it was very small, we still were very impressed by all the known and unknown deities and saints of all kinds. Later on, in our travels we have visited numerous sacred sites and temples which were operating or abandoned. Some of them unfortunately have absolutely lost their spirit and work for the benefit of tourism. Still we have encountered many that have still not lost it.
One of these definitely is and always will be for us the Thousand Buddha Temple of the convent in the city of Meizhou. In a previous post we have talked about how we were able to visit the workshop which operates under the supervision of the convent. Now we invite you to take a look at the temple itself, as well as its immortal gardens and its main attraction – the pagoda which hides the relic of the convent the ancient Thousand Buddha column.
Meizhou (梅州) is a county in the province of Guangdong in China. Population 5.05 million.
It is considered to be the capital of the Hakka people ( a sub-ethnical group of Han Chinese). In Meizhou you will be able to get to know their unique culture, architecture(dragon houses -围龙屋 — wéilóng wū and square houses – 四角楼 — sìjǐao lóu)) and traditional cuisine.
- Interesting Places
- Thousand Buddha Temple
- Hakka Museum
- House of Huang Zunxian
- Hakka Park
- Pankeng Lake
- Jianying Park
- Village of Nankou
The city of Meizhou is building a huge Buddhist monastery. This is already a gigantic complex with dozens of temples, prayer halls, pagodas and beautiful parks. Walking there makes you think sometimes of all the tremendous work which is done here, all the small details which are looked after to be combined finally into a monastery of harmony. Who are these masters and craftsmen who build, carved and cut these walls….?
Well, the other of day we were fortunate to meet the temple sculptor Mr.Fu. When we entered his workshop, it was all covered in granite dust, you could see the creator was at work. Right before our eyes a lump of stone was turned into beautiful statue of a temple guardian. The next room was filled with statues of Immortals who were waiting to be put into their right places. Upstairs in the workshop the masters wife was working on wooden decorations for the monastery’s arches. The yard behind the house showed something extremely rare – a junk yard of Buddhas , all of the unsuitable, broken or those which found no use lay there in silence…..
Do you sometimes scroll through Google Maps without purpose just for fun and discover something cool close by? Well, recently it became one of our favorite activities. This is how we found the lake Wan Lv (see – Xīnfēngjiāng / 新丰 江, Heyuan, Guangdong). At first we just noticed a tremendous blue spot on the map. Being so big it raised our interest right off. After asking around from our Chinese friends and receiving remarks, “Yes yes…nothing special”(at that time we didn’t expect that they were very wrong), so we decide to go and have look.