Buddhist Temple sights in Sìchuān
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This Tang-dynasty monastery is dedicated to Wenshu (Manjushri), the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, and is Chéngdū's largest and best-preserved Buddhist temple. The air is redolent with incense, there's a low murmur of chanting, and despite frequent crowds of worshippers, there's still a sense of serenity and solitude. The temple's excellent vegetarian restaurant has an English menu, some garden seating and an atmospheric teahouse next door.
Outside the temple is one of Chéngdū's three rebuilt 'old' neighbourhoods, where the narrow streets are lined with teahouses, snack stalls and shops. Touristy, yes, but still fun for a quick wander.
Named 'Pure Sound Pavilion' after the soothing sounds of the waters coursing around rock formations, this temple is built on an outcrop in the middle of a fast-flowing stream. Rest in one of the small pavilions here while you appreciate the natural 'music'.
The magnificent Jīndǐng Temple is at the Golden Summit (Jīn Dǐng; 3077m), commonly referred to as the mountain's highest peak. Covered with glazed tiles and surrounded by white marble balustrades, the renovated temple, which now occupies 1695 sq metres, is quite striking. In front of the temple, the unmissable 48m-tall golden statue Multi-dimensional Samantabhadra (十方普贤; Shífāng Pǔxián) honours mountain protector Puxian and was added in 2006.
The mountain's highest point is actually nearby Wànfó Dǐng (Ten Thousand Buddha Summit) at 3099m, but it has been closed to visitors for some years now.