Buddhist Temple sights in China
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Zūnyì has two active Buddhist temples. Built in the 1920s, the very well maintained Xiāngshān Temple (湘山寺; Xiāngshān Sì) is situated on a small hill in a lively part of town. Báiyún Temple (白云寺; Báiyún Sì) is more rundown but still quite charming.
Skirting the northern and eastern walls of the Bìshǔ Shānzhuāng, the eight outer temples were, unusually, designed for diplomatic rather than spiritual reasons. Some were based on actual Tibetan Buddhist monasteries but the emphasis was on appearance: smaller temple buildings are sometimes solid, and the Tibetan facades (with painted windows) are often fronts for traditional Chinese temple inter- iors. The surviving temples and monasteries were all built between 1713 and 1780; the prominence given to Tibetan Buddhism was as much for the Mongols (fervent Lamaists) as the Tibetan leaders.
Bus 6 taken to the northeastern corner will drop you in the vicinity and bus 118…