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Qingshui Yan Temple

Penglai Mountain in Anxi County is characterized by its majestic features which include perilous cliffs and secluded forests. On the mountain, nearly every temple or pavilion tells you a fairytale. Qingshui Yan Temple is a three-layer-tower-style architecture built with blue bricks and red tiles. Hiding in green pines, emerald bamboos, hazy clouds mist and, the temple looks imposing and grand. Around the temple, there are many unusual cultural relics as well as natural wonders, such as the precious Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) stone tablets showing the map of the mountain, the four stone bamboo shoots towering to the sky and the ancient tree with all its branches growing northwards. Modern tourist facilities including cable cars, winding blacktops, and other amenities will make your travel more convenient and interesting.

Built in 1083 within the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), Qingshui Yan was originally referred to as Zhang Yan. Later, a Buddhist monk, Chen Puzu, who cultivated himself here, modified its name and founded this temple. When Chen died in 1101, native individuals carved his figure with eaglewood to indicate their respect. Owing to the migration of the native individuals, over three hundred branch temples of Qingshui Yan Temple currently is seen in Taiwan Island, Japan and different areas in Southeast Asia.

Facing a yawning ravine, the temple was created primarily based on the topographical feature of Penglai Mountain. The primary floor is Haotian Kou, and also the second Zushi (founder of the temple) Hall. The third floor is Shijia Lou (hall of Sakyamuni), together with Tanyue Hall, Kwan-yin Hall and Fangming (good reputation) Hall lying in its 2 sides. The wall of the temple was engineered with red bricks and blue tiles, that seems quite pleasing beneath the set of lush pine trees and emerald-green bamboos.

Additionally, historical and cultural relics are abundant in Qingshui Yan Temple. Among the present ones, twenty nine sites were built during the period of Song Dynasty (960-1279), one within the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), eight within the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), 5 within the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), and twenty three are exploited in trendy times.

To illustrate a number of them, there's an ancient camphor tree with all its branches pointing to the north. Legend says that during this method the tree shows its discontent regarding Song court's unfair treatment towards Yue Fei (a loyal general in Song Dynasty). Erected within the Ming Dynasty, the 'Yan Tu Beike' (a carved map of Qingshui Yan Temple on a stone tablet) is taken into account as an unwonted guide map in earlier period. Also, there's a motivating Luohan (Buddhist arhat) pine that grows four inches per year however becomes shorter once confronted with the lightening and also the thunder.

Upon climbing the mountain, guests can realize the Banling Pavilion and Hujie Palace, also as several stone carvings in varied shapes. Behind Qingshui Yan Temple, there are four splendid stalagmites standing straight on the mountaintop as if they're being thrust into the sky.

Qingshui Yan Temple has been nominated as a Grade AAAA National Tourism Zone in 2002. The most effective time to travel here is from April to November.

Qingshui Yan Temple Notes

1. The admission fee is CNY 15 for adult.

2. The opening hour is from 06:00 to 17:30 every day.

3. Transportation: Quanzhou New Bus Station - Anxi Longhu (Dragon Lake) Bus Station - No. 2 Bus - Hengxing Bus Station - Special Line to Qingshui Yan Temple