Helan Mountain South Temple Ecological Tourist Area
A brief intro to the tourist attraction
Guangzong Temple is located at the west foot of Helan Mountain. It is locally called “South Temple” due to its south location of Bayanhaote. In Tibetan language, it is called “Gedandanjilin” with the Chinese meaning as “Absolute leadership of Guangzong Island”. It is a tourist area that mixes Tibetan Buddhist culture with Helan Mountain natural sight. It was named the National Tourist Resort of 4A Grade. As soon as you get to the tourist area the first sight you will come across is a gate teemed with Mongolia and Tibetan feature. It is ten meters high and twelve meters wide taking the four-pillar, six eave style as its architectural structure. The yellow eave-cap at the top shines brightly in the sun. At this time, a pious attitude will suddenly arise from the bottom of your heart. On the façade of the torii, the Chinese characters of “Helan Mountain South Temple Tourist Area” are inscribed. The Chinese characters of “Beautiful Lying Dragon” engraved on the opposite side of it points out the theme with solemnity, magnificence and literary color as if it were written by gods, which makes the finishing point. Groups of mountains surround the tourist area with gusty winds of pine trees, flourishing green grass, stately temples and voices of Buddhist scriptures. The temple was built against the mountain. On the stone walls fully-covered sculpted color-painted Buddhist figures which is the biggest Buddhist figure group of stone sculpture in Inner Mongolia. The temple is well-known in Mongolia and Tibetan religious world for its dedication to the spiritual tower of the 6th Dalai Lama’s mortal frame. It was initially constructed between 1756-1760 with a total area of 50 square kilometers. At its thriving period, the temples and monks’ residences have reached 2859, the number of monks totaling more than 1500. Thus, it was reputed as “Little Tower Temple”. In 1760, it was endowed the name “Guangzong Temple” by Qianlong Emperor of Qing. The tourist area consists of religious humanistic sceneries, and natural ecological sceneries. The religious humanistic sceneries include: the Torii of South Gate, Kingkong Entry (Buddhist figures group of stone sculpture),Weilate Living Place, Red Temple, Yellow Temple, Scripture-keeping Tower, Duojipamu Temple Tower, the Building of Scripture Hall, Zhanmao Mountain Temple and Taerzhukezhao, etc. The natural sceneries include: Snow Mountains, Yin-Yang Boundary, Yak Pond, Bayansunbuerao Yurt, Icy Gutter, Votive Stone, Three Swords Reflecting the Moon, Fairy Ox Attached to its Owner, Five-color Pool of Fairy Monk, Defeating the Devil, and Fairy Springi,etc.