Last updated by chinatravel at 2013-11-3
There are different versions on the name of Tangli Nunnery. According to some people, two immortals named Tang and Li once practiced austerities in the nunnery. So the nunnery was called Tangli Nunnery. In fact, it is a small scale Buddhist temple and composed of a grand hall, three subsidiary halls in the East and West, residence for monks, Buddhist Scripture Collection Building, rooms for guests, and thatched cottage named Guzi Nunnery, etc. It has 32 rooms in total accounting 820 square meters. Unfortunately, there is no record of when the Nunnery was built up.
According to stele inscriptions, Tangli Nunnery was repaired for the first time in the ruling period of Long Qing Emperor in Ming Dynasty about 400 years ago. The ridge and eaves of the retained Tangli Grand Hall are carved with images of double-dragons and various beasts. There are a lot of frescoes as adornment and they are precious legacy of art. The wall in the northern part of the Grand Hall is painted with some colorful rosy clouds to serve as a foil to Buddha; in the west of the Hall are four landscape paintings; the eaves of the corridor in the Grand Hall are decorated with nine color paintings and they depicted the following figures and stories: Zhong Dao (a Buddhist disciple) Capturing Monsters, the Image of Buddha, Tang Sanzang ( the master of Monkey King in Journey to the West) Pursuing for Buddhist Scriptures, and Eight Immortals, etc. Paintings on both sides of the corridor describe legends like Nezha (a figure in Journey to the West) Troubling the Sea and Immortal Li with a terrace in his hand, etc. On the wall of the West and East Subsidiary Hall there are color paintings of the following images: Black Tiger, Immortals Flying to the Heaven, Bamboos, and figures in Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Besides, the door of the temple is decorated with paintings of character and landscape. Other cultural relics of the temple are four stone steles erected in the first ruling year of Long Qing Emperor in Ming Dynasty and the ruling years of Dao Guan Emperor in Qing Dynasty. In the East of the temple lives a fruit tree which is said to be 500 years old.
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How to Get There?
It is convenient to visit Tangli Nunnery. You can take a taxi from Zouping County directly to the scenic spot.
There are village cafeterias in the scenic spot. They provide food and sweet spring water. Valleys and forests nearby are also fantastic places to see. The best time for visiting the ancient temple is from Pure Brightness to May First, when there will be fragrance of booming flowers and beautiful bird tweeting, characterizing a fantastic spring day. Tourists, after visiting here, would become reluctant to leave. The mountainous area where Tangli Nunnery lies in has abundant produces of apricot, black date, golden towel gourd, and various crops.
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