Baoguang (Divine Light) Temple

Last updated by yourguide at 2014/5/1

Baoguang (Divine Light) Temple, 18 km north of Chengdu, is supposed to have been built as early as Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220). It once was named "Dashi Temple" (Big Stone Temple) during Tang Dynasty. In 889, emperor of Tang Dynasty rebuilt the temple and renamed it "Baoguang Temple". It is the best-preserved Buddhist temple in Sichuan province. Covering an area of more than 90,000 square meters, the whole complex now consists of one pagoda, six halls and sixteen courtyards. Its major structures are built with some 400 stone pillars and decorated with figurines of birds and animals on their eaves and carvings of flowers and plumes on their doors and windows.

Special recommendations:

Sheli Pagoda (Buddhist Relics Pagoda):

Built in Tang Dynasty, the pagoda is 30 meter high with 13 floors. On each floor, there are 12 Buddha on each of four sides. The golden top is illuminated in the sunbeams, showing the extraordinary loftiness of the whole structure.

The original  pagoda was a wooden one built in Eastern Han Dynasty. It was said that during the Huangchao Rebellion of Tang Dynasty, Emperor Xizong fled from Chang'an (present Xi'an) and hid in this temple. At one night, he accidentally found there was something shining under the pagoda. He immidiately ordered a digging and found Buddhist relics under the pagoda. The pagoda was then rebuilt and renamed as Sheli Pagoda.

Arhat Hall: Built in 1849 during Qing Dynasty, the hall contains 500 2m-high clay figurines representing Buddhist saints and disciples. Realistically sculptured, these arhats are different in respective facial expressions, gestures and costumes, reputed as one of the best-preserved sculpture groups of Qing Dynasty.

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Location:

It is located in Xindu county, 18 km north of Chengdu

How to Get There?

 Buses depart from the Chengdu Xinnan Meng, Chengbei transportation center, Zhaojun temple bus station and Jingsa bus station to the sight .Ticket:6.5 yuan

Ticket Price:

18 yuan

Opening Hours:
8:00A.M.-17:00P.M.

More Tips:

1.The best tour time is August, in which there is a Xindu sweet-scented osmanthus festival. 
2. The vegetarian meal is available in this temple. And don't forget to sample the lotus leaf porridge when you are taking cruise on the Gui Lake
3. Part of the temple buildings was damaged in the powerful Wenchuan earthquake in 12th, May.


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