Last updated by chinatravel at 2013-10-31
The Buddhism in Fengxue Temple derives from Tiantai Buddhism and Chan Buddhism in Tang Dynasty. It is always the Linji Sect of Chan Buddhism since the Yanzhao Master in the second year of Emperor Changxin of Houtang Dynasty. The pagodas rank the third after Shaolin pagodas and Lingyan pagodas.
The whole temple is characteristic of southern architecture surrounded by lofty and green mountains, clean and cool springs, towering pagodas, magnificent palaces and lots of steles. Fengxue Temple is one of the oldest temples in China, which was built in North Wei Dynasty, and it is named after the various wind caves in the mountains which lay on the east of the temple. And the mouth of Fengxue Mt. is narrowed by two mountains. Until you walk 3-li from the mountain mouth to the north, the temple can actually come into sight. It is really a temple hiding in the deep mountains.
The varied steles in the temple deserve special attentions, which were established from the third year of Emperor Qianyou of Houhan Dynasty in Five-Dynasty Period to Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Narratives or poems were inscribed on the steles, which were engraved with Cao Shu, Li Shu and Zhuan Shu, and among the steles are art of treasures. Besides there are eight marvelous scenic spots such as Pearl Curtain, Daci Spring, Moon-playing Platform, Shenxian Bridge, Cuifeng Pavilion, Yingpingfeng, Wugong Cave and Wangzhou Pavilion, as well as 72 tiny scenic spots.
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