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Baoning Temple

Last updated by chinatravel at 2015/11/5

he temple faces south. It originally covered an area which was 100 meters from the west to the east and 150 meters form north to the south. The main buildings on the central axle wire are four courtyards, five temples, which are respectively decorated archway, the gate of the Buddhism temple, Tian Wang Temple and Da Xiong Bao Dian Temple. It is a pity that the temple was heavily destroyed at the period of revolution and the Cultural Revolution. The palaces fell down and all the poles were destroyed. Except for Da Xiong Bao Dian temple and Guo Dian temple, the other buildings were all disappeared.

In Bao Ning Temple there was a series of Chinese ink and wash, which was the essential thing of the temple and the first class works among the pictures of Ming Dynasty. The Chinese ink and wash was moved and preserved in Shanxi Provincial Exhibition Hall in the year 1953.

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It is said that Emperor Kang Xi of Qing Dynasty has ever traveled to the west of China and passed by You Yu. He was nearly taken captive when the Mongolian rebellion Ger Dan Army invaded to the south. Fortunately, the people of You Yu protected him from coming to grief. After Emperor went back to the capital, he sent a series of Chinese ink and wash which was well preserved in the palace to Bao Ning Temple in order to put a premium on the local people. The series of Chinese ink and wash amounts to 136 pictures. Since then the pictures were hung in the temple on Lunar April Eighth. All the Buddhists and Taoists in the neighborhood as well as the citizens, businessmen, farmers and handicrafts came to the temple to warship and appreciate the pictures. The pictures mainly described that Buddhism held a religious ceremony to save all the spirits on the land and in the water as well as help all the people go to heaven after they died. In the pictures, the representatives of the three religions, the Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism gather in the same palace. The pictures are well painted with proper distribution of the figures, which are vivid and colorful. The figures in the pictures are lifelike. They are rare arts works among pictures of Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty which are preserved well. They offer cherish historical materials for studying the contemporary politics, economics, cultural arts and social folk customs.

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One can take bus to arrive in Shuozhou City and take the local minibus to get to the temple.

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