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Shenzhen's only major
Buddhist temple 

 Ground plan of this temple
to be added soon

 

This page is a "Work in Progress."
Please check back soon for upgrades

See below for a list of other pages at Hong Fa Temple

Name: Hong Fa Si 
Main figure/s: Shakyamuni Buddha
Other figures: Amitabha Buddha (Amitofo), the Medicine Buddha (Yao Shi Fo), The Happy Buddha (Mi-le-fo), The Four Heavenly Kings (Si Tian Wang), Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva (Di Cang Pusa), Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Guan Yin), Samantabhadra Bodhisattva (Pu Hsien), Manjusri Bodhisattva (Wen Shu), Wei Tuo, Qie Lan (Guan Yu), as well as an image of the Sleeping Buddha (the Buddha preparing to enter Parinirvana).
"History":   Sorry, there's a lot of work left to do here.  Essentially, the temple's legend says that a fairy came down to swim at the nearby Xian Hu ("Fairy Lake"), and a monk, entranced by the sight, founded a hermitage here.  Later the temple was built on the site of the hermitage.

In fact, I can find no evidence that there was any foundation here until the municipal government built this temple in a public park in the 1990s.

Description:   The temple is built on a series of terraces.  The first is a courtyard with the screen wall; next is the gate level, with shops and halls as well.  Then the Heavenly Kings Hall with the Happy Buddha, with two surrounding halls. The fourth level has some kind of utility hall, but no worship halls.  On the next level is the "Treasure Hall," or what we would call the Buddha Hall.  There are four side-halls here.  Finally, there is the scripture repository at the top.  Coming back down the side of the temple, one encounters the dining hall on one level, and the Sleeping Buddha below that.
Festival/s:   Details to be added soon! 
Getting there:   Mini-bus 468 (from the Hua Qiang Bei area) ends at the gates of Xian Hu (Fairy Lake) Park.  From there, buy a ticket and walk inside the gates.  Take the shuttle bus (2 RMB) to the temple gate.
Also in the area: The Fairy Lake Botanical Garden is an extensive park with many attractive features, not the least of which is the lake itself.  It's well worth a day's exploration.  Lunch can be had in the vegetarian restaurant next to the temple.
About the photos: All photos on this page are copyright 2005 by James Baquet

Gallery: Xian Hu Park


Gateway to Xian Hu (Fairy Lake) Park

Close-up of the eponymous fairy

"Amitofo" marker on road to temple in park

Viewing pagoda

Note masks on park visitors;
this was in the time of SARS

Vegetarian restaurant next to the temple

Other pages at Hong Fa Temple, Shenzhen:

The Entry Courtyard

The Mountain Gate

The Heavenly Kings Hall and two associated halls
A classroom (or other general use) hall

The Buddha Hall and four associated halls and
The Scripture Repository and Lecture Hall

The Sleeping Buddha Hall and the Dining Hall


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