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||Hong Fa Si
| Main figure/s:
(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).
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.
||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.
Details to be added soon!
(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
||All photos on
this page are copyright 2005 by James
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
Note masks on park
this was in the time of SARS
Vegetarian restaurant next to the temple
Other pages at Hong Fa Temple,
Heavenly Kings Hall and two associated halls
A classroom (or other general use) hall
Buddha Hall and four associated halls and
The Scripture Repository and Lecture Hall
Sleeping Buddha Hall and the Dining Hall