Sandakan doesn't offer very much in the way of attractions, so this is a lovely surprise. Not only are the views simply spectacular, the temple itself matches similar ones in Thailand. We took a taxi from the Sheraton, RMB 40 including wait time. The stairs up the hill are extremely steep and you need to be fit and into hiking to manage those. The driveway is lined by a long series of buddha statues standing guard that lead to the entrance gate. Temple opens at 8am. It's got a nice atmosphere, lanterns everywhere, stunning designs, lots to see inside (you leave your shoes on the shelves on the back entrance), beautiful pillars with dragon carvings, huge bells, beautiful buddhas, meticulously clean and well taken care of. We were lucky enough to meet some nuns and monks who were simply lovely. Interesting is the placard at the entrance listing the donations to get the temple built by name of the donor/family. Buddhist spinning wheels and wall tiles with family names along the walls. We (the whole family incl. kids) absolutely loved it.
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