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“Wonderful and peaceful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dafo Temple of Zhangye

Dafo Temple of Zhangye
Dafosi Alley, Minzhu West Road, Ganzhou District, Zhangye 734000, China
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Ranked #1 of 30 Attractions in Zhangye
4.0 of 5 stars 19 Reviews
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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“Wonderful and peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We were meant to go to the Danxia Rainbow mountains, but we got to Zhangye too late so ended up here. It is a beautiful and peaceful temple complex that has a fascinating history.

There is English explaining what each of the buildings are, but that's about it I'm afraid. If you can speak Chinese then the guides are quite good. They tell you the interesting legends surrounding the temple, including how the giant sleeping buddha survived destruction several times at the hands of the Russians and the cultural revolutionaries. I agree with @tsandweg that it would be worth looking up some history before you go if you don't speak Chinese.

I highly recommend taking the time to see this place if you are in Zhangye. In fact I'd even suggest making the stop for a day if traveling by train between Lanzhou and Jiayuguan.

Visited August 2014
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“Worth the Stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

We stopped here really fast on our way out of the city, and I'm glad that we did! It was quiet and simple but nice. We got half off admission because we were students. I advise looking up the history ahead of time, as there is no explanation.

Visited December 2013
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“Nice oasis”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

This temple has some interesting building including one with a large sleeping buddha. There are several building but no english explanation. Nice and quiet gardens. Main attraction in the city.

Visited May 2013
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