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Hualin Temple

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Hualin Temple

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Xiajiu Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou 510140 China
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Changshou LuGuangzhou Metro7 min
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Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong (Canton), the region that gave its name to Cantonese food. Rather than wander a city of 15 million people hoping to find the best eateries, enlist the expertise of a friendly local guide on this small-group walking tour of the Liwan neighborhood. Stop at markets, bakeries, and local eateries, and sample dishes from dim sum to Chinese cakes. 
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Pradeep A wrote a review Nov 2019
New Delhi, India411 contributions50 helpful votes
Our guide took us to this place. Temple was old but well maintained. There are hundreds of statues of Lord Budha with other geities. Smell of incense was flowing throughout the temple.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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PushExplore wrote a review Jun 2019
Singapore, Singapore4,736 contributions6,883 helpful votes
I was surprised that friends wanted to visit the Hualin Temple. It was quite a comfortable walking around, though for the second time for me. We explored quite a bit though unlike the last time.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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KodoDrummer wrote a review May 2019
Yekaterinburg, Russia63,579 contributions138,610 helpful votes
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Prayers in the main temple were taking place during my visit. It was very nice to hear the chanting of the worshippers and the smell of burning incense. On this visit, I spent the majority of my time viewing the 500 Buddha and other statues in Five Hundred Arhat Hall. Each of the 500 arhats has a different pose and facial expression.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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PushExplore wrote a review Aug 2018
Singapore, Singapore4,736 contributions6,883 helpful votes
The Hualin Temple looks rather old and is nestled between shops selling jade. I had taken two elderly ladies here, who quite enjoyed the relaxed experience to walk around and buy souvenirs.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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KodoDrummer wrote a review Apr 2018
Yekaterinburg, Russia63,579 contributions138,610 helpful votes
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Hualin Temple (until 1654, formerly known as Xilai Monastery) has a history dating back over 1,500 years to the South Ling Dynasty period, 521 to 526 A.D. It is also referred to as The Holy Land of the International Buddhism, The Temple of the 500 Gods, . It was originally established by Bodhidharma, the 28th ancestor of ancient Indian Buddhism. Five-Hundred-Arhat Hall is amazingly beautiful. It was built during the last year of Emperor Daoguang (1821-1861). Each of the Arhats has a different pose, mood, and expression, although most are similar in size. There is also a statue of Marco Polo, commemorating his visit to China in the 13th century. During my visit, over 80% of the attendees appeared to be local worshippers. Buddhist monks were actively going about their daily duties. Hualin Temple is located next to the Jade Market (Hualinsi Jade Street). It is on a side-street between Changshou Lu and Xiajiu Lu. I travel around GZ, by foot, metro (subway), taxi, and bus. I used the metro to get to the Hualin Temple and area. Two metro exiting options are to go on Metro Line 1 and exit at either XiMen Kou station or Chen Clan Academy station. If you exit at XiMen Kou station, from there walk through the glasses/eyewear market, walk to the central portion (the big square) of Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street, turn right and walk about 150 to 200 metres, and walk a block to the left to get to Hualinsi Jade Street, and Hualin Temple will be off to the side of the street. One can also get there from Changshou Lu Station, although I haven’t tried that route, which they say is the easiest/closest. I select my routes based in part on the other thigs I can encounter on the trip. There is no admission fee, but there are places where one can leave a donation, but this is not in any way mandatory. The active place of worship is generally open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Before I commence my trips, I take a photo of my destination names in both English and Chinese. Then enroute, I’ll ask for directions whenever I am concerned that I might not be going the right way. Travel Tip re toilets: There are many public, restaurant, and other toilets throughout Guangzhou. However, few supply tissue. Thus, to be safe, always carry an adequate supply of tissue. Most of these toilets are fairly dirty, have water for washing, but supply nothing to dry yourself with.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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