Jianshan Temple

Jianshan Temple, Yangshuo County

Jianshan Temple
2.5
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Yueliangshan Scenic Area, Gaotian Town, Yangshuo County 450321 China

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PLFMS
Macau, China223 contributions
Beautiful
Feb 2015 • Couples
On the contrary to some of the reviews, I found it very beautiful and peaceful. I was not bothered at all, by anyone and actually got most of the temple to myself and walked around pretty freely.

I do say that this should not be a priority in Yangshuo as nature pretty much trumps everything else here. But if you spend 5 nights there like I did, you should have the time to explore this.

Like the rest of Yangshuo, I found the folklore and myths around it very interesting.

Not a must, but a nice peaceful walkabout.
Written January 3, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

CanuckJames
Nishinomiya, Japan971 contributions
Really uncomfortable pressure
Nov 2013 • Couples
Entrance fee 20 RMB

Tour was in Chinese, not sure if there was English option.

Couple of very strict rules of conduct.
1. Step OVER the step into the various rooms. Never step ON the step.
2. Do not take pictures of the worshipers.
They emphasis this again and again.

This is a standard working temple, none of the Buddhas were especially special. You see similar if not the same type of temple anywhere else in China.

One uncomfortable part was the "opportunity" to pray and worship and DONATE to the temple. We were really pressured to do so. Talk about peer pressure.

This temple has a couple of gimmicks. They have "lucky" stickers that they stick on your shirt to say you have paid the entrance fee and then they give you an opportunity to stick your sticker on the "lucky" wall.

The other gimmick is a 1300 year old tortoise which is alive and it's stomach is placed on a podium which immobilizes the tortoise. You get to rub it and pet it, doing so gives you good fortune. Of course, you are encouraged to donate.

We never would have considered on coming here if it wasn't part of the tour. Do not come here for the express purpose of seeing a temple. You will be disappointed. There are many other temples that are a better option.

In the parking lot, there are a good number of food carts and trinket sellers.

This attraction is usually bundled with the Banyan Tree attraction.
Written November 22, 2013
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359karenS
malaysia2 contributions
Conman temple 鉴山寺=奸商寺
Jan 2013 • Couples
一开始说抽签免费,但拿签纸要十元.这还不算,和尚解签就要你买什么佛/麒麟供奉,最少1800.我开口说不方便就让导游指导我一直去拜佛祖,然后带我男友去像是办公室的小房里.我男友说不够现钱,还要我男友刷卡.那里至少有10架刷卡机,我说你们是黑庙吧!

inside the temple, the monk ask us to buy Kirin (麒麟) for at leaset RMB1800 but I say no. Then the monk get the tour guide to keep asking me to pray and so that he can bring my boyfriend to an "office". My boyfriend said he has not enough cash but the monk ask my boyfriend to swipe his credit card. In that "office", you will find at least 10 credit card device terminal. I have been visited to many temple but this is the first temple that really make me shock that they accept credit card for donation! Sorry to say, this temple is conman temple Those visiting this temple, please becareful.
Written January 21, 2013
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Abacae
Minato-ku, Tokyo92 contributions
Old, but not up to the better temples in China
Jan 2013 • Family
Jianshan temple is worth a visit if you have several days in Guilin. It is close to the Moon Hill and Li River bamboo raft cruising and so is an easy inclusion. The temple dates from the 6th Century, but has been rebuilt several times. It is "working temple" with resident monks and appears to serve the religious needs of the local community, although there is a "gouging" element to many aspects of its operation (entrance fee, ridiculous prices for incense votives, etc.). Neither the temple nor the grounds are extensive and it can be visited fully in a little over an hour.
Written January 7, 2013
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