Yufeng Temple

Yufeng Temple, Lijiang

Yufeng Temple
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Historic Walking Areas • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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ggm
Honolulu, HI1,439 contributions
The 500 year old camellia is magnificent, even when not in bloom
Oct 2019
Yufengsi, approximately 6 kilometers from BaiSha and directly on the #6 bus line that runs from Li Jiang through Shuhe and BaiSha, lies at the foot of Snow Dragon Mountain. It is most famous, of course, for its 500 year old 10,000 blossoms camellia, which is truly magnificent, but the temple area of the hillside has dozens of other very interesting trees, too. Two 250 year old Michelia yunnanesis (10-Mile Fragrance trees) for example, in a courtyard of their own, a huge Magnolia delavayi (Ye He Huan) at the entrance, a beautiful ginkgo, and many other rare trees.
Bruce Chatwin was perhaps affected by the altitude, was running a fever or had never seen other lamaseries when he wrote in 1985 "Of all the places we have seen [in Yunnan], the monastery seems the loveliest," but neither do the remarks of Joseph Rock from the 1920s: "It is the home of rats, whose excrements lie inches deep,...the most forlorn and forsaken lamasery I know of" fit the present. The reconstructed buildings aren't that special, but there is a new and very impressive giant prayer wheel.
Definitely worth visiting for the trees alone.
Others have commented on the cheerful old Naxi women who sing at the entrance, offering 10¥ for a song kept them happy, admission to the temple was only 17¥ in October 2019. Very few visitors when the tree is not in bloom, a very peaceful spot that I recommend highly.
Written February 18, 2020
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anniefs
brighton, UK216 contributions
An interesting place to visit but not overwhelming
Apr 2018 • Couples
The buildings here don’t appeal as much as many other temples in China but the old camellia is very interesting.
Written April 21, 2018
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Kiwimac53
Chicago Southland, IL88 contributions
Nothing great ut interesting back story
Nov 2017 • Couples
While the camellia tree is impressive for its size it needs to be in flower to get its true glory (it wasn't when we were there). Otherwise this site is nothing exceptional but worth the stop if you are passing by. he story of the monk who took care of the tree right through the cultural revolution is an interesting one but now the highlight is the tree..
Not sure where some of the photos in these reviews were taken but we didnt see any of the impressive statues shown.
Note there are a group of women in local dress chanting at the gate basically busking. They are not connected to the temple (there is a separate fee) so donate at your own will.
Written November 8, 2017
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Superpear
Ashburton, New Zealand1,333 contributions
A bit run down
Jul 2016 • Couples
They really need a worker bee weekend to spruce this place up. It has a very sad entrance past all the usual tourist stalls, and the Naxi women who will charge you for a photo.

The Temple itself is small and peaceful except that it needs a good weeding and a clean.

It is not really worth the visit as there is so much better elsewhere.
Written July 6, 2016
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Bob H
Mississauga, Canada17,165 contributions
Yufeng Lamaist Temple, Lijiang
Dec 2014
This temple is located at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Consists of the gate tower, main hall and 2 courtyards (when originally built in 1756 had 9 courtyards). On the grounds is a 500+ year old Camellia tree.
Written November 14, 2015
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pbhPlymouth
plymouth988 contributions
colourful prayer flags
Apr 2015 • Solo
Interesting walk up a gentle hill past the usual tourist stalls and the less usual, animal skins that look like ? Tiger skins, our guide said they were fakes. The temple is quite small but we were entertained with singing at the entrance from about six elderly ladies dressed in the local costume, a small donation is welcomed
Written June 5, 2015
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MademoiselleAmandine
Shanghai, China80 contributions
Nothing exceptionnal just one old camelia tree
Apr 2012 • Couples
Just a temple in the area. Doesn't worth a visit. There is a really old camelia tree. One old monk protected it against the revolution guards in 70's.
Written August 6, 2012
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red_mermaid
Rosmalen, The Netherlands135 contributions
Temple + 500 year old Camellia
Feb 2012 • Friends
The temple is one of the well known lamaseries among five in Lijiang.
The highlight of Yufeng temple is a 500 year old Camellia in the Northern courtyard.
This tree has an intricate pattern of twisted stems, and shows thousands of flowers.
Tree lovers will also appreciate a rare species of a Yunnan Michaela Figo, that has
a less respectable age of only 200 years.
Written February 17, 2012
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hkvisitor1997
Hong Kong, China539 contributions
Old temple with a over 250 years Camellia tree
Sep 2011 • Couples
Half hour drive from Lijiang old town, an old temple showing it's age, what make this temple well know, because of a Camellia tree, as old as the temple itself, I was told, during blooming period in the Spring, blossom keep coming last more than a 100 days, maybe if you are here in the Spring, come and check it out, otherwise not worth the trip
to come at all.
Written September 20, 2011
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