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Cao'an Manichean Temple

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cricketfanBB wrote a review Oct 2019
Auckland229 contributions42 helpful votes
This is just a great piece of history. Wow a Manichean temple in China. Just reminds you how far people had traveled in early years. And its a pretty nice temple visually too.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Matt M wrote a review Mar 2016
DFW, United States49 contributions15 helpful votes
This is the world's only remaining intact Manichaean temple. This survived the demise of the religion by being absorbed into the Buddhist tradition. Today it's a Buddhist-Manichaean hybrid but architecturally quite different from 'just another Chinese Buddhist temple' (which is possible to become cloying to travelers visiting one after another for many days). The easiest way to get here (and that goes for Chinese speakers also) is to confirm exactly the name of this place in Chinese. Coordinate between the hotel and taxi driver. Many visiting Quanzhou will actually stay in a Jinjiang hotel, which makes access to this area easier. Comparing this to the major attractions in Quanzhou, it's nearly a must-see if it weren't a bit isolated from everything else. There's no entry fee, and it's small and compact to allow a quick visit.
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Date of experience: February 2016
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ErichaL wrote a review May 2013
Shanghai, China8 contributions11 helpful votes
This temple is outside of Quanzhou but worth a visit. There are a great deal of different sorts of temples around the area due to the sailors who would dock here over the years. My husband and I took a bus which dropped us off on the side of the highway. The road to the temple is about 2km long. As we were walking, a man on a motorbike stopped and we paid him to drive us both - at the same time. The Mani shrine looks a lot like a Buddhist shrine as there is only one image of Mani there. It's a peaceful site and after visiting the shrine we climbed to the top of the mountain. As beautiful as the climb up was, once you reach the top you can see power plants and refineries on the other side. Not so picturesque. At the bottom of the trail, we found a Buddhist nunnery where I was guided through a blessing ritual with incense. The nuns did not ask for money, they were just being helpful. We were able to get one of the locals to drive us down to the bus station in town for a reasonably low price. It's a nice afternoon out of the city but not a must-see if you are short on time.
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Date of experience: June 2012
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