Nanhua Buddhist Temple

Nanhua Buddhist Temple, Shaoguan

Nanhua Buddhist Temple
4.5
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

4.5
67 reviews
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Tom Q
Auckland, New Zealand379 contributions
Nice visit
Sep 2019 • Family
A nice re-visit in a sunny day since 3 years ago, paying ¥20 each person to entry. Noted many buildings are arising nearby, and could like to suggest to the temple management team to tidy up the area of their self-accommodation within the temple - though they might enjoy drying wet clothes under the lovely sun. The taxi cost to Shaoguan city and return, was around ¥200.
Written September 3, 2019
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kittyhawkCanberra
Canberra, Australia184 contributions
This temple is history
Mar 2018 • Family
I am not a religious person but I am interested in history. As temples go, one is much the same as another, like looking at Cathedrals. However, this one is meant to be the one in which the 6th Buddha preached, the one who took Buddhism from India to China, and from where Buddhism propagated., so it is historically significant.
Written March 26, 2018
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StuartMotorhomer
Skipton, UK16 contributions
a fascinating experience
Aug 2017
an absolutely fascinating experience. Fortunately I was with a friend from Shaoguan and was well versed on how to observe the appropriate customs. I would strongly advise any Western visitors to be so prepared. A truly memorable experience.
Written January 22, 2018
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Cristina_Pudin
macau183 contributions
Amazing Monastery in Caoxi
Dec 2017 • Couples
Nanhua monastery contains a sacred whole-body relics of the Great Master of Ch’an/Zen Hui Neng (638-713), who is recognized as the sixth Chinese Patriarch of Ch’an/Zen. I found this place very spiritual, clean and beautiful. You need a whole day to visit this site as it is a large place.
Written December 24, 2017
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lsg181
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia3,020 contributions
A must visit of the Sacred Zen Buddhist Temple
Mar 2017 • Friends
The 6th lineage holder of zen tradition. Over thousand years well preserved temple with fantastic green surrounds. If you like open space mediation, go to the top at the late Zen master master Xi Yun's stupa monument place, amazing open space with total green to experience the meditation of openness. Note the open hours is from 8am to 5pm, entrance is CNY20/Pax.
Written March 30, 2017
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villiersnicolette
Shaoguan, China6 contributions
Peaceful and calm well kept Buddhist Temple and grounds
Oct 2016 • Couples
The grounds of the Nanhua Buddist temple are very calming and kept clean and neat. A little more English on descriptions of sites would be helpful for English speaking tourists as myself.
Written October 20, 2016
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Douglas M
Guangzhou, China1,973 contributions
An Important Zen Temple
Oct 2016 • Couples
Read the reviews here and Wikipedia to get an understanding of the importance of this temple to Zen Buddhists and what there is to see.
During the Narion Day holiday we hired a car for the day to take us the 2 hour drive from GuangZhou. There's plenty of free parking and the entrance fee is 15Yuan which includes a small bundle of joss sticks. These must be burnt at the entrance. There's an English history on a big board at the entrance but nothing inside.
Just walk in a straight line and you'll see everything. All very colorful and ornate. Lots of photo opportunites.
Keeping going to the spring at the back of the site. Coming back I followed the exit signs rather than retraced my steps like everybody else. It's a path behind the monk's dorms and is very peaceful considering the thousands of visitors a few metres away. I poked my head around the gate to the monk's dorms (no visitors) and it's a different world. Don't miss the woodchopper's workshop, it can't have been changed for years. Look for the small elephant statues, no child can resist sitting on them! The path takes you back to the noise and bussle of the entrance.
I saw signs to a vegetarian 'lay' Buddhist restaurant but nowhere else to eat. Mind you, there are plenty of countryside restaurants in the nearby villages.
My wife donated 500 Yuan to get near a 'dried' famous monk to pray for good luck and was given a 'holy' apple to eat to reinforce the message. Being a Buddhist isn't cheap!
Be aware there are lots of steps.
Written October 6, 2016
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Bob
Brisbane, Australia120 contributions
Life Changing for Buddhists
Sep 2015 • Solo
Last resting place og two of the greatest Zen Masters in history. Master Xu Yun who died last century and Master Hui Neng, without whom there would be no Zen Buddhism. Master Hui Neng's autobiography, over 1,000 years old, explains how he build the monastery. I was there a very long time ago and it was a difficult journey. I rented a taxi for a day and saw the great Master YunMens temple too, which is nearby. Every Zen Buddhist should go
Written August 14, 2016
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Mahatir M
Singapore, Singapore20 contributions
Historic atmosphere
May 2016 • Solo
I came on a weekday on May 3, just after the Labour Day weekend. There were some people about but no crowds. Took a cab from Shaoguan HSR station. I succumbed to one of the touts who quoted RMB60 one way, and called his friend over who drove a new black sedan (pirate taxi!). Of course, the driver (nice, friendly guy) suggested going shopping, but I said no as I had only 2h there with a train to catch later, so he didn't push it. The driver waited outside Nanhua Temple for 2h and drove me back for the same price. Never felt unsafe. There's a proper taxi queue outside Shaoguan HSR station with a good supply of taxis, but outside Nanhua Temple I only saw 1 or 2 pirate taxis hanging around so there might be some difficulty getting a ride back if you don't book a taxi beforehand.

The grounds are beautiful, and there's a hallowed, historic atmosphere about the place.
The who's who in Chinese Buddhism are all here - 3 preserved bodies of Zen masters, including the Sixth Patriarch, and Master Xu Yun's relic stupa.
I was lucky enough to see the monks doing their evening prayers at 4pm at the Great Hall.
I spent 2h here and covered most of the grounds, but 3h might have been more ideal.
Written May 4, 2016
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AnnaRHelsinki
Helsinki, Finland14 contributions
Half day trip
Mar 2016 • Couples
It is easy to visit Nanhua buddhist temple from Shaoguan. Taxi takes about 20-30 minutes. The temple is worth visiting.
Written March 31, 2016
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