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“Very commercialized”
Review of Nanputuo Temple

Nanputuo Temple
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Xiamen Private Day Tour of Gulangyu Island, Shuzhuang Garden, Hulishan Battery...
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Zadar, Zagrebacka, Croatia
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“Very commercialized”
Reviewed February 12, 2014

I've been to many temples in China and this was probably had the least religious feeling of all. The building itself is nice, but brand new like every other temple in China. The rocks and vegetation above are quite interesting, though.

Visited January 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“Nice temple with a lovely view”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

I visited this temple in the afternoon. It's quiet beautifull and also a little busy, which makes it more intresting. Behind the temple you can climb the hill for a great view over the University.

Visited January 2014
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Shanghai, China
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“A nice buddhist temple”
Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

It is easy to find. It is free of charge. It has a nice vegetarian buddhist restaurant , what else can one wish for in a temple?
Really recommend the restaurant just go up through the gates to the right of the main entrance and when you see the banquet hall turn left towards a red building. Takes 3 minutes to find the place and I promise you would absolutely love it.

Visited January 2014
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Georgia
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“Lots of walking”
Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

This was a beautiful temple but there was a ton of stairs. Not a problem if you are prepared but don't try and take a stroller. Other than that I would highly recommend going. Beautiful.

Visited November 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“Nothing stands out - but view at the top is worth the climb”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

I've been to a number of temples (in China and across Asia) and unfortunately, this is like a typical Chinese temple. If you haven't been to a temple before then I do recommend going.
I always donate money for incense and make prayers whenever I go to Chinese temples, this one was no exception.

Like most temples, they sell various vegetarian food, in this case they also sell biscuits (pumpkin, green and red bean as well as coconut). Although I went relatively early (10am) they had already sold out of the green and red bean varieties.

If you have time, try the steps to the top of the temple to see some very decent views of the city. It was rather arduous and tougher than most treks - the steps are uneven and it is a long climb (prob 20-30mins!). Be warned there is nothing at the top apart from some guy selling fish balls and eggs at the top - not like most temples where you have a big Buddha or another part of the temple here.

Positives:
- Nice view and sense of peace and tranquility (albeit the crowds!)
- Tasty biscuits!
- Free entry which is rare for temples in China - donation boxes all around which you can freely donate if you wish

Negatives:
- Crowded (expected on a Sunday but ignorantly went on an important day in the Chinese festival)
- Unless you just want some exercise and want to get a good view of Xiamen - give the hike to the top a miss. If it has been raining, be extra careful as the steps are uneven.

Tip: If you happen to want to go to Gulanyu/towards Zhongshan Road, take bus number 841 - only RMB 1 from outside the temple (turn right to the bus station)

Visited December 2013
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