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“Nice oasis”

Dafo Temple of Zhangye
Sherbrooke, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 459 helpful votes
“Nice oasis”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

This temple has some interesting building including one with a large sleeping buddha. There are several building but no english explanation. Nice and quiet gardens. Main attraction in the city.

Visited May 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Unrestored but in good shape”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

This temple contains the largest reclining Buddha in China and is probably the most visited tourist spot in this smallish city. Unlike many old temples I have seen in China, the Dafo Temple has not been restored on the outside. The paintwork on the walls have mostly faded, leaving the whole temple looking brownish-clay. This is actually quite appealing and authentic and imparts a sense of timelessness.

The statue of a serene Buddha inside is however in much better shape with the paintwork mostly intact. There are also a good number of smaller statues of disciples and lesser deities, and the walls at the back have depictions of the well-known story from Journey to the West. Photography is not allowed inside the temple but since it is quite dark inside, flashes going on inside would have spoilt the tranquil atmosphere. The temple itself and the beautiful gateway arch are quite nice for photography though. Allocate half to one hour.

Visited September 2012
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Hokitika, New Zealand
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“A wonderful,ancient historical site A must see in Zhangye!”
Reviewed September 24, 2011

In April this year while in Zhangye city in Gansu ,China I decided to visit the Giant Buddha Temple as I had been told of it's significance by Chinese and Western friends.
Located in the ancient city of Zhangye in South West Gansu province the Giant Buddha Temple dates from the Western Xia Dynasty, which was from 1038 to 1227AD.
The Temple itself was built in 1098,and is remarkably well preserved and well worth a visit. definitely a "must see" for anyone visitng Zhangye.The entrance fee of 41 CNY was worth every cent or mao in Chinese.The Temple features an amazing giant reclinng Buddha and ancient design.Indeed the great Italian explorer Marco Polo came to Zhangye and admired the Temple. Indeed Maro Polo liked Zhangye so much he stayed there one year and wrote about the city in his famous writngs. Don't just take my word for it,If Marco Polo liked the Temple it must be good! Don't miss the Giant Buddha Temple in Zhangye! Andrew

Visited April 2011
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