Xichan Temple (Xichan Si) [西禅寺]

  • Address:455 Gongye Lu, Gulou District, Fuzhou
  • Getting there: Take bus No.317 or 39 to Xichan Temple stop
  • Contact: 0591 8372 8128  
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The Xichan Temple is located due west of Fuzhou City, just beyond Fuzhou University. It was built in 867 AD during the Tang Dynasty. In front of the majestic and imposing Buddhist buildings grows an 800-year old litchi tree which still bears fruit. The temple boasts a collection of jade statues of the Buddha brought from Myanmar displayed in the Jade Buddha Hall. The seated Buddha is 2.95 meters tall, while the reclining one measures 3.7 meters in length. Xichan Temple enjoys the longest history among the five Fuzhou Buddhist temples. In 1983, the China State Council designated it as the National Key Buddhist Temple in the Han Nationality Districts

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