we took the Highspeed train from Lanzhou to Zhangye and continued by Car to the Mati Temple and Grottos. It was an amazing experience and good lesson in chinese history. make sure you calculate enough time for your visite if you plan to go all the way up to the top Grotto. whilst you there you must try the local lamb, i am not a fan of lamb but it was absolutly delicious no small of lamb. also try the local beef (Mau Neo)
Now there are no monks in the Great Buddhist Temple, which is a museum, but it does not affect the visit, you can also explain. The Hall of the Ninth Five-Year Respect looks very old, but according to the staff, it is actually maintained, except that it has not been painted, and it is considered as old as it is. The Great Buddha Cultural Revolution in the temple was also destroyed, so it was repaired. Fortunately, it was not serious. However, many cultural relics stored in the temple were lost, which was a pity. There are many cultural relics related to the Great Buddha Temple in the exhibition hall behind the main hall. You can also see the internal structure model of the Great Buddha and understand the way of storage. The most precious is of course the first printed Bei Zang Jing. There is also the nun who has the merit of protecting the scriptures, whose merits and virtues are immeasurable. Personally, I think it is very worth seeing, so it is also listed as a must-see stop in Zhangye, not from the perspective of incense burning in temples, but from the perspective of rare relics of the Xixia Dynasty.
The Great Buddha Temple is named for a 34.5-meter Buddha's Nirvana image of Sakyamuni. Located in the southwest corner of Zhangye City, Gansu Province, it is an important group of historical sites on the Silk Road. It is also a landmark building of Jinzhangye, a famous historical and cultural city. Founded in the first year of Yongan, Xixia (1098), formerly known as the Kaye Tathagata Temple, the Ming Yongle Nine-Year (1411) Named Baojue Temple, and the Qing Kangxi Seventeen-Year (1678) Named Hongren Temple, the Great Buddha Temple, also known as Sleeping Buddha Temple, because of the huge statue of lying Buddha in the temple. The Great Buddha Temple now only has such buildings as the Great Buddha Hall, the Tibetan Sutra Pavilion and the Earth Pagoda on the central axis. The Great Buddha Hall is nine rooms (48.3 meters) wide, seven rooms (24.5 meters) deep, 20.2 meters high, two floors, and the top of the double eaves Xie Mountain. There are 31 painted clay sculptures in the hall, which are relics of Xixia Dynasty. The reclining Buddha is 34.5 meters long and is the largest indoor reclining Buddha statue in China. There are ten statues of disciples behind the Buddha, beside which there are statues of Youboyi, Youbosai and 18 Arhats. Tibetan Jingge is 21.3 meters wide and 10.5 meters deep, with a single eave and a hilltop. The earth pagoda, formerly known as the Mituo Thousand Buddha Pagoda, is a brick-and-clay Mizong covered pot Pagoda with a height of 33.37 meters. The Temple houses the largest indoor reclining Buddha in China, the Nirvana image of Buddha Sakyamuni. He sleeps peacefully on the Buddhist altar 1.2 meters high in the middle of the hall. The Buddha is 34.5 meters in length, 7.5 meters in shoulder width, 4 meters in ears and 5.2 meters in foot length. One of the middle fingers of the Buddha can lie down on his back, and eight people can sit side by side on his ears. This shows how huge the statue is. The scenic spots of Dafo Temple are Dafo Temple built in Xixia, Longevity Wooden Pagoda in Sui Dynasty, Mituo Thousand Buddha Pagoda in Ming Dynasty, Bell and Drum Tower and Shanxi Guild Hall in Qing Dynasty, which is famous in Northwest China. The temple has many ancient buildings, towering trees, green grass and beautiful environment.
When buying tickets, I felt that 40 was too expensive, but only when I entered the Great Buddha Hall did I know the value for money. The whole temple was built in the East and West dynasties, and the custom of non-Han people was brought forward. The huge reclining Buddha and murals around it were very beautiful and solemn. There were many cultural relics of Zhangye in the middle of the museum, as well as the replication of the Jinta temple caves. At last, there were handwritten Jinjing and precious Ming Dynasty scriptures in the Tibetan Sutra Building. There is also a Shanxi guild hall in the Qing Dynasty. The structure of the building is interesting. The Theatre building is facing the Guandi Temple. It is interesting. The transportation is convenient in Zhangye. It is suitable for visiting on the day of departure. It is convenient to arrive and the time of visiting is well controlled.
Strongly recommended! The Great Buddha Temple was once the State Temple of Xixia, built by the Emperor of Xixia for his mother. Adult tickets are 40 and students are half-price. The whole building is highly symmetrical along the central axis, displaying the magnificence of the Royal temple. The temple is named for its wooden tire clay statue of a large Buddha lying in bed. The size of the Buddha is huge. One middle finger can lie flat on one person. Eight people can sit side by side on the ears. This shows how large the statue is. The transmission of the Buddha lies in the fact that from different angles, the state of the Buddha's eyes is different. Standing in front of the face, the Buddha's eyes are open, the Buddha's heels are closed, and the dynamic changes of the Buddha's eyes can be seen from head to foot. The Buddha statue is hollow with five stories high inside. People can walk in. There are stairs between the stories. In the past, the Buddha statue was filled with Buddhist sutras and treasures worshipped by different dynasties. Standing beside the sleeping Buddha are the two protective methods of the heavenly eyes. They lean forward slightly, expressing their respect for the Buddha. In the exhibition hall, Buddha statues are exhibited in a scale-down process. This scenic spot strongly suggests inviting a tour guide to explain, which will greatly optimize the experience of the visit. Attention should be paid to the fact that the tour guide can't be invited after lunch break starts at 1:30 noon. Try to arrive before this time. In addition, in the evening, you can see the night scene of the Grand Buddha Temple on the square at the entrance of the Grand Buddha Temple. It is magnificent and brilliant. If you live near it, you can take a look at it.
The biggest bright spot here is that there is a sleeping Buddha inside. It's so big that you can't imagine it. Let's go and see it for yourself sometime. Really good! The sanitation inside the scenic spot is quite clean and comfortable. There is also a Shanxi Guild Hall, which is now open free for tourists to visit.
The Great Buddha Temple was built in 1098 A.D. in the Western Xia Dynasty. It has a wooden clay statue of Sakyamuni Nirvana, 36.5 meters long, with 18 Arhats on both sides. There are more than 6,000 volumes of Buddhist Sutras in the temple cabinet. The Ming Dynasty handwritten gold Sutra Da Prajna Sutra is very precious and is displayed in the exhibition hall of the temple. There are other cultural relics on display.
Specially recommended scenic spots! Zhangye must be a tourist destination. Architecture is a complete preservation of the vicissitudes of time. There are not many visitors, but they are pious, not noisy and do not touch the murals and walls at will. There will be a moment to touch the feeling of Xixia! Have seen the most ancient buildings! Special recommendation!
Dafo Temple scenic spot is located in the southwest corner of Zhangye City, Gansu Province. It is an important group of historical sites on the Silk Road. It is also a landmark building of Jinzhangye, a famous historical and cultural city. The scenic spots open to the outside world include the Great Buddha Temple built in Xixia, the Longevity Wooden Pagoda in Sui Dynasty, the Mituo Thousand Buddha Pagoda in Ming Dynasty, the Bell and Drum Tower and the Shanxi Guild Hall in Qing Dynasty, which is famous in Northwest China.