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Hongfa Temple

This article was originally published on December 3, 2010, in the Shenzhen Daily.
The information was accurate at that time, and may be outdated now. Use with caution.

A view of Fairy Lake over the temple's rooftops
Months ago I promised a tour of Hongfa Temple, Shenzhen’s largest Buddhist temple. Today's the day.

It is located in Fairy Lake Botanical Garden (admission 20rmb); take bus 218 or 382 to the gate, then a 2rmb shuttle base to the base of the temple steps.

Steps to the Mountain Gate
This model temple has all the typical elements of Buddhist temples in China. Past a screen wall is the Mountain Gate, with colossal figures of Generals Heng and Ha snorting and blowing their enemies away.

Flower offerings in front of the Heavenly Kings' Hall
Next is the Heavenly Kings Hall, where the Laughing Buddha greets you; behind him Weituo warns you not to steal the temple's goods. Around them both are the Four Heavenly Kings themselves.

On the left side of this courtyard is a hall with Jialan (another temple protector) and on the right is the monk Huineng, one of Guangdong's "Cultural Gems."

The Main (Buddha) Hall
Up more stairs is a gallery, and further up is the Buddha Hall, where the historic Shakyamuni Buddha is flanked by Puxian (Samantabhadra) Bodhisattva on the left, and Wenshu (Manjusri) Bodhisattva on the right. Behind them is a statue of Guanyin with a thousand arms, surround by numerous figures in what is called a "Guanyin Island."

Detail of the Thousand-Armed Guanyin behind the Main Hall
Ranged around this courtyard are four halls (clockwise from fornt left): Dizang (Kshitigarbha) Bodhisattva, Amitofo (Amitabha) Buddha, Yaoshifo (Medicine) Buddha, and Guanyin (Avalokiteshvara) Bodhisattva.

A dharma ceremony at the temple
A monastic plays the "wooden fish" (a kind of drum) during the ceremony
Out to the right and down the stairs, find a dining hall and a hall with a statue of the Sleeping Buddha.

Take the shuttle or walk back down to the front gate.

Hongfa Temple is located inside Fairy Lake Park.

GPS Info:
  • 22.57885, 114.18221

Map: (I've set this on "Satellite View" to make it a little more interesting.)

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