Posts Tagged ‘White Horse Temple’

Journeys in Time six-part Series: Songshan

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Songshan is considered to be the central sacred mountain of China. At the foot of this 1500 metre high mountain, close to the city of Dengfeng in Henan province and spread over a 40 square-kilometre circle, stand eight clusters of buildings and sites. These buildings are reflections of different ways of perceiving the centre of heaven and earth and the power of the mountain as a centre for religious devotion. Find out more about this amazing World Heritage listed location by watching the online videos of the CNTV Journeys in Time six-part Series: Mount Songshan.

I enjoyed a visit to the Songshan Shaolin Temple and its ancient pagoda forest as part of my travels through Anhui, Henan and Zhejiang provinces in 2009 (see story and pictures).

White Horse Temple expands into cultural park

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

In 2008 I had the pleasure of visiting the White Horse Temple in Luoyang in central China’s Henan Province (see story and pictures). With over 1900 years of history, White Horse Temple is described as the cradle of Buddhism in China.

Over the next eight years, the temple will be expanded into an 87 hectare cultural park, the largest in China, with an International Temples Zone showcasing 10 exotic shrines from foreign countries. One can already be visited – an Indian shrine opened in May 2010. Two more will open shortly – a Thai shrine built in the 1990s is being expanded and will open in April, and a Myanmar Buddhist garden will be created in April.

Find out more in the China Daily article ‘Cradle of Chinese Buddhism’ embraces world.

Luoyang Peony Festival

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

The 28th Luoyang Peony Festival is set to be held in Luoyang City in central China’s Henan Province from 1 April to 5 May 2010. The peony is a traditional flora symbol of China, with very beautiful color and fragrance, and during the festival Luoyang will be turned into a sea of flowers. Read more in the Confucius Institute Online article Luoyang Peony Festival Opens Next Month.

While in Luoyang make sure to visit the extraordinary World Heritage listed Longmen Grottoes, and the White Horse Temple which is described as the cradle of Buddhism in China. I had the pleasure of visiting both on my trip to Henan Province in 2008. These are among the many cultural and natural attractions of China’s Henan Province – to find out more visit the Henan Province Tourism Administration’s “Amazing Henan” website.