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Address: Along Caoxi River, 7km east to Maba Town, Qujiang District, Shaoguan 512110, China
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A must visit of the Sacred Zen Buddhist Temple

The 6th lineage holder of zen tradition. Over thousand years well preserved temple with fantastic green surrounds. If you like open space mediation, go to the top at the late Zen... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2017
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

The 6th lineage holder of zen tradition. Over thousand years well preserved temple with fantastic green surrounds. If you like open space mediation, go to the top at the late Zen master master Xi Yun's stupa monument place, amazing open space with total green to experience the meditation of openness. Note the open hours is from 8am to 5pm, entrance... More 

Thank lsg181
Shaoguan, China
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

The grounds of the Nanhua Buddist temple are very calming and kept clean and neat. A little more English on descriptions of sites would be helpful for English speaking tourists as myself.

Thank villiersnicolette
Guangzhou, China
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57 reviews
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Reviewed 6 October 2016

Read the reviews here and Wikipedia to get an understanding of the importance of this temple to Zen Buddhists and what there is to see. During the Narion Day holiday we hired a car for the day to take us the 2 hour drive from GuangZhou. There's plenty of free parking and the entrance fee is 15Yuan which includes a... More 

Thank Douglas M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Last resting place og two of the greatest Zen Masters in history. Master Xu Yun who died last century and Master Hui Neng, without whom there would be no Zen Buddhism. Master Hui Neng's autobiography, over 1,000 years old, explains how he build the monastery. I was there a very long time ago and it was a difficult journey. I... More 

Thank 1StepBeginning
Singapore, Singapore
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 4 May 2016

I came on a weekday on May 3, just after the Labour Day weekend. There were some people about but no crowds. Took a cab from Shaoguan HSR station. I succumbed to one of the touts who quoted RMB60 one way, and called his friend over who drove a new black sedan (pirate taxi!). Of course, the driver (nice, friendly... More 

1 Thank Mahatir M
Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed 31 March 2016

It is easy to visit Nanhua buddhist temple from Shaoguan. Taxi takes about 20-30 minutes. The temple is worth visiting.

Thank AnnaRHelsinki
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 19 February 2016

Home of the legendary 6th Zen Patriarch Hui Neng of China. He is definately at the top with the likes of Confucius, Mencius, Lao Zi, Bodhidharma and many more.

1 Thank Mad0Mac
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 16 February 2016

The 6th Patriarch of China Zen, Hui Neng, resides in this temple, a very interesting experience if you love and practice zen. Be around here at 11am, when the monks have their daily lunch. Grab a copy of the scripture narrated by the Patriarch, the title of the book Platform Sutra. he was an illiterate wood cutter who would go... More 

1 Thank Mad1154Mac
Shenzhen, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2016 via mobile

One of the 4 main temples in china this has unparalleled beauty and history. Parts of this building are over 1500 years old and the newer parts keep the authentic feel. We went during a festival and it was buzzing with activity. 20rmb entry fee which is very cheap. There are many idols and shrines and the mummified corpse of... More 

1 Thank Joe_Macpherson04
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 6 September 2015

I had my doubts when I first learned that we were going to the Nanhua Buddhist temple as part of a team building weekend. It was most definitely worth a visit - I only wish we had more time to explore (2 hours was not enough). The grounds are spectacular and so serene. If you are visiting Shaoguan or Danxia,... More 

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