Giant Buddha Temple Tours – Zhangye, Gansu Province, China

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Giant Buddha Temple
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soutwest of Zhangye downtown, China, Gansu Province, Zhangye
Hours : 8:30a.m.--5:30p.m.

About this place

The Giant Sleeping Buddha Temple is located southwest of Zhangye downtown. It covers an area of about 23,000 square meters, sitting in the east and facing to the west. Until now the existing building in the temple are mainly the giant Buddha temple ,sutra pavilion, clay pagoda,which are all on the axis of the temple.

When you get there,you will see the largest  indoor reclining Buddha sculpture in China.The reclining Buddha was made in West Xia Dynasty about 11 century AD,which is 34.5 meters long.The Buddha's shoulder is 7.5 meters wide. Its ear is 4 meters long,and its feet are 5.2 meters.Behind the reclining Buddha palace there are  hidden Buddhism sutra pavilion and a clay pagoda.

It is an important scenic spot and historic site on the silk road and a landmark building of the famous historical and cultural Zhangye city as well .In 1996, it was listed as one of  national key cultural relics protection units in the fourth batch.

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