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szdaily -> Travel -> 
Longshan Temple, Jinjiang, Fuzhou
    2014-01-06  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    James Baquet

    jamesbaquet@gmail.com

    ON the way back from central Quanzhou to Xiamen, I left the train at the county town of Jinjiang. It was about 14 kilometers from the then-new train station on the high-speed line into the center of town. I didn’t need to go that far, though; Longshan Temple, my destination, was less than 10 km away.

    The first thing one notices at Longshan (Dragon Mountain) Temple is that it doesn’t look like a Buddhist temple at all. The building style is clearly that of a Taoist or “folk” temple, and — like many small temples in China — it’s slowly being converted to a more standardized Buddhist plan.

    Entering a gateway reminiscent of those in a foreign “Chinatown,” one sees green-roofed buildings heavily decorated with glazed figures of dragons and other creatures. The main hall has the open central courtyard typical of folk temples, though the flanking drum and bell towers seem to follow a more Buddhist design.

    Most of the statues in the temple are situated in red cabinets. In one of the side halls dedicated to Kshitigarbha Bodhisattva, who vowed to save all beings from hell, there are what appear to be pencil drawings of the 10 Judges of Hell.

    Another side hall has charming cartoon-like illustrations meant to instruct children in proper behavior.

    The temple is located on the coast facing Taiwan; many overseas migrants have left from this area. Thus little Longshan Temple through the centuries has been the sponsoring temple for many others of the same name throughout the world, including no fewer than five in Taiwan.

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