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Great Transformation Temple

The only one to survive on the eastern shores of the Back Lake, this temple; Guanghua Si, is named for a wandering monk who ate only half the rice he received from the people and used the other portion to help pay for (or be "transformed" into) this temple.

The temple is best visited on the 1st and 15th days of the month, when believers praying for the success of their latest business venture overrun it. In residence are at least 20 monks, many from southern China. China's last known eunuch, Sun Yaoting, was caretaker of the temple for 2 decades, and died here in 1996.