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Chengdu - Monastery of Divine Light

Sichuan - Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou - Leshan

The Monastery of Divine Light (Baoguangsi) is located about 18 kilometer north of central Chengdu in the town of Xindu. Parts of this busy and popular temple date back to the first century. The 1,000 year old, 30 m tall Sheli Pagoda dominates the temple complex. It is claimed that relics of the Buddha are stored in the monastery. There are also a further 5 halls and 16 courtyards to explore at this monastery.

One of the halls, Luohan Hall was built in the 19th century and contains 500 life size clay figures representing disciples of Buddha displaying a startling array of expressions from the saintly to the decidedly unsavory. The central statue in Luohan Hall depicts the goddess of mercy, Guanyin.