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Chengdu - Wenshu Monastery

Sichuan - Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou - Leshan

This Buddhist monastery in central Chengdu is dedicated to the God of Wisdom; Wenshu and was founded during the Tang dynasty. Most of the buildings date back to the 17th century and today Wenshu Monastery is the largest temple in Chengdu with almost 200 buildings within the complex.

Wenshu MonasteryThe temples feature works of art, carvings and over 400 Buddhist statues. More eccentric exhibits include a Bodhivista embroidered from human hair, books written by 19th century monks using their own blood and the skull of Xuan Zang; a famous Tang dynasty Buddhist master. In addition to its cultural relics, Wenshu Monastery is famous for its exquisite garden and solemn halls. Tourists and locals can enjoy tea in the Tea House while listening to music by folk artists.

Wenshu Monastery is popular and busy and visitors enjoy the lively atmosphere around the monastery where worshippers buy incense, paper money and items to burn as offerings. Fortune tellers and firework stalls all add to the lively atmosphere at this well preserved temple.