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Kaiyuan Temple is the oldest and largest Buddhist building in Fujian Province. The temple was founded in 7th century during Tang Dynasty and reached its peak during Song Dynasty when 1000 monks lived there. 
The temple is highly regarded for its architecture: Its main hall"Precious Hall of the Great Hero" (Daxiong Baodian) or Mahavira Hall is also known as 
The Great Hall of Purple Clouds". It is 20 odd meters high and is famous for its (almost) one hundred stone columns, each carved in a different style. On the crossbeams are carved 24 flying singers and dancers or "apsaras" resembling angels in Catholic churches. 
There is an octonal five-storey stone pagodas on either side of the temple. The eastern one is called "Nation Protecting Pagoda" (Zhengguo ta), and the western, "Merits and Longevity pagoda" (Renshou ta). The twin pagodas were built in the 13th century and they are famous for their vivid sculptural details, exquisitely carved decorations, and inside, one of them has forty ancient Buddhist stories inscribed on its walls. Climbing up along the wood stairs to the top of either pagoda offers you the best bird's-eye-viewing point of Quanzhou city. 


We recommend in Quanzhou and Surrounds
◎ Visit Kaiyuan Temple, one of China’s largest and most important Buddhist temple, and the nearby East & West Pagoda, said to be the best preserved stone pagodas in China..
◎Visit Ashab Mosque, the oldest Mosque in China and rated as one of the top ten Muslim holy sites of the world, and the nearby Guandi Temple.

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There are frequent long-distance buses going from xiamen and Fuzhou to Quanzhou. It is an 80-minutes trip from Xiamen and 2 hours from Fuzhou.

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