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“Old temple”
Review of Tiantong Temple

Tiantong Temple
Ranked #4 of 131 things to do in Ningbo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 June 2013

Temple is 1500 years old. I used to visit it as a child. The pine trees long the entrance road are gone now, which greatly disappointed me. The temple is in a small valley. The hike in the nearby forest park is quite nice. The huge newly built parking lot/entrance is an eye-sore, not to mention that it completely destroyed my childhood impression.

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Reviewed 11 June 2013

This temple and its surroundings are sublime. It is situated in the hills, far from downtown madness. The air is fresh, it isn't too busy and there are plenty of quiet places for contemplation or a picnic. I would like to add a caveat - there is quite a bit of construction work near the entrance which might suggest a move towards turning this holy mountain into a religious theme park. I certainly hope not. There is a lovely half-abandoned Chinese garden at the foot of the mountain which few seem to visit. Surprisingly, there are also few people who climb the hill to the reconstructed pagoda. It affords lovely views and the original pagoda was built in honour of Japanese pilgrims. You can buy fresh honey from the beekeepers who keep their hives on the temple grounds and there are plenty of small snack stalls. At the time of writing, there seemed to be no operational on-site restaurant. Catch bus 162 from the public bus stop opposite Ningbo East Bus Station. The temple is the final stop on the route. We were lucky enough to climb the (gentle) hill to the temple with some lovely monks who travelled on the bus. Take a picnic and allow at least three hours to really enjoy the temple and its surrounds.

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Reviewed 23 March 2013

I used to visit Tiantong temple when I lived here back in 2000-01. I have lived in NIngbo again now for 3 years, and try to get out to the temple every few months. It's a tranquil, beautiful place to wander through and to sit and contemplate. It has been given a makeover the past year, but it still holds it's old feel. Be wary of the ladies who want to teach you how to light your incense and follow you through the temple rubbing various pieces of wood for good luck. They expect money at the end. If you want to do it once though, it can be an interesting experience. This is a place not to be missed if you are in Ningbo.

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Reviewed 18 March 2013

The temple itself has been recently renovated and looks brand new. It was also free of charge when I visited there. It was not unique in any way, but still nice looking.
The best thing here is the setting - the temple sits on a mountain slope with beautiful scenery of green mountains and bamboo groves. You can also go hiking in the mountains if you wish.
It's fairly easy to get to if you're driving and should be nice for one or half a day trip. If not, it's a bit of a hassle and I'm not sure it's worth the effort.

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Reviewed 16 March 2013

Place of worship for Buddhist practioners around the world. Ningbo is just 2 hours car ride from Shanghai.

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