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“A peaceful and historic temple close to the heart of Hanzhou”

Baopu Taoist Temple
Hangzhou, China
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“A peaceful and historic temple close to the heart of Hanzhou”
Reviewed 23 December 2013

This temple makes a nice change from the agressive tourism I have found at most of the local Buddhist temples. Its also very historic and has links to some important Daoist texts as well as people. The hill itself is called Ge Hill after the noted alchemist Ge Hong who lived at the site of the temple well before it was founded. He was famous for his work trying to produce a elixir of eternal life. Needless to say he didn't succeed. He did however write the Baopuzi which catalogues many of the receipes he collected. The word Baopuzi supposedly means something akin to peaceful person or patient person and the temple certainly has that feel to it. Very ofetn is quite, just the temple gaurdians and monks/monkettes. If you go around the back there is usually a congregation of old men with their song birds playing cards which is often noisier. There are at least four sections of the temple to explore though you really would benefit from a guide since it is difficlt to decipher the iconography in each section. There is not even anything written in English and its a shame since there are clearly many stories to be told here. I would say this is one of the highlights of Hangzhou and I have been there many times. I hope I will get to go there again before I leave.

Visited December 2013
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“Well worth the effort to see”
Reviewed 18 April 2013 via mobile

We walked to the Temple via the park entry across the road from the Tea Boutique Hotel, along Shuguang Road and about 100 metres east of Huanglong Road . First stop up a steep hill was the Zingujin (Yellow Dragon?)  Cave, which has an amazing cool breeze flowing from it.  After several hundred more steps through a lovely forest with the occoasional scenic glimpses through the trees we arriver at Baopu Taoist Temple.  Entry was 5 RMB per person.  The temple is located on the steep side of the mountain and has several temples that are very interesting with intricate paintings and carvings as well as ornate Buddha statues.  For 10 RMB you can buy a medium sized candle in one of temples and burn it outside. In the upper levels we came across a talking bird that greeted us with a friendly Ni Hao.  It's Chinese vocabulary was better than ours.  Its friendly handler also greeted us and bade us farewell after we inspected the area.  There was also a dining area where several locals were having an early morning lunch. The Temple has several terraces that offer spectacular views across the lake. From the Temple we continued to walk to the east and eventually ended up on the lower part of Boachu Road from which we walked back across West Lake via the Bai Di causeway.

Visited April 2013
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