The Temple of the Six Banyan Trees

The last of our cultural visits in Guangzhou, adoptive families flock to the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees in Guangzhou. The original Buddhist temple at the site dates back to 537 and has been rebuilt several times. The Flowery Pagoda was first built in 1097 and the current version dates to a refurbishing completed in 1900.

We climbed the pagoda. In the pictures, you can see that the guard rails are barely high enough for the girls (and these pictures are from seven years ago). Not being particularly fond of heights, we (I) decided not to go all the way to the top – we stopped three levels from it. By the way, when you look at the pagoda, the landings on the inside stairs do not exactly match the openings. Adjusting to that discrepancy made me dizzy and then I looked over those short rails – whoa!

The temple had a constant stream of people in and out, praying and leaving gifts. At one point, there was a long chanting ritual in the temple that lasted about 15 minutes. The monks led this to the beat of a large kettle drum and the crowd followed along. The smell of incense permeated the area throughout our visit.

All in all, our visit here made for a very pleasant morning. (Click any picture to open the gallery!)

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