Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate – the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees in Guangzhou

For my last entry to this week’s challenge we return to China to visit the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. This is another popular site to visit in Guangzhou. Use of these grounds here began 1400 years ago.

The Flowery Pagoda’s last rebuild occurred in 1373 and its last restoration was in 1900. We climbed this pagoda, but the height and the swaying of the pagoda of this age prevented me from making it to the top! (The picture looking down onto the courtyard came during that climb.)

The main structure of the temple building dates to 1097 and is still active Buddhist temple. We saw a ceremony here in the temple that lasted about 25 minutes. The ornate decoration of all the structures is just what one would expect at a site like this – yet they are still spectacular to view!

The Flowery Pagoda

(Click on any picture for a closer view of the ornate details!)

See more of the Daily Post’s ‘ornate’ challenge at the Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate!


    1. The pagoda was literally swaying while we were climbing. One of the more peculiar things about the pagoda – the landings in the stairwell did not exactly match the openings to the outside ledge. Sometimes you had to either step up or down to the ledge. It was a fun experience – however I am very, very glad that it is behind me.


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