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“A culturally-rich attraction”

Jinshan Temple of Zhenjiang
Reviewed 16 July 2015

Having grown up listening to the "Legend of the White Snake", it was a real treat to finally visit Jinshan Temple. The entire grounds can easily take about 3 hours to cover, so set aside a whole morning or afternoon for this attraction.
Prior to entering the temple, we passed some vendors selling incense to be burnt as offerings, and for the fun of it, I decided to buy some. I was instructed of the proper procedure - i.e. only using the left hand to hold the incense while lighting it, then offering it in the four compass directions, and placing it by the candles once I was done.
One of the most famous Buddhist temples in China, it's been visited by many emperors. At the entrance for instance, one finds Emperor Kangxi's calligraphy. Once in, the temple, built over 1600 years ago, is an architectural marvel, but the sculptures on the interior were even more impressive. There were the 4 Great Sky Kings, the 18 Arhats, the Buddha of Good Fortune, the Goddess of Mercy, and dozens, if not hundreds, of miniature fairies. The vivid colours of these sculptures just make them even more impressive.
The temple aside, the grounds had other attractions too. We climbed to the top of the hill where the Cishou Pagoda was situated, and got a view over the local surroundings. Making the hike back down, we saw people trying to throw coins into the mouths of gargoyles - apparently if you get it in, it brings good luck. We also took a boat ride on the lake and headed towards the Zhongleng Spring, while the boatman sang us songs in Chinese.
Later, I was instructed in some fascinating Buddhist philosophy over a vegetarian lunch in a restaurant within the compound.
Overall, it was a very enriching visit, and definitely worth making a stop here.

Thank FordPrefectII
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Reviewed 12 May 2015

If you seeking for a peaceful and original old temple, this is the perfect for you. There are too many historical site got 'modernized' which are not necessary good. Behind this wonderful temple area , there was one of the most romantic love story in Chinese story. Jingshan temple is one of the oldest temple built about seven hundred years ago. The other Jiaoshan temple was rebuilt about 40 years ago. Both temples are about five miles apart. You could visit both areas within one day. There are three famous hill near by. Its a beautiful area to visit where you can let your imagination goes
and got a picture on how was like in the old days.

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Reviewed 4 May 2015

Although Zhenjiang is a small city in Jiangsu, it could still keep the peaceful and quiet atmosphere at the time when I traveled. Jinshan Temple is one of the scenes in Jinshan Park which is large enough to spend 2 hours over there.

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Reviewed 27 April 2015

The park aroung the temple, might be a nicer place, but at the day of my visit is was very cold and windy.
It gives a good impresion about the chinese culture.

Thank OJK2507
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Reviewed 13 September 2014

Zhenjiang definitely deserves more travellers than it receives. In Jiangsu province travellers rarely seem to add more than Nanjing and Suzhou, ignoring alternative destinations like Yangzhou, Wuxi and Zhenjiang. For the traveller with more time, the best of these lesser-known sites compare favourably with the attractions of Suzhou and Nanjing and are worth considering.

Zhenjiang's best two sights are a pair of temples set on hills, Jiaoshan and Jinshan. At a pinch, I would say that we preferred Jiaoshan with its tranquil island setting, but Jinshan is also quite wonderful and worth a leisurely visit. The main sight is a Ming Dynasty temple with impressive coloured tiles on the roof and some monstrous statues in its main hall. It is also worth clambering up the hill to see the grotto and pagoda on the peak of the hill, though the pagoda is currently off limits due to a restoration project,

Thank Raymond W
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