This gate is located in the south of the town and is also known as Nanchengmen. The original wall dates back to the Northern Zhou Dynasty (557-581 A.D.) and was made up of an outer wall and an inner wall with a total length of 24km. It's possible to visit the gate where there is a small exhibition on the town and photos of the wall and gate before...more
The Linji Temple was built during the times of the Eastern Wei Dynasty in the year 540 A.D. During the Tang Dynasty, it became the site where monk Linji Yixuan founded the Linji School, one of the five schools of Chinese Chan Buddhism. The temple is home to the Chengling Pagoda which was built between 1161 and 1189.Open: 7.30am-5pm. Admission: RMB8...more
The Hua Pagoda, built around 1200, meaning Flower Pagoda, is part of Guanghui Monastery, in the south of Zhengding, is a four-storey brick building with an unconventional shape and a total height of approximately 40 meters. While the lower three storeys have an octagonal floor plan, the fourth storey has a circular layout over which the walls taper...more
The Chengling Pagoda is built from gray bricks, so it is also known as the Grey Pagoda. It is located in the south of Zhengding and was formerly part of the Linji Temple. The Linji Temple was built during the times of the Eastern Wei Dynasty in the year 540 A.D. During the Tang Dynasty, it became the site where the monk Linji Yixuan founded the...more
The Xumi Pagoda, named for the mythical Mount Sumeru, also known as Summer Pagoda, is part of Kaiyuan Monastery which is located on the road that leads south to the South Gate known as Changle Gate. It was built from stone and bricks and, at 48 meters, is the tallest pagoda in Zhengding. The pagoda has a geometric design with a square floor plan...more
All that remains of this temple, originally built in 540 AD is the late Tang dynasty Bell Tower, which can be climbed for a good view of the bell, and the Tianwang Hall at the temple entrance. Other temple buildings lay in ruins including a huge bixi - a primitive kind of dragon, but the main draw-card is the 48-metre high square Xumi Pagoda which...more
The Lingxiao Pagoda, also known as the Wooden Pagoda, is a wood-and-brick construction, which was formerly part of the Tianning Monastery, located to the west of Longxing Monastery. It was recorded as being first built in 860 A.D. during the Tang Dynasty, and has undergone many repairs and renovations since. The architectural style of the...more
The history of this hall dates back to the Emperor Wanli period of the Ming dynasty (1573-1620). It was originally constructed as the main building of Chongyin Temple in Zhengding but was moved here in 1959. Inside the hall is a bronze statue of Vairocana Buddha which has four faces. The statue was cast on the orders of Emperor Wanli and Empress...more
The monastery houses a unique piece of wooden architecture from the Song Dynasty in the Pavilion of the Rotating Library, which was restored in the 20th century. The pavilion houses a rotating bookshelf which used to store holy texts and Buddhist sutras. This rotating book case repository dates back to the 12th century and is the oldest existent...more
The Buddhist Altar was built during the Qianlong Emperor's reign (1736-1795) as a place where monks gave lectures and attended Buddhist ceremonies. In the middle sits a double-faced bronze statue of Buddha - Amitabha is facing the south, and Yaoshi Buddha is facing north. It was cast in 1493.more
This hall was built in 1052 and later restored during the Ming and Qing dynasties. On the platform in the middle sit five clay statues of Buddha. The colourful statue of the Goddess of Mercy (Guanyin) was rebuilt in 1563. The hall also features some superb but faded wall frescoes.more
This temple is also known as Longxing Monastery or Dafo Temple and is the main sight in Zhengding. The monastery was first built in 586 AD, during the Sui Dynasty when it was called Longcang Monastery. One of the oldest stelae on the grounds of the monastery, the "Longcangsi Stele", dates from the year of the monastery's foundation. Much of it was...more
To get to Zhengding, first take a bus (No. 201) from opposite the train station in Shijiazhuang to a small bus station on the main road in Zhengding (RMB2). Then take a small yellow bus (No.1 - see photo) from the bus station to the Longxing/Dafo Temple which costs RMB1.
Favorite thing: In order to visit the sights in Zhengding, there is a through ticket you have to buy which includes all the sights except the Linji Temple. The ticket costs RMB60 and includes a little map of the sights on the back, although everything is in Chinese. I bought my ticket at the Longxing Temple when I arrived there after taking the yellow bus No.1 from the small bus station along the main road in Zhengding but I suppose you can buy the ticket at any of the attractions.