|South Putuo Temple, Fujian (China.org.cn)|
According to tradition, burning incense and offering prayers in a temple during the Spring Festival will bring you good luck for the whole year. So, whether you believe this or not, why not take a culturally exhilarating temple tour with your family over the holidays? Who knows, it may just make your Year of the Horse roar! So, come with us as we guide you around China's top 10 temples.
Top 10: South Putuo Temple, Fujian (厦门南普陀寺)
South Putuo Temple is adjacent to Xiamen University in the southeast of the city. Originally built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the temple was destroyed many times over the course of following dynasties. In the 23rd year of the Kangxi reign of the Qing Dynasty (1616-1912), it was once again rebuilt and given its present name. A statue of the Bodhisattva Guanyin, or Avalokitesvara, is enshrined in the temple, which receives an endless stream of worshippers and pilgrims throughout the year.
Opening hours: 8:00 --20:00
Getting there: Take bus No.1, 17, 18, 21, 29, 45, 47, 87 or 96.