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Hanshan Temple

Introducing Suzhou Hanshan Temple, Suzhou Hanshan Temple Guide, Suzhou Hanshan Temple Travel Guide
Article from Asian Historical Architecture

Suzhou Hanshan Temple is just to the south of Maple bridge over the old Grand Canal. Its name means Cold Mountain Temple, after the abbot Hanshan "Cold Mountain" who managed the temple in the Tang Dynasty. Suzhou Hanshan Temple was originally founded during the rule of Emperor Tianjian of the Liang dynasty (502-557) but none of the buildings survive from that era. The sights here include a hall of 500 arhats, the main Hall of Great Treasure, and a five-story pagoda that is of more recent construction than the rest of the temple.

Suzhou Hanshan Temple is often mentioned in ancient literature, as in the poem "Mooring to the Maple Bridge at Night" written by Zhang Ji of the Tang Dynasty. Nowadays Suzhou Hanshan Temple has become famous for the annual "tolling of the bells" on New Year's Eve that attracts thousands of worshipers. 108 bells are rung to pray for luck and happiness in the coming year.

Quick Facts on Suzhou Hanshan Temple

• Name: Suzhou Hanshan Temple
• Location: 5 km west of Suzhou
• Phone: +86-512-67236213
• Date: Liang dynasty (502-557)
• Best Time to Visit: All year
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 1 Hour
• Opening Hours: 7:30-17:00
• Admission Fee: CNY 20

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