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Last updated: Dec 9, 2015

Nanputuo Temple and Botanical Garden

The cost of the trip will be approximate ¥100 ($15) for a group of 50 people, including guided tours and entry to attractions. Attention please, if the group is less than 50 people, the cost will be higher depending on the size of the group.

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The Nanputuo Temple

The Nanputuo TempleThe Nanputuo Temple is right outside Xiamen University's Danan Gate, sprawls across the Five Old Man Peaks like a Chinese miniature landscape on steroids, but it started out in 686 as the humble cave dwelling of one monk.

Xiamen folk were in the throes of an unknown epidemic when Qin Hao arrived on the scene. He settled down in a cave on a hillside blessed with medicinal herbs. After his herbal brews saved the lives of many of the locals, they begged him not to leave, so he stayed on and taught Buddhism.

That original cave is still there, but decorated beyond recognition, and augmented by over 20 buildings, including the four axial halls: Heavenly Emperor Hall (Tianwangdian), Heroic Treasure Hall (Daxiongbaodian), Great Benevolence Hall (Dabeidian), and Buddhist Scripture Repository (Cangjingge). Their scripture collection may be Nanputuo's biggest claim to fame, with over 50,000 Buddhist scriptures - a copy of virtually every Chinese Buddhist scripture. They also have the oldest Chinese Buddhist manuscript (translated about 2000 years ago).The Nanputuo Temple

Nanputuo is home to about 120 monks and a few hundred statues, including the Revered Three-Life-Cycle Budda, the Four Heavenly Kings, the Eighteen Arhats, and Bodhisattva, aka the Thousand Handed Guanyin (Qianshou Guangyin), Guanyin started out as a man and ended up female.

Xiamen Botanical Garden

Xiamen Botanical GardenXiamen Botanical Garden is set amidst Wanshi Mountain in the southeastern part of Xiamen Island, also known as Wanshi Botanical Garden. It's an integral part of the Gulangyu Islet Wanshi Mountain National Key Scenic Spot, covering an area of 4.93 square kilometers. The garden is set on rolling hills and dotted with grotesque rocks, forming a dramatic rocky landscape. The granite boulders throughout the garden are graced with calligraphic inscriptions of ancient men of letters. Major tourist attractions in the garden include "Laughing Rocks of Eternal Peace", "Dawn Bell Ringing from Heaven's Border", "A Thousand Scepters Facing Skywards", "Jade Scepter on Central Boulder", "Road on Purpled Cloud", and "Melodious Instrument Cave", all of which are on the list of Xiamen's top sights. There are also various provincial- and municipal-level cultural heritage sites in the garden, including the site of execution of Zheng Lian by Zheng Chenggong (Koxinga), the site where Zheng Chenggong used to read classics, the terrace built in memory of killed soldiers from Penghu. The garden is also home to several of Southern Fujian's most renowned temples, including the Heaven's Border Temple, the Wanshi Lotus Temple, and the Eternal Peace Rock Temple.

Xiamen Botanical GardenThe garden, first built in 1960, contains more than 6,300 kinds of tropical and subtropical ornamental plants and comprises 10-plus unique smaller dedicated gardens, such as the psammophytes area, the "Palm Island", the "Rainforest World", and the araucaria lawn. In 1984, Deng Xiaoping, the chief architect of China's reform and opening-up drive, personally planted a Nepal camphor on the araucaria lawn.

The garden receives more than 1 million visitors annually. It's a leading tourist spot in Southern Fujian and one of the most distinctive gardens in Southern China, featuring enchanting natural landscape, rice cultural heritage, and fantastic plant formations. It's among China's first group of AAAA scenic spots and a national-class base for popular science education.

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