Its fame partly derives from the status in Buddhism, and partly from the unique “Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill”, one of “Top Ten Views of West Lake”.
Brief of Jingci Temple
Nestling in the hill of Nanshan Road, Jingci Temple, or “Monastery of Pure Benevolence”, was one of the Top Five Monasteries of South China. Its fame partly derives from the status in Buddhism, and partly from the haunting bell stoke prior to New Year’s Eve: “Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill”, which has been enlisted into “Top Ten Views of West Lake”.
Jingci Temple is home to the first Arhat hall in China. It is also considered as the ancestral temple of Soto Zen sect in Japan. Hence, every year, pilgrims from home and Japan will throng into this serene haven, praying for health, wealth and good luck.
Its expansive complexes once occupied the major part of Nanping Hill. However, only its main temple and halls have survived the test of time, and are open to the public. Though a little bit touristy especially during weekends and religious festivals, you can still find some peace here.