Temple of Universal Peace (Puning si)

Temple of Universal Peace (Puning si)

Temple of Universal Peace (Puning si)
4.5
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Pauli C
By Pauli C
Certain worth the stop with its unique features from the other temples we have visited.
4.0 of 5 bubblesOct 2018
As we approached entrance to the first Temple, Puning Si, the smell of incense immediate engulfed your olfactory. The wind was blowing towards the entrance. As we entered the property it was similar to other temples we had seen except this one had a fire pit burning with incense and a stand where visitors could buy incense to burn. Many of the Chinese or Buddhist visitors purchased, bowed in multiple directions and then lit the incense. The Temple was grand, but the most amazing part and the thing to now miss was the statue of the Goddess Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, carved from wood that stood over 72 feet. There is just no words to describe it and in my opinion it is a must see and worth the stop if you are in Chengde. My teen girls loved it. The day we were there, during the National Holiday week in October, there were a ton of visitors to the property, both Western and local. Throughout the property not far from the incense burning areas were these large copper drums that everyone would walk down and turn. It was clearly a ritual of some sort. Although I am not up on my Buddhist transitions. It was honestly a very cool looking thing to watch. At the top of the property were a ton of locks, yep, pad locks. Strung all over the place. You could purchase one to hang for what ever fortune you wished bestowed on you: Peace, Love, Fortune, Health, Career, Good Luck, Inner Peace, or Affection. As with most ancient properties in China, to really see everything, be prepared to walk stairs. There are many. But it is so worth the hike!

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thepipefishfans
London, UK633 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
I never tire of this type of site seeing .I may well have seen thousands of temples before but nothing detracts from the beauty I found here .With a back drop of pure blue sky this was seen at it's best .I could have happily spent a lot longer here just to soak up the atmosphere .Would recommend
Written 30 December 2018
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Pauli C
Seattle, WA277 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
As we approached entrance to the first Temple, Puning Si, the smell of incense immediate engulfed your olfactory. The wind was blowing towards the entrance. As we entered the property it was similar to other temples we had seen except this one had a fire pit burning with incense and a stand where visitors could buy incense to burn. Many of the Chinese or Buddhist visitors purchased, bowed in multiple directions and then lit the incense.

The Temple was grand, but the most amazing part and the thing to now miss was the statue of the Goddess Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, carved from wood that stood over 72 feet. There is just no words to describe it and in my opinion it is a must see and worth the stop if you are in Chengde. My teen girls loved it.

The day we were there, during the National Holiday week in October, there were a ton of visitors to the property, both Western and local. Throughout the property not far from the incense burning areas were these large copper drums that everyone would walk down and turn. It was clearly a ritual of some sort. Although I am not up on my Buddhist transitions. It was honestly a very cool looking thing to watch.

At the top of the property were a ton of locks, yep, pad locks. Strung all over the place. You could purchase one to hang for what ever fortune you wished bestowed on you: Peace, Love, Fortune, Health, Career, Good Luck, Inner Peace, or Affection.

As with most ancient properties in China, to really see everything, be prepared to walk stairs. There are many. But it is so worth the hike!
Written 9 October 2018
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Millenium2016
Switzerland208 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Nice place, but you usually visit this temple at the end of your roadtrip to Chengde so the fifth or sixth one is not the one with the highest emotions. But woth to see.
Written 1 September 2018
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codered202001
Glendora, CA90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
The temple is peaceful and serene, the big wooden Budda is a magnificent sight! To see how it was hand carved from one single tree over 300 years ago.I suggest this sight to see this magnificent structure.
Written 12 March 2018
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alanb
Lewes, UK454 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
Having seen numerous Buddhas around south east Asia this one was outstanding in its size.
The temple complex was probably one of the more interesting ones we visited during our trip through China.
Written 5 October 2017
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Swannie V
162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Tip : buy the combined ticket for 280yuans (Mountain resort, Potala and Punning Temple) if you're going to visit the main sights. You can add HammerRock the price would be 320yuans if I remember.

Really nice temple, dont miss the largest bouddha in a piece of wood (22m), very impressive.
Few monks around, and people praying.
Written 15 May 2017
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Sea Dweller
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,575 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
The Puning Temple of Chengde ("Temple of Universal Peace"), Hebei province, China is a Qing dynasty era Buddhist temple complex built in 1755, during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor. The temple was modeled after the Samye Monastery, the sacred Lamaist site in Tibet.
The Puning Temple also houses the world's tallest wooden sculpture of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. It’s 22.28 meter high and weight 110 ton. This is the reason that this temple often nicknamed the "Big Buddha Temple"
Be sure to look this statue!
Written 16 November 2016
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Kathy and Amir K
Fareham100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016
An interesting pagoda shaped temple set in lovely grounds. It has a lot of history as it monks studied the scriptures here.
Written 28 September 2016
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Joann y L
New York City, New York69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Friends
Get ready to climb up the temple. It is high above the mountain. Even with the guide, they want your money...
Written 13 September 2016
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ThirdGrace
NYC245 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
This was one of the two highlights for me in our 10 day trip to China - the other one being the Terra Cotta Warriors. While this is not as dramatic, it stood out among the attractions given the charm and uniqueness of a Tibetan temple in China. It is also an active temple, so it was wonderful to observe the monks at their morning lesson, with their slippers and boots neatly lined up behind them, their little books in front of them. Also interesting to watch the pilgrims and worshippers coming to kowtow before the Buddha and then slip their money offerings into the coffers. The place for comtemplation behind the temple with its giant mushroom constructions (looked like Alice in Wonderland) was great to see too. While many attractions in China are glorious to see, they have many things in common. This place was a standout for me and I highly recommend you see it.
Written 11 July 2016
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