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“Essence Lost”

Taizhou Guoqing Temple
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

More than 2500 years ago, the Buddha declared "Impermanence Rules!".

During Sui Dynasty (more than 1600 years ago), one of the most prominent Chinese Buddhist sect, named Tiantai Zhon, was born here at Quoqing Temple.

Yesterday, I toured the temple for the first time. As a tourist, I would rank this place very unattractive and walk away without ever turning my head. As a Buddhist, I was saddened to witness "Impermanence Rules!". I saw signs of material deteriorations and I saw negligence of upkeep of all things sacred. Nowhere I am to find or feel that tranquility and solemness associated with the Buddhism faith. As a Buddhist, during the visit, I turned off my senses of eyes, ears, nose and focused only on my inner mindfulness. Impermanence rules, the essence of Buddhism was tragically lost here at Guoqing Temple.

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Reviewed 1 January 2016

This entire area is great! I also lived here for 3 years. No other lao wai's in this very small town. Anyday is wonderful rain or shine. When its hot, many natural springs and waterfalls to play in. Its heaven on earth. If you come here stay at the victory hotel, its very western, and go to the guzhou KTV. Ask for Han ZI.

Just park anywhere in town and take bus#5. Very small town easy to get around. You cannot get lost.

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Reviewed 18 November 2014

This is a very old temple that is really worth to visit. I was there quite early in the morning and I was almost the only tourist there, so the feeling of authenticity was absolute, since it is still used as a monastery. I don't know if it will be crowded later in the day.

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