Xinglong Cultural Park

(Cont’ from Jining page)

Located in Yanzhou City, which is 20 minutes by car from Qufu’s bullet train station, stands this grand Buddhist-themed, contemporary architectural marvel will render you speechless. The ripple-less pond in front of the building symbolizes the peace of mind in meditation; the grand four Buddhas facing each direction in the 118 m tall temple conveys the supremacy of Buddhist power. Content displayed explains the belief of all branches of Buddhism; the artwork of paintings, sculptures, and embroideries inside are works of nationally acclaimed artists. The highlight of the park is the 54 pieces of sarira found near the original Xinglong Temple built in Song Dynasty (960AD-1279AD). Those sariras are believed to come from ashes of Sakyamuni cremation, ancestor of Buddha. They were recovered in 2008 from tomb diggers who had discovered a tunnel leading into the basement of the original Xinglong Tower from across street. These tomb diggers spent time researching historical records and executed a detailed plan. They were caught while in transit to Japan in 2008. All of them are still serving jail terms. This amazing discovery is featured in a documentary by the China National Television and the National Geographic Channel.

Location:  1 lotus Rd, Jiuxian bridge St, Chongzhou, Jining 济宁市兖州区酒仙桥街道莲花路1

More info:

  • Tickets: 70 RMB
  • Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Average time spent: 3 hours

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