Sunday Afternoon Trip to Baoguang Temple

Baoguang Temple Pagoda in Xindu of Sichuan Province
Baoguang Temple in Xindu County of Chengdu City is one of the oldest temples in Sichuan Province. It was believed to have been built in the Eastern Han Dynasty. Later in the Sui Dynasty it was called Dashi Temple. In the Huang Chao Uprising in 881 in the Tang Dynasty, when the insurrectionary army stormed Chang’an, capital of the Tang Dynasty, Emperor Xizong fled to Sichuan and hid in the temple. To express his gratitude to Buddha, he ordered the temple rebuilt and renamed it Baoguang. The temple was destroyed in the Ming Dynasty but rebuilt in 1670 during the Qing Dynasty into a complex of one pagoda, five halls and sixteen courtyards. Except for the pagoda the buildings are all of the Qing Dynasty.

The square brick pagoda, painted white, has a stone pedestal and thirteen levels of eaves, which bend slightly upwards instead of downwards like multi-eave pagodas of the Tang Dynasty. The change must have resulted from later repairs. On each side of each storey are three niches for Buddhist statues.

The pagoda’s special characteristic is that it stands in the center of the temple’s front part. The whole structure retains the style of multi-eave pagodas in the Tang Dynasty, although it has undergone repairs several times and the style of certain parts has changed. It is the oldest extant pagoda in Sichuan.

http://www.china.org.cn/english/TR-e/43199.htm

With Gary, our guide and host for the day.

The ancient pagoda was severely damaged in the 5.12 earthquake.

Dancing in the park in Xindu.
Grandma dancing with the baby.

Southwest Sichuan University. This is Gary’s alma mater.
A meeting of the petroleum engineer’s minds.
Sunday afternoon traffic in Chengdu.
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~ by Sara on March 2, 2009.

6 Responses to “Sunday Afternoon Trip to Baoguang Temple”

  1. Wow! That’s one big barbeque!

  2. Wow! That’s one big barbeque!

  3. I really like your haircut! Too bad you couldn’t find a bigger coat 🙂

  4. I really like your haircut! Too bad you couldn’t find a bigger coat 🙂

  5. Bridget – not a bigger coat, a smaller ass.

  6. Bridget – not a bigger coat, a smaller ass.

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