You may notice that I have started a series on The Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas.
This is a strange sight as you climb up the hill on your way to the temple.
Spread over the hillside are some Luohans or Arhats.
They are not only coated in gold, but they have different expressions / postures.
Some of them are mounted on an animal too.
The only view that I have seen and, in a way similar to this one, is the view I saw in the hills of HungLuo Temple, Beijing.
In the forest, there are dozens of monks who are clothed in red.
The picture shows the rear views of the monk statues.
I have pictures of their front views too but they are too disrupted from the shadows cast onto the statutes.
Please enjoy :-)
Western architecture made use of Gargoyles to discharge rain water from the roof so they it won’t stain the walls.
A figure, sometimes a grotesque one with a trough behind it, is judiciously placed to collect water and discharge it at a distance from the walls.
Here is a figure I have taken at the Temple of the Ten Thousand Buddhas.
I don’t think it is a gargoyle; it doesn’t help to discharge rain water ; but it did remind me of gargoyles!
Below is another one showing the frontal view.
Please enjoy :-)
Have shown some pictures of the Temple of the Ten Thousand Buddhas recently.
Here is another one which was taken of the roof in their temple up on the hills of Shatin, Hong Kong.
In the middle is the Golden Dragon; it looks so lively and full of vitality.
This picture speaks for itself.
The roof is one of the very ornate ones which I have ever seen.
The picture was taken in a temple dedicated to general Yuefei, while stopping by various places in my cruise trip on the Three Gorges.
A general who fought the Jin barbarians only to be recalled back by the emperor and finally executed.
Many visitors to Hong Kong find this temple awesome.
The temple houses over 10,000 Buddha statues, all dissimilar in appearance.
However, as photography in the temple is not allowed, the ten thousand Buddhas are rarely shown on pictures.
To reach the temple, one has to walk 430 steps. Along the way, you see some 500 Luohans or Arhats.
Here is a picture of the Luohans or Arhats, all plated in gold colors, with different expressions.
The picture was taken by my brother based in the States and who is right now in Hong Kong.
Here are two more pictures taken in Jiuzhagou, China.
I must admit that they illustrate more of serene scenery than mere boundaries.
The first one appears to me to be an infinity pool with water flowing towards the temple.
Somewhere between the lake and the temple must be a boundary – a boundary which is hidden by the fact that there is a fall between them.
The picture was taken at a high altitude in Huanglong, a few thousand metres above sea level.
In the second picture, there is a definite boundary – a timber fence which separates the visitors from the hills and lake below.
Mentally, the boundaries are just invisible, as you have become immersed in Nature!
We didn’t see much in our trip to Longhu Shan because of the rain and the flood in the river.
We came across the Temple of the Celestial Masters, with some impressive architecture.
Near the main gate, we saw a pair of Lions.
Never know whether medieval China has any lions as today this animal does not exist in the country.
Here is a close up view of the face of the lion near the main gate of the temple.
Also near the temple is this drum tower.
Inside the temple we also saw this symbol of Ying Yang- I have never seen one in these colors.
The trip was a bit of a disappointment!