Seeking for Tranquility or History, All in Xinjin
By Qiankun, Liu
Five rivers converge here in Xinjin, yet highlighting the mountains.
Mountains here are not high, but full of vigor. From ancient times, Xinjin is the ferry for the busy ships. The traders, officers, men of letters and servants who are away from home all wish a good luck on the journey. Compared with the sloshing water, the green still mountains reassure people’s heart. Thus temples were built in Xinjin to bless the people. The god statues were also carved exquisitely. Some looks serene for protecting the peace, some are threatening in appearance for driving the evils, and some combine the previous two features to symbolize the fortune.
Subsiding by traders and officers, temples in Xinjin have a scale surpassing usual small towns. People use the best materials to build and decorate the temples, creating many amazing treasures such as the fresco of Ming Dynasty in Guanyin Temple.
As it says that “what makes a mountain famous is not its height but the god living in it”, now the quiet mountains of Xinjin is filled with followers and visitors. Short distance from the city and convenient transportation make Xinjin a treasured place for holiday. Now considering the theme parks being developed such as Pear Flower Creek and Flowers Dancing in the World, Xinjin is more attractive.
Flowers Dancing in the World
“Flowers dancing in the world”, situated between the famous Taoist mountain Laojun Mountain and the scenic spot Pear Flower Creek is a unique urban agricultural theme park.
Orchards, lawns, forest and lakes are the main scenery of the park. The picturesque buildings, the imaginative “24 pools” and “99 waterfall”, the creative “Concentric pool” and “Ode to life” and the interesting fountain…dozens of spots in all, both energy-saving and environment-friendly, and lively and interesting. President of the United Nations friendship Council Nur Brown calls it as “the model of low-carbon tourism”.
You can have a seat in the park, with running creek at your feet, blooming flowers on your head and intoxicating scent filling in your nose. Or you can also take a walk in the pinewoods, beside the lakes and between the flowers, accompanied by romantic cherry blossom, fresh pear flower and gorgeous Chinese flowering crabapple. It’s a great pleasure to sip a cup of tea, play chess and go sightseeing here, merging a transcendental life into the boundless scenery and chess games.
Southwestern China is the biggest source area of rhododendrons in the world, while “Flowers dancing in the world” is the biggest exhibition of rhododendrons in Sichuan. Rhododendrons gallery, built by mountains, with a length of more than 500m, has 56 kinds of rhododendrons on both sides. Walking along the steps, you can have fun in both climbing mountains and appreciating the flowers. Every spring, it’s a rather splendid sight that the rhododendrons compete for blossoming in all sorts of pattern.
Looking out into the distance, the mountains and pinewoods are shrouded in the clouds. Moreover, people can go boating, play games, have a cup of tea, dine and put up here. There are rows of villas designed on the concept of international vacation with all kinds of rooms and considerate service.
“Flowers dancing in the world” inherits the concept of complying with the nature. It is developed under the premise of protecting natural resources, leading the trend of low-carbon tourism. It got the title” the best example of low-carbon spot in the world” on the UN Sixth World Habitat Forum.
Address: Xinpu Street Lihuaxi No.1, Xinjin County, Chengdu
Phone number: 028-82555666
Entrance ticket: 80rmb per person
Pear Flower Creek
Pear Flower Creek is 3km away from Xinjin, covering an area of about 6 million square meter. Every spring, the pear flowers would blossom in a night. A breeze flowing across, everywhere in the park is filled with flying flowers. The environment in the park is also very pleasant, just like a “retreat away from the world”. It’s a good place to go back to the nature in spring, summer and autumn.
Address: Among Liyuan village, Ma’an village in Yongshang Town and Wenfeng village in Shuangshuang town, Xinjin County.
Entrance ticket: no
Laojun Mountain, 3km south of Xinjin, is a cultural relic conservation unit of Chengdu. It’s also named Tianshe Mountain or Choujing Mountain. The buildings and temples on the mountain are well proportioned, the towering coppers are thick. It’s one of famous mountains of Taoism as well as one of resorts in southern Sichuan, with its elegant environment and pleasant scenery. Laojun Mountain is covered in the mist and cloud, very like a painting seeing from a distance, so it’s called “Choujing out of the cloud”. It’s one of the twelve spots in Xinjin. Zhang Daoling, Taoist master of Han Dynasty, set one of his mission places “choujing” on this mountain. It used to have plenty of Taoist buildings but were ruined in the fire. Only Cunmen Mountain and Hunyuan Temple are survived, Sanqing temple, Bagua Temple and other buildings that we see today were all rebuilt after the 12th year of the Republic of China.
Address: Yongshang Town Xinpu Street, Xinjin
Entrance ticket: Free
Guanyin Temple, built in Song Dynasty and rebuilt in Ming Dynasty, is a National Cultural Heritage Conservation Board. There are temples and treasures of Qing and Ming dynasty, among which the fresco and statues of Ming Dynasty are regarded as national treasure of China.
Zilu Temple is built in Ming dynasty, the fresco on the walls of it is honored as the treasure of the Guanyin temple. The fresco is divided into three layers: upper, middle and lower. It applies the traditional techniques of Chinese drawing. “Qingjinghui Buddha”, the last painting in the right wall, is the liveliest one, showing a pure and wise spirit. It was honored by experts as Oriental Mona Llisa, 36 year earlier than Leonardo da Vinci.
Address: Yongshang Town Baoqiao Village, Xinjin
Entrance ticket: 1rmb per person
Others: no photos
Chunyang Temple is 1km south to Xinjin, built in memory of Lv Chunyng (Lv dongbin), and evolves to a Confucian building represent loyalty and filial piety afterwards. The statues in it embody the feature of late Confucianism: compatible with Buddhism. The most famous temples in Chunyang Temple are Loyalty Temple and Filial Piety Temple. There are well-known loyal subjects and dutiful son during over 4000 years. On architecture, every part of the building has moral sense. Besides, there are stone rolling curtain poem and palindromic verses, written by masters.
Chunyang Temple is a scenic spot in southern Sichuan, during temple fair in Spring Festival, the temple is crowded with tourists. There are various interesting programs such as Sichuan opera Babaxi and acrobatics.
The main temples of Chunyang Temple are situated on an axis. Every temple is composed by two temples actually and is named after the god being worshipped in it.
Address: Wujin Town No.313 Street, Xinjin
Entrance ticket: free
There is no people of Xinjin who doesn’t know about Wuyou Temple. In most people’s mind, it’s a pure land, a sacred temple, it can help people eliminate disasters and bless them when they are in danger.
Wuyou temple is small, far away from the noisy city. No neon lamps or busy cars in it but devout palmers. Such small temple is very popular. People around the country trek to here. Once step into the temple, an awe is developed within people’s mind. All is because that a rather mysterious Buddhist nun Monk Xu lives here.
She doesn’t know a single character, but she can recite the religious texts fluently; she haven’t learnt medicine, but she is familiar with the medical function of all kinds of plants. When she first came to the Wuyou Temple, it was still a shabby temple. But now, signs, doors, walls and even parking lots are built up. Around the temple, there are dozens of rest rooms for visitors. In the temple lies 32 statues of Guanyin. The way to Wuyou Temple is also repaired host by Monk Xu. Now cars and microvans can drive direct into the parking lot.
Address: Shuangshuang Town Wenshan Village, Xinjin
Entrance ticket: free
Jinhua Temple is in An’xi Town. The way to the temple is very narrow, surrounded by vast fields. Standing in the temple, listening to the tolls and animals, people will soon step into a pure world. Many Buddhists call it “Amitabha Village”. Similar to many temples in south Sichuan, Jinhua Temple also has grey tiles and red walls, covered by trees. The day I arrived at the temple is an afternoon in summer, the sun was shining and cicadas was chirping. On entering the door, there is a hall for Buddha. The room without lamps on was a little dark. A ray of sunshine brought the room some light. An old recorder was singing the Buddhist songs.
Crossing the hall, I got to an empty yard, with maxims hang on the trees. In front of the yard is a big hall, beside it is the residential for Buddhists who were easily seen in the yard.
Address: An’xi Town An’xi Village, Xinjin
Entrance ticket: free
Others: no photos