The famous statue of the Maitreya Buddha is reputedly carved from a single piece of sandalwood.
The Maitreya Buddha also holds a Guinness World Record for being the tallest statue to be carved from a single piece of sandalwood!
The street outside the temple is packed with stalls and shops – it’s a great place to watch the pilgrims making their way to worship.
It is believed that the temple survived the Cultural Revolution because of the intervention of the premier Zhou Enlai.
There are five main halls on the complex, arranged along a north-south axis, each separated by courtyards.
There are thrones in the ‘Hall of the Wheel of Law’ which are for the Dalai Lamas – they used to come here to teach.
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