SACS Springtime Temple and Garden Tour
“The Phoenixes dwells in Wutong Mountain and the fairies played in the pool of the Heaven.” At least, that’s how the legend goes. The Fairy Lake Botanic Garden covers over 587 hectares at the foot of Shenzhen’s tallest (944m) mountain Wutong Shan. The garden began construction in 1983. Opening to the public in 1988, it covers an area of 587 hectares. Known for its special displays of seasonal flowers, cycads, palms, bamboos and endangered trees, Fairy Lake Garden is a showcase of Chinese gardening traditions.
After touring the gardens, we will pause for a lovely lunch. Those who are interested can visit Shenzhen’s largest Buddhist Temple, the Hongfasi. Following lunch, Marco Loglio will lead us on an exploration of some lesser known parts of Shenzhen to visit the unique Dongshan Temple.
Located on Longtou Mountain near Dapeng Bay to the east of the city, the Dongshan Temple was first built in 1394 and then rebuilt in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). There are four main halls; three dedicated to the Buddha and one to Guan Yin. The temple was used as a training center for local guerrilla troops during the anti-Japanese war in the early 1940s.
Not far from this temple, on the northern slope of Longshi Mountain, is the Longyan Temple, renowned for a spring in the cave underneath the hall dedicated to Guan Yin. The spring, spouting water for more than 100 years, not only quenches thirst but is said to facilitate health as well.
We will explore the surrounding area by foot so good walking shoes are essential. The tour includes air-conditioned motor coach, all entrance fees, lunch and guides.
Cost: 300 RMB per SACS member, 250 RMB per child, 350 RMB non-member
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Queries? Tel: 13423720417