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Wulei Temple
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Wulei Temple, formerly called Linshan Zen Temple, is located at south of Mount Xiangwang in Mijiadai of Cixi city and its construction was prepared by Master Lingyong in the Tang Dynasty. It was recorded by “Wuleisizhi” (the Record of Wulei Temple) that Na Luoyan, a renowned Indian Monk once settled here in the period of the Three Kingdoms Dynasty (238¬-251 A.D.). Wulei Temple was endowed with the name of Wulei Puji Temple in the Northern Song Dynasty and denominated as Wulei Zen Temple in late Ming Dynasty while it was destroyed in a huge fire in 1853 of the Qing Dynasty and has experienced reconstruction and repairmen for many times since then.

Wulei Temple is of grand construction scale with its former Qiangxiang Pavilion, Fazang Pavilion, Jingxiang Pavilion, Bingxiang Pavilion and Guiguang Pavilion according to the record of the temple, surrounded by impressive peaks and a magnificent and changeful prospect.

Wulei Temple is full of scenic spots and historical sites. There is a pool called Zhenming Pool in front of the temple with the blue water gurgling from the Xiangyan Grave at the east side and flowing to the Moon Lake through the small ditch all year round.  It was said that the pool was dug by Nryana, the legendary Indian giant, and many of his disciples day and night during which many people were killed and injured as a result of fighting with the demons in the mountain, thus gained the name of “Wangongchi” (Thousands of Workers Pool). The pool water is crystal and sweet and is said to help people cure diseases and drive out evil spirits. There are five Pinus densiflora near the pool planted by the descendants of the later generations as the incienso of Wulei Temple while there stand several grand and ageless trees on the hillside not far from the temple. The temple is mostly covered with flourishing and evergreen camphor trees, adding radiance and beauty to each other with the golden constructions in the temple. It was in 888 of the Tang Dynasty that Wulei Temple had a massive expansion and was developed into a full-fledged scale.

Wulei Temple once had a massive rebuilding under the support of government in 1995. The reconstructed Grand Hall covered an area of 490 square meters with seven-room width and six-room depth, costing a total amount of RMBY 1.5 million, apart from donation, most of which came from the bit by bit savings of the temple. By October, 1995, the construction area of Wulei Temple was 7800 square meters with 221 halls and guest rooms, around 28667 square meters of foundations inside the wall and courtyard, 6670 square meters of empty land, 20010 square meters mountains covered with bamboos and 62,698 square meters mountains planted with firewood. There were 11 resident monks, more than 20 resting monks, 14 service staffs working in each department with 10 buildings and 17 bungalows, covering a construction area of 2001 square meters while there is a total number of 230 rooms with the construction area reaching 8000 square meters now, distributed on three axes, namely, the Gate, the “Wangongchi”, the Grand Hall, the Hall of Buddhist Abbot on the central axis; Bell Tower and Garan Temple on the eastern axis; Drum Tower, Guanyin Hall and Triple Saints’ Hall on the western axis.

Wulei Temple is regarded as the Spiritual Mountain in the Buddhist world. In the period of the People’s Republic of China, Master Hongyi once established a research institute of the Buddhist Law here, now partly restored and reopened to the public. It attracts a large number of tourists around the Tomb-sweeping Day every year.

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