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Anqing

Anhui - Hefei - Huangshan - Ma'anshan - Qingyang

Erzu Temple
Sanzu Temple
Zhenfeng Pagoda

Anqing is located in southwestern Anhui Province. It was the cradle of the culture of the Tongcheng School. It has long been a famous tourist city with beautiful mountains and rivers, such as Mt. Tianzhu, and many places of interest, such as Linghu Park, Zhenfeng Pagoda, Yingjiang Temple, and the Memorial Terrace to Xu Xilin. Anqing is also known as home to the Huangmei Opera.


Erzu Temple

Situated in Mt. Sikong not far from Anqing, Erzu Temple is a sacred place for the Zen Sect of Buddhism. First built in 552 and reconstructed in 743, it has 5,048 rooms in total, and once accommodated 7,000 monks and nuns during its heyday.

Today, only a few sites remain, including Erzukong Nunnery, Erzu Chess Stone, and Lihua Pagoda. Erzu Temple is a major temple under state protection.


Sanzu Temple

Lying at the foot of Mt. Fenghuang (Phoenix) west of Qianshan County, Sanzu Temple was first built during the reign of Emperor Wudi of the Southern dynasties (420-589). In 758, Emperor Suzong of the Tang dynasty renamed the temple. It consists of the Thousand-Buddha Hall, and the Mahavira Hall, and enshrines a giant white marble statue of Sakyamuni, the largest of its kind in east China.


Zhenfeng Pagoda

The pagoda is located inside Yingjiang Temple on the banks of the Yangtze River in Anqing. Zhenfeng Pagoda was constructed in 1570 in the Ming dynasty.

The multistoreyed brick pagoda has 8 sides and 7 storeys and is 60 m high. Inside the pagoda there are more than 600 Buddhist statues, 51 inscribed tablets and a winding flight of 168 steps. Every storey of the pagoda has balconies enclosed by stone banisters, so visitors can enjoy the view.

Zhenfeng Pagoda is located at a turning point of the Yangtze River and the numerous ships passing by all take the pagoda as a navigation mark. Every storey of the pagoda has a dozen or so niches for lanterns, evidence that the pagoda served as a lighthouse for ships at night.