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Wenshu Monastery 文殊院 13th December 2008

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Wenshu Monastery-Pagoda

Today we went to the Wenshu Monastery, one of the oldest remaining original Zen monasteries in China.  There are many shops selling souvenirs, teahouses and street stalls selling all kinds of stuffs in this ancient street called Wenshu Fang 文殊坊. We wandered for awhile before going into the temple, for only 10rmb- paid to a monk sat in a booth by the front door. I have read much good comment about the monk’s vegetarian restaurant, and it was ashamed that I did not try it, maybe next time. The building inside Wenshu does not look that old to me, there were numerous temples, prayer rooms and educational facilities, a city within a city, with monk’s quarters forming a private square inside the monastic compound, with a sense of peace and tranquility standing on the grounds. It was built during the Tang dynasty, most of the original buildings have been burnt down or destroyed over the years, but those built in their place are made in the traditional style. The highlight for us was the tea garden where we spent time drinking bottomless cup of tea for 5rmb with the locals.

 

Jinli Street

Jinli is a recreation of an old market street with red lanterns hanging along the street. There are pubs and cafes on Jinli, so is a blend of modernism and tradition. Walking to the end of the streets, turning to the left is a stretch of sidewalk booths selling kinds of Southern cuisine snack food. The Dan Dan Noodles there is nice.

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Wenshu Monastery-Pagoda
Wenshu Monastery-Pagoda
Fresh made buckwheat noodles
Fresh made buckwheat noodles
Fresh made buckwheat noodles
Fresh made buckwheat noodles
Around Wenshu Fang
Around Wenshu Fang
Around Wenshu Fang
Around Wenshu Fang
Shops selling antique wood carving
Shops selling antique wood carving
Wenshu Fang Street
Wenshu Fang Street
Street stalls selling souvenirs
Street stalls selling souvenirs
Wenshu Monastery-big bell in one o…
Wenshu Monastery-big bell in one …
Wenshu Monastery
Wenshu Monastery
Wenshu Monastery-Pagoda
Wenshu Monastery-Pagoda
Wenshu Monastery
Wenshu Monastery
Wenshu Monastery-tea garden
Wenshu Monastery-tea garden
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Wenshu Monastery-locals drinking …
Wenshu Monastery tea garden
Wenshu Monastery tea garden
Wenshu Monastery-a cup of flower t…
Wenshu Monastery-a cup of flower …
Wenshu Monastery
Wenshu Monastery
Enjoy drinking tea
Enjoy drinking tea
Traditional ear-digging, 10rmb for…
Traditional ear-digging, 10rmb fo…
Though it is not pain, I worried t…
Though it is not pain, I worried …
Locals enjoying their time in the …
Locals enjoying their time in the…
A monk playing Guzhen
A monk playing Guzhen
Wenshu Monastery
Wenshu Monastery
There are several temples like thi…
There are several temples like th…
Wenshu Monastery
Wenshu Monastery
Peace and tranquility, but once yo…
Peace and tranquility, but once y…
Wenshu Monastery
Wenshu Monastery
Like all traditional chinese archi…
Like all traditional chinese arch…
Wenshu Monastery
Wenshu Monastery
Wenshu Monastery
Wenshu Monastery
Wenshu Fang-a muslim street vendor…
Wenshu Fang-a muslim street vendo…
Hand made buckwheat noodles
Hand made buckwheat noodles
Jinli entrance
Jinli entrance
Jinli, red lantern hanging along t…
Jinli, red lantern hanging along …
Jinli
Jinli
Jinli
Jinli
Jinli
Jinli
Jinli
Jinli
Jinli
Jinli
An old type of arrow shooting
An old type of arrow shooting
Jinli
Jinli
Jinli
Jinli
JInli
JInli
Jinli-restaurant, bars and cafe
Jinli-restaurant, bars and cafe
Jinli
Jinli
Jinli, stairs to a cafe or bar...I…
Jinli, stairs to a cafe or bar...…
Her art drawing is very unique and…
Her art drawing is very unique an…
Jinli
Jinli
Jinli
Jinli
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