In Xiamen, the Nanputuo Temple is a popular destination for thousands of tourists. The grounds are situated at the foot of the Five Old Men Peak, and next to the Xiamen University, and this peaceful temple is over 1,000 years old and is Xiamen’s oldest sight.
January 2nd was sunny and warm, so we decided to take a stroll around the Nanputuo (“nan” meaning south) Temple grounds.
Fresh fruit to snack on.
I climbed the tower.
My prince (or monster) coming to get me!
Ducks around a little pond.
Outside the temple is a beautiful lotus filled pond which is usually covered with thousands of water lilies. In January were barely any lotus flowers that have survived the winter.
Buddha images from Burma.
“The Hall of Heavenly Kings”
We lost each other here, for a few minutes, and Justin was really worried!! I could see him looking for me, but I’m short and I have dark hair, so he couldn’t see me trying to make my way towards him!
Beautiful – I love this elephant!
Burning incense as an offering.
Female Lion temple protector statue.
These boy are trying to throw coins into the gaps in this stone pagoda.
This is believed to bring good luck.
Visitors putting on Monk’s robes to enter the temple.
The Great Benevolence Hall – A 3-storey octagonal structure built in 1684. The roof, which is made entirely of wooden beams and brackets (not one nail) has been noted by the Chinese Construction Ministry for its unique construction.
Behind the temple.