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Below is an illustrated index of the 10 Chinese sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Chinese Buddhist Temple
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Temple of Heaven
    Beijing, China
    Completed in 1420, this magnificent temple was considered the meeting point of Earth and Heaven. For 500 years it hosted the emperors' sacrifices and prayers for a good harvest at the winter solstice.
  • Dazu Rock Carvings
    Sichuan, China
    These magnificent Buddhist sculptures were carved in stone cliffs around Dazu, Szechuan province, between 892 and 1245. They are a World Heritage Site for their importance to Buddhist art.
  • Emei Shan
    Sichuan, China
  • Giant Buddha of Leshan
    Leshan, China
    This is the tallest stone Buddha statue in the world, carved out of a cliff by an 8th-century monk to calm the turbulent confluence of three rivers. Each eyebrow is 18 feet long.
  • Longmen Caves
    Henan, China
    Stretching for a half-mile along the west bank of a river, this site includes some 1,350 caves and 40 pagodas, filled with thousands of Buddhist statues carved out of the hard limestone cliffs.
  • Mogao Caves
    Gansu, China
    These Buddhist cave temples were a center of culture on the Silk Road from the 4th to the 14th centuries and contain well-preserved religious murals and carvings spanning that entire period.
  • Jade Buddha Temple (Yufo Si)
    Shanghai, China
    This is an active Chan (Zen) Buddhist monastery but the real emphasis is squarely on tourism. What the busloads come for are the temple's two gorgeous white jade Buddhas.
  • Longhua Temple
    Shanghai, China
    The largest and busiest Buddhist temple in Shanghai, Longhua is famed for its 10th-century pagoda and peach blossoms. Also notable is a gilded Buddha statue under a carved dome.
  • White Horse Temple
    Luoyang, China
    Baima Si was the first Buddhist temple in China, established by Emperor Mingdi in the year 68 AD. The historic, leafy site features several ancient buildings and a highly devotional atmosphere.