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Zhangye Giant Buddha Temple

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Introduction to Zhangye Big Giant Buddha Temple (张掖大佛寺)

Zhangye Danxi National Geological Park is located at northern foot of the Qilian Giant Buddha Temple, also known as Dafo Temple, is a major tourist attraction in Zhangye City of Lanzhou Province in northwestern China as well as a popular tourist destination along the ancient Silk Road. The temple is located in the midway of the Hexi Corridor in Zhangye, about 600 kilometers west of Gansu’s provincial capital Lanzhou.

The Giant Buddha Temple is also reputed as Wofo Temple (Sleeping Buddha Temple) because of the giant sleeping Buddha within the temple. The sleeping Buddha which has a length of 35.4 meters and shoulder breadth of 7.5 meters is the biggest sleeping Buddha in China. Even the ears of the sleep Buddha are two meters long. This huge sleeping Buddha statue was depicted into Sakyamuni’s attainment of nirvana with 10 disciples in vivid facial expressions behind him.

Giant Buddha Temple was originally built in 1098 during the Western Xia Dynasty and it is also the only survival royal temple from its dynasty. Thought rebuilt many times, the temple preserved its original main buildings of the Giant Buddha Hall, Buddhist Classics Hall, and Clay Pagoda. The Giant Buddha Hall houses the giant sleeping Buddha, and also there are brick carvings, painted clays of the 18 arhats, and wall murals of different dynasties are found at this two-storied hall.

In the Buddhist Classics Hall there collects more than 6,000 tomes of scriptures. Some of these Buddhist sutras were written in gold and silver, which hold great value. The Clay Pagoda which has 13 stories in the height of 33.37 meters and very unique style is one of the Five Element Pagodas in Zhangye. 

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Zhangye, Gansu Province

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Travel Information

Admission Fee: 41 Yuan  
Opening Hours: 7:30AM - 5:30PM
Best Time to Visit: Zhangye Giant Buddha is suitable to visit all year round.

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Main Sights

Sleeping Buddha Temple, Buddhist Classics Hall, Clay Pagoda

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Travel Tips 

1.Do try to avoid visiting the Zhangye Giant Buddha Temple during the summer holidays and Golden Week in October.

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Tour including Visiting Zhangye Big Giant Buddha Temple

11-Day Xian Lanzhou Xiahe Wuwei Zhangye Jiayuguan Dunhuang

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