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Want to visit Bingling Temple? Welcome to explore the fine artworks in Gansu province. To uncover the mysterious mask of Buddhism culture in western China, Bingling Temple (and Grottoes) is a wonderful place for foreign travelers to unwind. The sculptures, carvings, and frescoes that remain are outstanding examples of Buddhist artwork and draw visitors from around the world.

Bingling Temple is extremely remote. The road to the monastery is not accessible, so traveler can only get here during summer and fall by boat via the Liujiaxia Reservoir. Boats leave from near the Liujiaxia Dam in Liujiaxia City (Yongjing County’s county seat), and sometimes also from other docks on the reservoir. However it is not accessible in the rest of the year.

Bingling Temple-Ancient Buddhist Temple in Gansu

Bingling Temple Gansu Yongjing County
Bingling Temple Gansu Yongjing County

Bingling Temple roots in the Qing Dynasty, dating back to 1600 years ago (AD 393- 431). As one of the most the ancient Buddhist holy places, Bingling Temple can also be called as Taoism Palace. After Northern Wei, Western Wei, Northern Zhou Dynasty, Sui, Tang, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties expansion, it now has a high reputation in Chinese religion development.

35 kilometers southwest of Gansu Linxia city, Bingling Temple is in a small plot hill. Interestingly, Bingling Temple has a former name – “Tangshu Cave”, which means “Ghost cave” in Qiang. Normally, there’s a series of grottoes filled with Buddhist sculpture in the natural caves. Besides, this temple is along the Yellow river, standing at an excellent position. Thus, when visitors go climbing the plank road, you can also enjoy the rolling hills as well as roaring Yellow river.

Ingenuity of Bingling Temple

For your information, the caves and the artistic treasures have endured centuries of damage, including earthquakes, erosion, and looters. Nowadays, you may encounter the most precious heritage through the long history. In total, there are 183 caves, 694 stone statues, and 82 clay sculptures that remain. In addition, each cave is like a miniature temple filled with Buddhist imagery. Specifically, these caves culminate at a large natural cavern where wooden walkways precariously wind up the rock face to hidden cliff-side caves. In addition, the giant Maitreya Buddha that stands more than 27 meters, or almost 100 feet tall. So, we highly recommend travelers come to appreciate those stunning artworks.

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