Baoguo Temple

Baoguo Temple, Ningbo

Baoguo Temple
4.5
08:00 - 16:30
Monday
08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday
08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday
08:00 - 16:30
Thursday
08:00 - 16:30
Friday
08:00 - 16:30
Saturday
08:00 - 16:30
Sunday
08:00 - 16:30
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JhonTheBoy
Hangzhou, China8 contributions
The magnificent architecture of Baguo Temple
Mar 2019 • Friends
Baoguo Temple is not far from Ningbo, with the magnificent architecture it is a famous temple. There is a viewing platform on the left, you can see the nearby mountains and the view is excellent. Definitely worth a visit!!
Written 29 March 2019
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tinkle_24
Northampton, UK1,317 contributions
An excellent ancient temple!
May 2018 • Couples
Apparently the structure stood here for over 1000 years. No nails were used and building is fire and insect proof. Our favourite building in Ningbo. Tranquil setting in the midst of much greenery.
Written 23 May 2018
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,030 contributions
Very beautiful, all-wood, ancient Buddhist temple
Feb 2018 • Friends
I came here because I love visiting the ancient villages, temples, and other structures of China. Baoguo Temple is an over 1,000 years old, all-wood, well-preserved, Mahayana Buddhist temple, built without the use of any metal nails. It is one of China’s first national cultural relic protected sites. The temple is located Anshang Village, 13 km north of the centre of Ningbo City, and 210 km (about a 2-hour, 45-minute drive) in a southerly direction from Shanghai.

Although some of the signage is in both Chinese and English, I’d recommend taking a guided tour or going with a Chinese-speaking friend. It was very informative to learn how the wooden pieces are locked together, without the use of nails. Also, the wood gives off a scent, which keeps birds and insects away. I especially liked looking at the displayed wooden models of the buildings.

The original temple, which went by the name of Lingshan Temple (possibly taking on the name as it was at the foot of Lingshan Mountain), was destroyed in 845. In 880, the rebuilt temple was renamed, Baoguo Temple.

The round trip didi taxi ride from Ningbo City to Baoguo Temple, including the driver waiting 75 minutes for us to return, cost 160 rmb. We had the driver wait, as we wanted to ensure getting a ride back. Often from remote locations, it is difficult to get a ride back.

Admission fee is 20 rmb for adults, and free for seniors.

There are at least two Baoguo Temples in China. Another is located at the foot of Emei Mountain, Emeishan.
Written 12 February 2018
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Analeigh V
Smithville, MO36 contributions
Long walk, but worth it
Feb 2017 • Family
I visited during the Chinese New Year so it was packed and we had to park far away. I ended up with blisters, but it was so worth it to learn about archetecture and ancient China.
Written 5 October 2017
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Yahrick
Nottingham, UK397 contributions
Great place!
Oct 2016 • Family
Great place located about 30min drive from Central Ningbo. Very nice place to walk and explore especially on a sunny day.
Written 2 January 2017
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romanpiekosz
Chicago, IL7,438 contributions
Typical Temple
Sep 2016 • Couples
This temple is very similar to other ones. The big difference is its beautiful location and a huge area which this temple covers. There is a lot of room for walking, resting. A lot of plants nice flowers. One element not seen by me in other temples is the Drum Tower.
You can learn there a lot about how these buildings were built, what technique was used and how smart ancient engineers were.
One fact in minus is that this temple is now more like museum. This temple is not "active". There is no altars, statues of Buddhas, no real people praying there. It's like the nice body, but without the spirit....
But anyway I recommend it.
RomanP
Written 21 September 2016
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Ming F
42 contributions
A case study in ancient Chinese architecture & construction
Apr 2016 • Family
The claim to fame for this ancient temple is that there is not a single nail in the construction of the entire building. While it's no longer a working temple any more, they have research labs on site where renowned scholars study the construction to learn Chinese architecture from this living model, and it is still incredible how they build this temple so many years ago. We used to visit the temple as a group when we were school children and had guided tours once every few years.
Written 2 September 2016
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Kirby M
Shanghai, China100 contributions
Nice Spot, can liesurly spend a half day here.
Jul 2016 • Family
A nice wooded area on a hillside not too far out of town. It was a warm day when we visited, but alot of trees and some pavilions help provide shade. The Temple stretches back to the Song Dynasty, with additions and renovations over the years, most during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. You can walk up the hill and get a good view over the Ningbo landscape from certain areas (depends how they groom).

It's about 55元 / 25 min to get here by taxi from the city center. Getting back, you will likely need to call for a pickup, or you can take bus 332 (bus stop across the street from main entrance) which will reach the metro in about an hour.

This is quite a nice place with very few people. It's only 20元 for an adult ticket. If you are in Ningbo with half a day to spare, this is highly recommended.
Written 2 August 2016
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Martin R
Ningbo, China6 contributions
Amazing environment
Jan 2016 • Couples
Beautiful nature and peaceful temple with relaxing music. Live display of archers training around 14:00
Written 10 January 2016
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TravelerYao
Ningbo, China4 contributions
The wonder in Ningbo
Oct 2015 • Family
It calls a Temple, but it has no Buda or Monk anymore. Baoguo Temple is the Live Dictionary of Traditional Chinese Architecture and it is the Pearl on the Crown. You will see 3 eye-drop miracle there (cannot tell you here, you'd better find by yourselves there), and it has detailed intruduction in both Chinese and English. It's not a hot travel spot in Ningbo, but it's really impressive and so worth to visit.
Now there's beautiful hiking route next to the temple, nice view and good stone steps.
Written 15 December 2015
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  • Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:30