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“All thanks to the Bell”
Review of Hanshan Temple

Hanshan Temple
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Private Suzhou Day Tour of Lingering Garden and Hanshan Temple
Ranked #12 of 352 things to do in Suzhou
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Reviewed 2 July 2016

Han Shan Temple earned its fame from a well known poem by Zhang Ji - a scholar and official in 700 AD (Tang Dynasty). Reference to the "Sound of Bell" in one phrase granted this Buddhist monastery a special status in hearts and minds of Chinese literati over centuries.

Key features comprise of the Pagoda and the Giant Bell Tower. Main halls housing Buddha statues are designed in similar style to other monasteries in China. The Bell tower houses world's largest cast iron bell, on its surface engraved an entire Buddhist sutra.

Do also note that commercialisation are a bit excessive, which tarnishes the overall impression.

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Reviewed 11 June 2016

I have visited many temples before, but this temple attracted much more, due to the poetry "Hanshan Temple outside of the Gusu City, The sound of the bell
Reaches the guest boat at midnight" . We went there by Taxi from Guanqian Street, since we do not know well the road, actually some bus going there from our place. The view inside the temple is very nice, and really felt very peaceful in the temple, very nice place for pray. The only one I not like is the commercial air in the temple.

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Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

The temple has the feature to go into the bell tower and ring the bell three times. May you all have a chance to do so. The grounds are interesting and when visiting a temple, one always has to remember that it is a place that isn't all about tourists. Enjoy what you see and regenerate yourself in the process.

Thank rmc_colorado
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Reviewed 11 May 2016

I could not believe it is in front of me when I visited there.
It was pretty busy time, so full of people there but I enjoyed its history.
Some Chinese tourists are not polite - a lot of Chinese tourists spits everywhere regardless it is priceless historical temple.

Thank Jay K
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Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

This is definately not the best temple in China, not preety, not even well maintained, looks rundown.

Skip visiting this, find other temples to visit.

Thank donmochino
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