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Experience spring in Xi'an: Qinglong Temple

By Yang Fan (chinadaily.com.cn)

Updated: 2015-05-07

Experience spring in Xi'an: Qinglong Temple

Cherry flowers in full bloom at Qinglong Temple in Xi’an city, Shaanxi province [Photo/xinhuanet.com]

As the weather warms up, it is an ideal opportunity to go outdoors and enjoy the natural and historical scenery on offer in Xi’an, Shaanxi province. With a camera in tow, there is no better time and way to capture the beautiful landscapes and sense of spring in the city.

Located to the south of Xi’an city, Qinglong Temple was built during the Sui Dynasty (AD 420-581) in 528. It was originally named Linggan Temple and received its current name in the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) in 711.

The temple was in its operational prime during the Tang Dynasty and attracted many foreign monks to study Buddhism there, especially from Japan. Existing through many vicissitudes, the temple reactivated its religious activities in 1997.

Hundreds of cherry trees were transplanted to the temple from Japan in 1986 and come into bloom every year between March and April. Now, the temple’s cherry trees are one of Xi’an’s prime natural scenic spots where visitors are able to sense the warmth of spring.

Edited by Jacob Hooson

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