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A TALE OF TWO BUDDAHS

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We visited 2 Buddah temple sites. The first, in Wuxi, was officially a Buddist Conference Centre (like they have loads of conferences), It was very beautiful and opulent. Paid for by the Government it was clear that money was no object.

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All the Chinese zodiac signs were represented in cloisione statues - this year, the Year of the Monkey, had a special display.

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Once daily the Lotus Flower opens along with music, fountains, and doves. As it opens the Baby Buddah appears and the fountains wash it to prepare it for its new life.

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This is the largest free standing Buddah and if you have a few million dollars you can inscribe the names of your family members on the lotus leaves at the base. We have taken advantage of this offer.

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This is a picture of the 4 Buddahs----Dave and I are with our Tour Guide Antony. Meanwhile, Helen and Dianna wait to get back on the trolly.

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THE SECOND BUDDAH SITE WAS IN HANGZOU. The site has been a Buddahist temple since 969 AD. It once housed 3000 monks though is now much reduced in size. it was damaged extensively in rebellions in the 19th century and later by fire. Luckily it was protected during the cultural revolution.

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Posted by keithandhelen 18:49 Archived in China

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The opulence surprises me. Say hello to Dave and Dianna for me..

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