Daxingshan Si

a trek to daxingshan si in xi’an

Saturday, April 18: After leaving the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, I decide I’ll walk to Daxingshan Si, Xi’an’s only working Buddhist temple.  Lonely Planet China says that it’s “just south of” the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, but I think it’s “just south” only if you’re in some kind of vehicle.  It’s a long trek south if you’re on foot, which I am.  Isn’t it funny how deceiving maps and guidebooks can be?  It always appears that places are so close, when in reality they can be quite a long distance! 🙂

By the time I finally arrive here, after I get lost and sidetracked several times, my legs are killing me.  Already today, I’ve been to the Beilin Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda; inside both of these, I already did a lot of walking.  I haven’t yet eaten and my legs are tired, but I keep on going nonetheless.

Daxingshan Si

Daxingshan Si

The Daxingshan Temple (大兴善寺) was an important temple during the Western Jin Dynasty (265-316), during which time about 90% of the people around Chang’an, now modern Xi’an, became Buddhists. According to China Highlights: Daxingshan Temple, South Asian scholars worked here to translate scriptures.  The temple was destroyed in the 840s during the Tang era, and it wasn’t rebuilt until the Qing dynasty in  1725, with several other restorations in 1956, when it was used by Tibetan Buddhist monks, and again in 1983.  The Cultural Revolution brought an end to the Tibetan Buddhist monks’ worship here.

In the first hall just inside the entrance, to the right, is a hall where I find some scary depictions of hell.  I’m surprised by this as I never even knew Buddhism had a hell.

I’m happy to escape this hall and emerge into the light.  The temple complex is really nice, with its golden-eaved buildings and expansive gardens.  People are bowing and praying with incense offerings.  I find lotus candles burning, prayer wheels, and people worshipping in all areas of the temple.

Daxingshan Si temple complex

Daxingshan Si temple complex

I love the dragon relief sculpture on an island in the middle of the stairs leading to the main hall.

Daxingshan Si

Daxingshan Si

Close up of Daxingshan Si's main hall

Close up of Daxingshan Si’s main hall

Inside the main hall are five golden Buddhas.

Inside the main hall of Daxingshan Si

Inside the main hall of Daxingshan Si

Lying on the ground to the side of the main hall, I find terra-cotta tiles with prayers written on them.

prayer tiles

prayer tiles

There are some beautiful lanterns up under the eaves.

pretty lantern

pretty lantern

And inside, I find a woman standing on some kind of a fish.

Inside one of the halls at Daxingshan Si

Inside one of the halls at Daxingshan Si

There are even incense sticks for sale.

Incense for sale

Incense for sale

Daxingshan Si

Daxingshan Si

The red walls of the temple buildings make a perfect backdrop for the pretty gardens.

Gardens at Daxingshan Si

Gardens at Daxingshan Si

The temple grounds

The temple grounds

I love seeing Buddhists offering their incense and prayers to the Buddha.

bowing with incense

bowing with incense

I even find a laughing Buddha on the grounds.

Flowers to the Buddha in the temple complex

Flowers to the Buddha in the temple complex

on the temple grounds at Daxingshan Si

on the temple grounds at Daxingshan Si

Fierce character

Fierce character

prayer wheels

prayer wheels

another Buddhist deity

another Buddhist deity

Incense burner at Daxingshan Si

Incense burner at Daxingshan Si

the multi-armed goddess

the multi-armed goddess

Daxingshan Si

Daxingshan Si

Daxingshan Si

Daxingshan Si

Statue with paintings

Statue with paintings

a line of Buddhas

a line of Buddhas

gardens of Daxingshan Si

gardens of Daxingshan Si

Red ribbon prayers

Red ribbon prayers

lotus candles

lotus candles

Daxingshan Si

Daxingshan Si

corridor at Daxingshan Si

corridor at Daxingshan Si

Daxingshan Si and its relief-carved dragons

Daxingshan Si and its relief-carved dragons

Peaceful pink Buddha

Peaceful pink Buddha

Daxingshan Si and its relief-carved dragons

Daxingshan Si and its relief-carved dragons

As I make my way back to the entrance, I find another hall directly across from the other hall that depicted hell, and inside that hall are more frightening and disturbing scenes of the dark underworld.

Finally, I make my way back out through the temple entrance.  By now my legs are so sore, I know I must catch a ride to my next destination, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

Incense at Daxingshan

Incense at Daxingshan

I flag down a 3-wheeled taxi and bump along to a row of restaurants right outside the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.  Finally, I can get some lunch.  Much to my surprise, I find an Indian restaurant, where I eat a delicious meal that makes me feel sick to my stomach even while I’m eating it.  That doesn’t stop me from eating it however, because it tastes delicious.  For a long while later, I regret eating this, as my stomach doesn’t sit well after it.

Indian restaurant outside of The Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Indian restaurant outside of The Big Wild Goose Pagoda

I head to the huge complex surrounding the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, happy to have eaten the only Indian food I’ve had in China, even if it did make me sick. 🙂

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