|carved wooden balconies|
|Sakyamuni Buddha, the first Buddha|
|Myanmar white jade, 11 tons|
|Guanyin Bodhisattva, Buddhist Goddess of Mercy|
|Carved from 1000year Camphor wood tree|
Jing'an Temple is also a working monastery. At noon, the monks came out and performed a short ceremony. Then a family gathered, and burned papers and photos in a small bin. I think this may have been some sort of funeral rite.
This statue is in front of the main doors to the temple. It depicts a female Imperial Guardian Lion restraining a playful cub. Looks pretty ferocious to me.
Jing'an Park is just across West Nanjing Road from the temple. It is ancient, with traditional stone walkways and twisting steps. You can really feel old Imperial Chinese history here. We walked along the paths, and came upon small tea pavilions and ponds with koi. People bring snacks and drinks, and take a break in the shade. Old men play cards. It's really serene and beautiful - no sports fields or kids areas.
|hey, get off the phone!|
|old rampart wall|