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Solitary Joy Temple (Dule Temple)

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  This temple, also called Great Buddha Temple (Dafosi), is one of the oldest and best-preserved tall wooden structures in China and situated inside the western gate of Jixian County of Tianjin Municipality.
  
  It was fist built in the Tang Dynasty. Its main building, the Goddess of Mercy Pavilion (Guanyinge), was rebuilt in A.D. 984 during the Liao Dynasty.
  
  
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  The two-storied wooden pavilion is twenty-three meters high, and so well designed that it has withstood the test of several earthquakes and remains intact to this day.
  
  The pavilion contains a standing statue of the Guanyin Bodhisattva with the heads of ten small Buddhas above it. The sixteen-meter-high statue is known as the "Eleven-face Guanyin," one of the largest painted clay sculptures in China. Flanking it are two ferocious and gigantic guardians, which, together with the heavenly guardians inside the gate, are masterpieces of Liao Dynasty sculpture.
  
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  Add: Wuding Street, Jixian County, Tianjin
  
  Tel: 0086-22-29142904 29146774
  
  Ticket: 18 yuan (US$2.2)
  
  
  

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