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Wuhan Guiyuan TempleThe temple is one of the four bigest temples for Buddhist meditation in Hubei , also an important Budhist temple for the country. It was first built in the 15th year of Shun Zhi in the Qing Dynasty(the year 1658). The name Guiyuan Buddhist chants: “With purity kept in mind, one has the thoroughfare everywhere.” All buildings were built over a period of more than 100 years.Guiyuan Temple takes up an area of 46900sqm with a floor apace of 20000 sqm. There are more than 200 rooms within the temple compound and all round are luxuriant with green trees and bushes, harmonizing well with the majestic towers and temples. In the Arhat Hall are 500 arhat statues, full length constituting one of the main features of the temple.

The Ahrat Hall is an important structure in a Buddhist temple. But not all temples have an Ahrat Hall, especially, well-kept Ahrat Halls are very rare in China. This one is among them, and what's more, it has its own unique characteristics.

Generally, an Ahrat Hall is a square building. The building is subdivided into four small square courts so that the hall can get enough sunlight. This kind of structure show some lucky implies in Chinese Buddhist culture.

Another characteristic about the hall lies in these sculptures themselves. They were neither made up of wood, nor stone, nor clay. A special way was taken in making them, which could prevents them from being burned, being soaked or being eaten by insects. All the sculptures were floating in water while Wuhan was flooded in 1954, but, surprisingly, they were sound and safe after the flood had receded. It was really a wonder.

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