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Popularity 3Viewed 1711 times 2015-4-28 19:13 |Personal category:Life|System category:Life| afternoon, attention, anything, decided, around

It was a typical cloudy afternoon in Fuzhou, a seemingly boring afternoon where I didn't have anything interesting to do. I just decided to take a stroll around my campus to get some fresh air. As I got out, the first thing that seemed to have caught my attention were those gigantic  Qi (旗)mountains. I have always had the habit of gazing at them ever since I came to Fuzhou but today they seemed different. I felt like something was pulling me towards them. Surprisingly, I bumped into a friend of mine who suggested that we head towards Qishan. 

Now, one thing that I have learnt in Fuzhou is to just follow my instincts and there I was heading to Qishan. As we were driving to our destination, I realized that even though this place was just some 15 km away from my campus, I had actually never been there. Some 30 minutes after those bumpy roads and those ups and downs, we now reached a majestic stone entrance. I got down and strolled around just to catch a glimpse of a huge breathtaking Buddha statue that stood magnificently, in the middle of a lake, a little beyond that entrance. 

This place had made my day...! The feeling of boredom that was in me seemed to have dissolved without leaving any trace. It seemed like I had landed up in yet another place that I was yet to discover in Fuzhou. As I made my way to what looked like a huge temple, I found the most beautiful collection of life size Buddha statues, different sizes, different poses, different looks, all were stone sculptures. I could say I was mesmerized but this was not just what was in store for me. I made my way to the main building and stood still for a couple of minutes. I have never seen a more stunning Buddha temple in my life, right in front of me stood 6 splendid titanic golden Buddha statues glittering from any angle one would see them front. 

I silently made my way through the hall, trying not to disrupt the on going prayer session. I witnessed the most exquisite collection of Buddha sculptures that were meticulously arranged on the either sides of the hall. I never felt so much peace; this place seemed to radiate some kind of positive vibes that I had never experienced before. I roamed through the gardens, along the lake and I enjoyed every single second of time there. I had spent almost five hours in this place, of which I knew no particular details but I felt safe.I felt like I had found heaven on earth. Right then, I found huge rock template upon which was engraved the name of this place, QISHAN WAN FO SHI-  TEN THOUSAND BUDDHA TEMPLE MONASTERY.

Again, I realized that Fuzhou will never cease to surprise me. I had stumbled upon a National treasure again by complete luck. I felt I had achieved some kind of a zenith not because of my new discovery but because I had realized that I landed in Fuzhou for a reason. The Qishan Wan Fo Shi is not a National treasure for China but it is also a priceless symbol in the international scene. I felt blessed that such a beautiful and divine place existed in the same city which I call home for almost four years now. 

Fuzhou... you will never cease to surprise me...  

The stone entrance

Buddha statues

Temple

Buddha statue in the middle of the lake

旗山 万佛寺

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