We cruised last night and woke up in Wuhan this morning. In the morning, we toured the Guiyuan Temple and the nearby Rock and Bonsai Museum.
The Guiyuan Temple (Temple of Original Purity), is one of the four biggest temples for Buddhist meditation in Hubei as well as an important Buddhist temple in China
First built in the early Qing dynasty (1644-1911) by two monks named Baiguang and Zhufeng on the base of Sunflower Garden owned by a poet, the temple got its name form Buddhist chants: "With purity kept in mind, one has the thoroughfare everywhere." Guiyuan Temple has survived through more than 300 hundred years of repeated cycles of prosperity and decline.
The Rock and Bonsai museum includes a mounted platybelodon skeleton, over 500 large mineral specimens including a quartz crystal the size of an automobile, and an outdoor garden with carefully groomed miniature trees in the penjing ("Chinese Bonsai") style.
After lunch on the ship, walked to the downtown shopping district including a Walmart store (very different from ours!).
Friday, July 27, 2012
Wuhan, Hubei, China