In China, in the city of Wuling, there are several mountains. Among them is Fanjingshan, the highest peak in the mountain range, which includes Mount Fanjing, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018. Chinese Buddhists regard Fanjingshan as a sacred mountain so much that they erected there in summit, at 2,336 meters above sea level, two temples: the temple of Buddha and the temple of Maitreya.
A deep testimony of faith and devotion
Mount Fanjing is located in the National Nature Reserve of Fanjingshan, in Guizhou province. This mount is of paramount importance for Buddhists, they think it is the bodhimanda where the enlightenment of Maitreya Buddha took place. Moreover, the fervent believers built two temples on this mountain from the 7the century before our era. They then moved the materials after the Zangke road was built.
The construction of the temples of Fanjingshan was at its peak during the Ming dynasty. At that time, nearly 50 Buddhist temples were erected along the mountain to serve as refuges for pilgrims heading to this sacred place. Unfortunately, most of these places have been destroyed over time although the architectural remains and the region remain popular places for tourists, both secular and Buddhist.
Discovering the temple of Buddha and Maitreya
The summit of Fanjingshan knows several appellations such as Red Clouds Golden Summit (the golden summit of red clouds) or the New Golden Summit. In any case, many people are convinced that this is where you find the best view of the world. But it is also here, at 2,336 meters above sea level, that we find the temples of Buddha and of Maitreya. The two temples are separated by a gorge, and tourists pass from one temple to another over a narrow stone bridge.
However, be warned that to get to the top, you will have to climb 8,888 steps, or about 4 hours of ascent. However, fear not because all along the way, there are rest areas with places to eat. Besides these two spectacular temples, Mount Fanjing is also filled with strange rock formations.
Moreover, for nature lovers, know that Fanjingshan is a true treasure of biodiversity. It is actually home to more than 2,000 endemic plant species and hundreds of endangered animals, some of which even date from the Tertiary period, i.e. 66 million to 2 million years ago. time. Fantastic, right?