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2012-12-13 11:11 ChineseTime

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(昙(tán) 华(huá) 寺(sì)  also known as Taohu Nunnery 昙(tán) 华(huá) 庵(ān) )

Tanhua Temple located in Guangming Road, Panlong District (盘龙区光明路; Pánlóngqū Guāngmínglù)
(At the foot of Tuiying Mountain in the eastern outskirts of Kunming City, about 4km from the city centre).
It's built in 1634. According to historical records, before the temple was erected, there had been a thatched shack where Shi Shiqiao, a scholar of the Ming Dynasty, buried himself in books. Shi Tai, grandson of Shi Shiqiao, donated the estate for the shack whereon the temple was built. In the backyard there was an epiphyllum tree, which is called tanhua in Chinese, hence the name.

The temple went through many renovations during the Qing Dynasty.
It is well-known for its flowers and plants. It has been a scenic spot for more than three hundred years, and an epitome of Kunming, the Flower City of the Southern Frontier. The epiphyllum tree was planted in the side court of the depository of Buddhist Scriptures. There is a stone tablet on which four characters are carved The Epiphyllum Brings Luck.
After the erection of the temple, the original epiphyllum withered and died. The epiphyllum now standing taller than the eaves of the temple sprang from the root of the original one at the beginning of the Qing Dynasty, and is about three hundred years old. It bursts into flowers in mid-summer.The big loquat tree in the backyard is said to have been planted in the early Ming Dynasty.
In the South Garden there are flowers and rockeries with winding paths among the flowers and the zigzagging corridor surround the Lotus Pond, where you can watch fish.
The East Garden is shaded by tall cedars and cypresses and include seven smaller gardens and a Children's Playground. In recent years, the old temple has resumed its original grandeur. It has become one of the most famous scenic spots in Kunming.
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