|The 1,200-square-meter Guanyin Pavilion is said to be the biggest in Asia. Inside is the glorious, golden, Thousand-hand Guanyin (next) herself. She is 27 meters high with a 2-meter-high lotus base, and arms reaching 5 meters almost to the ceiling. (Source: Shanghai Daily)
BEIJING, May 23 -- The magnificent and massive reconstruction of Donglin Temple -- including a man-made hill and grotto -- is one of Jinshan District's prime attractions for the World Expo.
The aim is to attract both tourists and pilgrims from around the world to the 20-hectare site in Zhujing Town in Shanghai's southwest.
It is one of the five important Buddhist sites in Jinshan District and tours cover all the monuments.
Donglin Temple, first built in 1308 as a temple to worship Guanyin (the bodhisattva associated with compassion), was totally rebuilt and redesigned, beginning in 2004. It was finally completed in 2007.
Only a small part of the original structure remained and it is now a protected relic that survived wars, fire, neglect and various repairs.
"We reconstructed Donglin Temple to a high standard and it now has a brand-new style," says Wang Keqi, vice director of the Jinshan Tourism Bureau. "We hope people from all over the world can appreciate Donglin Temple during the Expo."