Guangzhou, in southern China, is a thriving district where modernity, spirituality and nature provide a fusion of experiences to soothe the body, mind and soul. From scenic mountains to serene temples to breathtaking scenery, Guangzhou has it all. To explore all the area has to offer, you wouldn’t go wrong investing in one of fine service apartments in Guangzhou in the heart of the lively city. The Ascott Guangzhou is one option out of all the quality serviced apartments Guangzhou has to offer its visitors that features modern conveniences in a central location with easy transport links to all the city’s main attractions. Make sure you visit the history Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, which boasts an impressive history spanning 1,400 years. Built in 537, it has undergone several face-lifts and name changes, with the most recent one courtesy of the poet Su Dongpu, who enjoyed a visit at the temple so much, that when the abbot asked him to offer a name for the temple, he composed an inscription titled “Six Banyan Trees”, which eventually was adopted as the temple’s official moniker. The iconic Flower Pagoda was built in 1097 and so named because of its multi-hued exterior. The pagoda houses a range of Buddhist relics and a climb to the top will reveal a panoramic view of the cityscape. The Daxiong Baodian Hall, which is the temple’s main space, contains three large copper Buddha statues, the Amitabha, the Sakymuni and the Apothecary Buddha, which represent the past, present and future, respectively. Remember to light an incense stick when you’re there for luck, and it is a tradition practiced by the locals for the fulfillment of wishes. In addition, the temple’s close proximity to the international consulates has made it an important destination for families adopting children from China. A regular practice is to bless the new family additions in front of the Quan Yin statue, the goddess of infinite compassion in Chinese Buddhism.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.