Nianhua Bay: a modern Buddhist resort
2018-02-12 10:00:00

 

Nianhua Bay is a modern Buddhist resort at Wuxi's Lingshan Buddhist scenic spot, east China's Jiangsu province. /VCG Photo

Located at the Lingshan Buddhist scenic spot, Nianhua Bay presents visitors with a reason to get away from the hustle and bustle of busy city life and experience the slower pace of Zen – a Chinese strain of Buddhism.

Nianhua Bay, a modern Buddhist resort in Wuxi, east China's Jiangsu province, currently takes up an area of about 350,00 square meters, but have plans for expansion to develop into a 1,600 mu (264 acres) area establishment.

Lingshan Mountain has been identified as a permanent venue for the World's Buddhist Forum, as the site displays the unique charm of traditional Chinese culture to the world. Nianhua Bay town will therefore soon be developed into a world-class Zen travel destination.

Xiangyue Flower Street (香月花街) is the only main street across from the town. Various types of stores can be found along the street, including traditional hand-made products, local foods and different Zen-themed inns.

The style of architecture is a combination between the ancient and elegant styles of the Tang and Song dynasty. Visitors can experience creative cuisine, tea ceremonies, ikebana (flower arrangement) and learn more about incense traditions.

Locals often have a simple bonsai or flower arrangement class in the area, before enjoying a rich afternoon tea.

Nianhua Tower is a wooden pagoda and the mortise and tendon joint structure gives it a very natural appearance.

Standing at the highest point of Xiangyue Flower Street, the tower's "blessing light" from the top of the tower shines from all sides and brings good fortune.

Wudeng Lake (五灯湖), literally translating to 'five lotus lantern lake', has lotuses in the water. When night falls, a huge lotus lantern show can be seen on the lake, with five petals blooming from the center of the colorful huge lotus.

Source: chinadaily.com.cn Editor: Hiram