Baoguo Temple./保國寺。[Photo by Tang Yan]唐嚴攝
By Xu Zhuowei
Baoguo Temple has a long history. It was founded in the Eastern Han Dynasty, expanded in the Tang Dynasty, and witnessed its heyday in the Northern Song Dynasty. The majestic main hall, which has been preserved to this day, was rebuilt in 1013 during the Northern Song Dynasty. As the oldest and best-preserved timber structure in southern China, it has great historical, artistic and research significance and is considered a gem of architecture.
Baoguo Temple is located at the foot of Lingshan Hill in Hongtang Town, Jiangbei District, Ningbo. It is famous for the exquisite architectural techniques employed. The Temple's buildings have a simple and elegant design, surrounded by beautiful, well-kept gardens and points of interest such as Linglong Spring, Xianren Bridge, and Diejin Terrace. It is a unique destination that showcases cultural legacy in a well-protected natural environment.