Yesterday it was our local hundred years old sweet-scented osmanthus festival in the hillside village called Wang-ao. Today we went to Tian Tong, scenic spot of Tiantong National park and famous Tiantong Temple. Happenly it was Green Trip Day, we took the metro for four stops, then changed to a bus 162 to the end destination of Tian Tong station. One stop before that is Tian Tong Scenic Area’s Information Centre for private cars.
The sweet scented osmanthus flowers fell off along the way.
These trees were planted along the road near the forest.
Rare old Chinese trees are located at the front part of the Temple and along the way to two pools, where released fish, turtles are living proof of this old temple. The temple has a history of more than 1700 years with Chinese emperors’ worship and late Japanese Foseng leaders’ impact. It is surrounded by six hills of National Park, mainly the Taibai Hill.
The front entry has a statute inscribed with Tian Tong Temple. The temple has big trees of pseudolarix, five-leaved pine, Sabina chinensis, metasequoia, camphor, Magnolia grandiflora. The Sabina chinensis was almost 1000 years old. The rare metasequoia is one of the world’s most ancient tree species from China.
On both sides of the Square, together there are eighteen Luohan Budda sculptures.
By the creek, there is a beautiful tree, Senna surattensis with yellow and red flowers.
A few tea plantations in the inner road of old pilgrim way to the temple. Flos hibisci blooms.
Maple tree with its red leaves are pleasant for the coming golden autumn days.
If you check out the Tiantong National Park on Baidu map, you could also book an entry ticket in advance. You would pay a discounted fee of 15rmb, for one ticket with the benefit of another for free if you book before 8am. The door price is 20rmb.
The best time to visit is after the weather cools down and the mosquitos disappear in the mountain.