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Wudangzhao is a National Key Cultural Relics Protection Unit, a National 4A Tourist Attraction, and one of China's Four Famous Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries.
Architectural style: The lamasery is a group of traditional Tibetan buildings with white walls and flat roofs, dotted about the 1-mile-long mountain slope of .
Construction layout: Unlike typical Tibetan temples, built like courtyards with enclosing walls, the buildings of Wudangzhao have an open layout, with each building being independent and distributed irregularly on the mountain slope and the valley.
The main buildings: It is composed of six halls, three Buddhist shrines, and one funeral hall for storing ashes of former Buddhas. Besides, there are many residences for monks.
The three-floor Suguqin Hall is the main hall and the largest in the lamasery. This is the main assembly hall where all the monks gather to chant sutras or have meetings.
According to statistics, there are over 150,000 Buddhist statues at Wudangzhao, with sizes rang from several meters tall to inches small, made of materials like gold, copper, wood and even mud.
There is also a large collection of Buddhist arts in the lamasery vividly depicting folklores, figures, animals and plants as well as Buddhist stories, which provide precious resources for studies of Tibetan, Mongolian ethnic religions and culture.
Since 1763, there have been seven living Buddhas at Wudangzhao, and the last one died in 1955. Their ashes were stored in the funeral hall.
In its prime time, there were over 1,200 monks at Wudangzhao. Besides normal Buddhist activities and pilgrimage, Wudangzhao is a famous lecturing lamasery in Inner Mongolia. It has a school for monks to learn sutras and study Buddhism.
Among the many Buddhist activities there, the most popular one has to be the temple fair. Every year from July 25 till August 1 on lunar calendar, all the monks at Wudangzhao will chant sutra at Suguqin Hall.
At dusk, the monks will walk around the lamasery holding prayer wheels, blowing religious pipes and beating sheepskin drums. Pilgrims and tourists all gather there to watch this magnificent scene and take part in the celebrating activities.
Best time to visit: June–September
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