BRIEF INTRODUCTION Pilu Temple lies in Shangjing Village in the western suburbs of Shijiazhuang It is an ancient temple of Chinese Buddhist Ancestor Linji and is famous for its well-preserved fine ancient frescos. It was first built in the 8th century, namely, the reign of the Tang Emperor Xuanzong, and was renovated in every dynasty Pilu Palace, the main palace, was built on a one-meter-high platform The width is three bays and the depth is two bays. There are entrance halls both in the front and in the back. The whole architecture is in the form of a croons. Because of the Pleasing appearance and the peculiar structure, its local name is Temple of Five Flowers and Eight Angles. Because Pilu Zhena Buddha (in the Indian Language, it means the light illuminating all things) is enshrined and worshipped in the temple, it is called Pilu Temple.
The bright-colored frescos in the palace are relics of the 14th century, in the late Yuan Dynasty and the early Ming Dynasty. It covers 130 square meters. The frescos on the four walls of the main palace are the most splendid, and are divided into three parts. There are more than 500 portraits, including the heaven, the hell, the human world, arhats, town gods, gnomes, loyal courtiers and excellent generals. The 500 portraits are divided into 122 groups, and beside each group are the name and the title, featuring the combination of three different religions. From the design to the painting, the frescos in Pilu Temple embody a very high level of art. Many characters in various postures are in a harmonious whole. On the one hand, they form a group in threes or fives, and on the other hand, each is a complete painting in its own right, thus forming a mini picture featuring a combination of the main and the subordinate, and full of diversity. The frescos in Pilu Temple have rather high artistic value, and are of great significance to the research on ancient social life, customs, fine arts and the art of traditional painting. It is a treasure of the relics of Chinese ancient frescos.
TOURIST GUIDE Pilu Temple is very near to Baodu Village scenic Area and Zhengding Scenic Area. You can visit the three places together •
SERVICES Pilu Temple is very near to the urban area, so you can get board and lodging there.
HOW TO GET THERE Drive southward along Beijing-Shenzhen Expressway, proceed to Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan Express way at Shitai Exit, get off at Shiqing Exit, and drive northwest along Shiyan Road to Shangjing Village. If you go to Shijiazhuang by train and get off Shijiazhuang North Station, take a bus to Pingshan or Xibaipo and get off at Shangjing Village.
TELEPHONE Administrative office of Pilu Temple: 86-3 11-87775241