Jiming Temple

The Jiming Temple is the oldest temple in Nanjing. It is known for its efficacy in finding marriage partners when one offers incense and prays. A lot of local residents and people from nearby cities visit the temple to worship, especially single individuals.

The temple is built against a mountain, with the Medicine Buddha Pagoda, the Great Buddha Hall, and the God of Wealth Hall situated on the hillside. These are the places where people primarily pray for good health, academic success, and career advancement. The Guanyin Hall is located at the top of the mountain, where those seeking a marital match all gather.

The Medicine Buddha Pagoda is the iconic building of the Jiming Temple, and it was once a filming location for the drama “The Legend of the White Snake”. It towers high above the scenic area and is a great spot for taking photos.

At the top of the mountain, there are two vegetarian restaurants famous for their soup dumplings and vegetarian meals. The prices are reasonable, and it’s worth a try.

The temple is always filled with the smoke of burning incense. In mid to late March, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, the temple attracts even more visitors. Therefore, it is recommended to visit in the morning if you have a wish to make.

Jiming Temple

At other times, you can enter from the south gate at the foot of the mountain, worship all the way up, and exit at the top of the mountain which leads to the Xuanwu Lake Park for a leisurely visit.

Getting there: if you are not driving, you can take Metro Line 3 directly to Jiming Temple Station, and then walk about 700 meters to reach the Jiming Temple. If you are driving, it will take about 20 minutes from the city center (Xinjiekou) to reach the scenic area.

Cost: The ticket price is 10 yuan per person. You can book your tickets in advance through the official account of “Jiming Temple of the Southern Dynasties”.

Avoiding Pitfalls

  1. Beware of fortune tellers setting up shop at the temple entrance – don’t be easily fooled.
  2. It’s prohibited to take photos or videos of the Buddha statues inside the temple, but you’re free to take pictures outside.
  3. The temple opens from 07:30 to 17:00 in winter and from 07:00 to 17:30 in summer. On the first and fifteenth day of the lunar month, the hours extend from 5:30 to 17:30.
  4. Dress appropriately when visiting the temple for worship. Sandals and short skirts are not allowed.

Itinerary

The temple is built on a mountain slope and can be slippery on rainy days. It’s recommended to visit on a clear morning. You can enjoy a vegetarian meal at the restaurant on the mountain’s peak at lunchtime. After paying your respects, you can stop by Xuanwu Lake Park on your way down.

Detailed Guide

  1. With each ticket, you’ll receive three complimentary incense sticks. You can burn them at the incense burner on the mountain top to make a wish or bring your own fruit as an offering.
  2. During the secret visit, wish cards are available for 10 Yuan each. They can be hung in the corridor on the left side of the Grand Hall after making a wish. There are various souvenir shops selling bracelets and sachets for academic and career blessings. Prices range from a few tens to thousands. Choose according to your needs and remember to cleanse before wearing them.
  3. To transcribe scriptures at the Buddhist Library, bring your ID card and exchange it for a reading permit at the service desk before entering.
  4. If you wish to make a request, it’s recommended to go early in the morning when it’s less crowded, making it easier to burn incense and pray.
  5. Visit Manjushri Bodhisattva in the Grand Hall on the mountainside for academic blessings; visit Samantabhadra Bodhisattva in the God of Wealth Hall for career blessings; visit the Medicine Buddha in the Medicine Buddha Pagoda for health blessings; visit Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva at the mountain peak for marriage blessings.
  6. It’s customary to not step on the thresholds of the temple doors but to step over them.
  7. The temple sells souvenirs like 18-bead bracelets and red-string sachets. If you find something you like, feel free to purchase it.

Jiming Temple

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