Famed in East Asia because of the poem ¡°A
Night Moring by "Maple Bridge" by Tang Dynasty poet Zhang
Ji, Hanshan Temple, Cold Mountain Temple literally in
English, is a Buddhist temple and monastery located
at the town of Fengqiao (literally in English meaning
Maple Bridge), about 5 km west of Suzhou.
The Bell of Hanshan Temple
Thanks to a well-known poem, Hanshan Temple became even
more famous and a place that many people long for. In
the poem written by Zhang Ji, the bells of Hanshan Temple
were an important image.
There are two bells used at Hanshan Temple
currently, both of which dated back to the late Qing
Dynasty when the temple was last rebuilt. The original
Tang Dynasty bell that may appear as an image in Zhang
Ji poem is believed by some to have been taken to Japan
in ancient times.
A Buddhist Temple
As a Buddhist Temple, Hanshan Temple presents Buddhist
statues for people's worship, such as the
statues of the Buddhist patriarch Sakyamuni. Bronze
statues of three famed monks are in the Hongfa Hall:
Xuan Zang (a Tang Dynasty monk and translator), Jian
Zhen (a Tang Dynasty monk who once went to preach Buddhism
in Japan), and Kong Hai (a Japanese monk who studied
Buddhism in China in the 9th century).