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Dunhuang of China.

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Nanguo Temple lies in the mountain, about 2km south of Tianshui City. It covers an area of 5.7 hectares. As one of the eight notable scenic attractions of Tianshui, there are leafy trees, towering cypresses. The seasonal blossoms and singing birds enliven the picturesque scenery.

  As a major temple in eastern Gansu Province, it has been recognized as a major historical and cultural site under provincial-level protection and a patriotism education base. Nanguo Temple enjoys an inheritable history. It was called Miaosheng Academy in the Song Dynasty and given a name of Zen Forest Temple by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing dynasty. With a history of over 1600 years, Nanguo Temple has a destination of sightseeing for poets and literary men in different dynasties. As early as in the Tang dynasty, its construction was already in considerable size. Inside the temple are such architectural attractions as the Hall of the Heavenly Kings, Bell and Drum Tower, Zen Forest Courtyard, Hall of Sage Guanyu, Hall of Poet Dufu and Beiliu Spring Pond. There are locust trees of the Tang dynasty and Han dynasty cypresses, with their branches reaching high into the sky.

  You can find here, among the relics, the poems especially dedicated to Nanguo Temple by Li Bai and Du Fu, the two renowned poets in the history of Chinese literature. There is the ancient cypress planted in the Spring and Autumn Period, regarded as the rare treasure. The cultural relics have survived many centuries, and they definitely are the treasure of Chinese nation.