Gantong Temple

Gantong Temple
The Gantong Temple, or Tangshan Temple, is on the southern slope of Shengying Peak in the Cangshan Mountains, five kilometers south of the ancient city of Dali. The temple faces Erhai Lake, with its back to the snow-covered Cangshan Mountains in the south.
Embraced by undulating hills, green trees and beautiful surroundings, the place has always been a scenic spot and a sacred place of Buddhism. It was constructed in the Tang Dynasty and there were 36 halls in all. Owing to ravages of soldiery in history, all the halls except one have   fallen into ruins.  One of them is now under reconstruction. There is also a legend of gantong-Temple, it is Legend that, Wu Ming-Hong, the abbot of the temple - a great Master pilgrimage to Nanjing Ming Taizu emperor, and brought a white horse, a tea. At the time of hand over it is just the spring, the white horse is calling, and the tea is blooming. At that time, the Ming Taizu thought that the horse calling and the tea blooming is a good auspicious omen for Ming dynasty, and then give the Wuji monk a name which is "Fa tian", and delegate his duties as "Dali House Gang Secretary monks are the key link," (when the Buddhist temple management monk duties), and send 18 poems. The place all-monks come to welcome the Wuji returned built a temple later, but also the building of the temple, known as classes Hill (now the side of Ganeong Temple). Since then the Gantong hill temple is getting famous.
It is composed of the Main Court and the Great Hall to the west of the Court. To the left of the front of the Hall is a bronze belling weighing hundreds of kilograms and to the right there was originally a big drum with a diameter of nearly two meters. But the drum no longer survives. The temple is appreciated as the foremost in Southwest China for its quiet environment, imposing halls and numerous ceremonies.