Guangzhou sure packs a mean punch when it comes to temples and The Temple of Six Banyan Tree is another one of the city's heavy hitters. Originally built in 537 during the Southern dynasties, the temple was tragically burnt down then thankfully rebuilt in the Northern Song Dynasty. Never the less, while the temple's name and structure may have changed throughout history, the temple has managed to remains one of the most famous of its kind in the country.
Named by a writer called Su Shi captivated by the six trees on his visit, the centre piece of the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees is these days the 57.6 metre high Flower Pagoda. The name itself ignites the imagination and will make plenty of sense when you see the roof curving upwards and looking like dark red flower petals. A little word of warning though before you get too excited is that unfortunately you cannot go inside what is the highest old architecture in the city.
3 huge bronze statues, each of which are 6 metres high and weigh 10 tons are something you can get right up close with though along with the Laughing Buddha which greets you as you enter through the mountain gate. With a much more stern face is the statue of Weituo, a general who according to legend recaptured Buddhist relics that had been stolen.
As much an attraction as the temple's relics are its grounds and the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees makes a peaceful place to relax and is often used as a place for local ceremonies. Returning to the frenzy of Guangzhou, at the top of the street you'll find some excellent shopping. Something from the maze of electronics all at very Chinese prices are just likely to make their way home with you as a souvenir from the temple itself.