From my base in Shenzhen, over 11 years of travel across
the Middle Kingdom to find what's ancient in a modern land

(more about my travels in China)

The Stone Pagoda Temple, Yangzhou

This beautiful little carved stone pagoda stands in a traffic island near the central intersection of Yangzhou in Jiangsu Province.

According to the plaque nearby, it was part of Mulan Temple. ("Mulan" is a kind of magnolia; it's the same characters as the legendary girl hero that the Disney film Mulan was based on.)

The pagoda was built in the year 838, in the Tang Dynasty, to hold Buddhist relics.(That's the purpose of most pagodas.)

It has five stories and six sides, with (once upon a time) a total of 24 finely carved Buddhas. It was repaired in 1964.

The pagoda is all that remains of Mulan Temple. For this reason, it is generally refered to as "Shi Ta Si": Stone Pagoda Temple.

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