More than 300 rock carvings adorn the “Peak that Flew from Afar”, named in honor of the Indian monk Hui Li who commented that the mountain looked exactly like one in India. Between the 10th and 14th centuries, this peak's rock surfaces were covered with Buddhist statues. Look out for the Laughing Buddha, known as the Maitreya or the Buddha of the Future: “his belly is big enough to contain all intolerable things in the world; his mouth is ever ready to laugh at all snobbish persons under heaven.”
Rub his belly and your wish – if not too materialistic – might come true. Fashioned after imperial palaces,Chinese Buddhist temples do not really resemble those in other Buddhist countries. Generally they consist of at least three groups of buildings separated by courtyards.
Buddhists don’t visit their temples at a designated time, but rather when they can and vow to improve their behavior. Typical such vows include not hurting any living thing, not drinking alcohol and always speaking kindly. Visitors can sometimes join in temple worship activities such as meditations, incense lightings, chants and offerings.