Baiyun Temple (Ningxiang)

Baiyun Temple(simplified Chinese: 白云寺; traditional Chinese: 白雲寺; pinyin: Báiyún Sì), built in the twelfth year (858) of the age of Dazhong (847–860) of Tang Xuanzong (810–859) in the Tang dynasty (618–907).[1] It is listed on the culture relic preservations of Changsha, where Mao Zedong did social research in 1917. With a superbly vast outlook, it serves as an important site for Buddhist activities. It includes the Entrance, Torii, Deities Hall, Hall of the Great Heroes, Assisted dnyana, Dining Room, etc.[1]

Baiyun Temple
Bai Yun Temple 10.JPG
The torii gate.
LocationShuangfupu Town, Ningxiang, Hunan
Baiyun Temple (Ningxiang) is located in Hunan
Baiyun Temple (Ningxiang)
Shown within Hunan
Baiyun Temple (Ningxiang) is located in China
Baiyun Temple (Ningxiang)
Baiyun Temple (Ningxiang) (China)
Geographic coordinates28°06′33″N 112°20′14″E / 28.10917°N 112.33722°E / 28.10917; 112.33722Coordinates: 28°06′33″N 112°20′14″E / 28.10917°N 112.33722°E / 28.10917; 112.33722
CompletedAD 858


The name of the Baiyun Temple derives from the view of temple shrouded by white clouds.


Entrance. The architrave is engraved with the Chinese characters "南楚靈山" (南楚靈山 means the spiritual mountain in south Hunan) written by Qing dynasty Chinese statesman and military leader Zuo Zongtang (1812–1885). Chinese characters "靈秀" (靈秀 means delicately beautiful) and "神奇" (神奇 means miraculous) written by former Venerable Master of the Buddhist Association of China Yicheng (1927–2017) are engraved on both sides.

Tang dynasty (618–907)Edit

In 858, in the twelfth year (858) of the age of Dazhong (847–860) of Tang Xuanzong (810–859) in the Tang dynasty (618–907), master Guang'en (光恩禅师) built Qinglin Temple (清林寺) in Su Rever, in Huilong Mountain (回龙山粟溪).[1]

Ming dynasty (1638–1644)Edit

Wang Bi (王陛) and his son Wang Weihan (王维汉) extended Baiyun Temple.[2]

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)Edit

Hall of the Great Heroes

In 1646, in the third year of the age of Shunzhi of Shunzhi Emperor (1638–1661), Tao Runai (陶汝鼐; 1601–1683) rebuilt Baiyun Temple.[2]

In the period of the Qianlong Emperor (1736–1796), Wanxing (万行) rebuilt Baiyun Temple.[2] In 1763, in the twenty-eighth year of the age of the Qianlong Emperor, Qinglin Temple and Baiyun Temple were consolidated and renamed "Baiyun Temple".[2]

In the period of the Daoguang Emperor (1821–1850), the monks rebuilt Baiyun Temple.[2]

People's Republic of ChinaEdit

In 1988, the People's Government of Ningxiang rebuilt Baiyun Temple.[2] In 1989,[3][citation needed] the Ningxiang Buddhist Association was set up in Baiyun Temple.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Huang Haichao & Jiang Hongzhao (2002), p. 51.
  2. ^ a b c d e f 《白云寺香火鼎盛》 [Baiyun Temple, Here Incense Its Peak]. (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2009-12-17.
  3. ^ 宁乡白云寺长沙湖南寺院 [Ningxiang Baiyun Temple in Changsha, Hunan]. (in Chinese). 2013-07-19.


  • Huang Haichao; Jiang Hongzhao (2002-09-01). "Tourism: Famous Scenic Spots and Historical Sites" 旅游业:名胜古迹. 宁乡史地 [History and Geography of Ningxiang] (in Chinese). Haikou, Hainan: Nanfang Publishing House. ISBN 7-80660-538-X.