Lying 20 km west of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, Guangfu is a famous historical and cultural ancient town with a history of over 2,500 years.
When you come across the Guangfu town, you may not see the scenery like any other water towns of south of Yangtze River that fill with bridge and pavilion. Guangfu is a peninsular located on the bank of Taihu Lake and there are ranges of verdant hills surrounding the town. With a vast area of plum blossom lying on the hill as the unique water scenery, the town becomes more attractive! Known as “the land of plenty”, Guangfu Ancient Town is also a traditional craft township and one of the birthplaces of the Suzhou embroidery.
In Guangfu, you can visit the Guangfu Temple and Dengwei Mountain, which are the highlights of the town.
Guangfu Temple, was first built in 503, after experiencing its prosperity and decline, what we can see today is built in Qing dynasty. Guangfu Temple is also called Bronze Guanyin Temple now. As As early as in 1040, a farmer used to dig earth here and discovered accidentally a bronze sculpture of Guanyin ( the Goddess of Mercy ). Then, he donated the sculpture to the temple and hence the name. The palaces in the temple are splendid.
Behind the temple, there are pavilion, pagoda, and pond integrating with the strangely shaped stone, which make the temple attractive and wonderful. Guangfu Pagoda is also called as Buddhist shrine, with a history of more than 1,400 years. Locate on the top of Guifengshan Mountain, the pagoda offers splendid views across the town and the lake.
Dengwei Mountain situated south of the town has been covered with plum trees since the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-25). It is a famous spot to appreciate plums. In late winter and early spring, plum blossoms would change the slopes into a sea of flowers.