Located 20 km east of Ningbo on the Asoka Mountain, the King Asoka Temple(Chinese:阿育王寺 ) is one of the most famous Zen Buddhist temples in China (and the world) because of its pagoda of Buddhist relics. The temple is over 1700 years old, and took its name from the Indian King Asoka (it’s the only one in China). The building is huge, covering 80,000 sq. m, and has over 600 halls and pavilions. The most famous part of the temple is the “Relic Hall” (舍利殿), which has golden glazed tiles adorning the roof. There is also a sculpture of something called the “Four Heavenly Guardians” and a brick carving of the “Sixteen Princes”. There are also a ton of other historical sites to visit in the area, including the Fodao Pavilion (佛道亭) and Buddha’s Footprint Rock (佛足迹巨石). It is quite nice and cool here during the summer too.
Address: Wuxiangzhen, Yinzhou District, Ningbo (Chinese:地址：浙江宁波市鄞州区五乡镇 )
Opening hours: 8:30 – 18: 00Price: 5 RMB
Getting there: ride the No. 155 bus straight to the temple