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Asoka Temple
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    Asoka Temple is located 20 km to the east of Ningbo, it is named after king of India—Asoka. As the only temple named after an India king left in china, it is world famous not only for its reputation as one of the Five Great China Buddhism Temples, but also for Buddhist relics it collected.

    Splendid and magnificent, the temple covers an area of 80,000㎡and has more than 600 palaces, halls, pavilions and towers, with a construction area of 14,000㎡. The temple is constructed against the Mountain. When entering the main gate, the visitors can see the fishpond, the Heaven guardian Hall, the Grand Majesty Palace, Buddha-worshipping Hall, Buddhist relics Hall, and Buddhist sutra Hall. These palaces and halls are plainly designed but delicately and magnificently constructed. Sculptures, gardens, drawings of the temple are soft and fine. Especially the Buddhist relics Hall, brilliant and grandeur, the tile piece are golden. Buddhist relics tower in the temple is the place for the store of Buddhist relics. On the side walls of the temple, there is relief sculpture of four Buddhist warrior attendants, these art works, together with relief sculpture of sixteen princes on the side wall of Buddha-worshipping hall, attract countless tourists and disciples from both home and abroad.

    There are plenty of historical objects preserved in the Asoka Temple: upper tower and lower tower is built in Yuan Dynasty. A number of stele inscriptions were written by celebrities such as Fan Di in the Tang Dynasty, Su Shi and Zhang Jiucheng in the Song Dynasty. Besides which, 7247 rolls of Buddhist sutras presented by the emperor are still preserved in the temple. In Buddhist relics Hall, the horizontal inscribed board mostly written by emperors of Song and Qing Dynasty are still hung on the top of the Buddhist Relics Palace.