James Carter

in Heart of Buddha, Heart of China

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195398854
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894413 | DOI:

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The crowning achievement of Tanxu’s career was the founding of Verdant Peak Temple (Zhanshansi) in Qingdao. Like Harbin, Qingdao had a strong European identity, in this case as a German colony. Civil, military, religious, and commercial Chinese elites combined to sponsor the construction of the temple, combining religious and political motives. As in Yingkou and Harbin, Verdant Peak Temple was among the very first examples of traditional Chinese architecture in the city, and the temple became one of the most important Buddhist centers in north China.

Keywords: Qingdao; German colonies; Zhanshansi; nationalism; Shandong

Chapter.  3943 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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