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Temple of Six Banyan Trees

Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, a legacy of Buddhism, is the site of an ancient bronze Buddhist statue and Flower Pagoda, the tallest ancient structure in Guangzhou. The banyan trees were celebrated in a poem by Su Dongpo, a renowned poet who visited the temple in AD 1100. At 55m, the pagoda is the tallest in the city - from the outside it appears to have only nine storeys, but inside it has 17. The pagoda was constructed in AD 1097. It's worth climbing, although if you are tall you might end up with a collection of bruises as the doorways on the way up are very low. The temple, which may date as far back as AD 537, was originally associated with Hui Neng, the sixth patriarch of the Zen Buddhist sect. Today it serves as the headquarters of the Guangzhou Buddhist Association.

It is an active temple - be sensitive about taking photographs of monks and worshippers. Inside the Guanyin Temple is a huge golden effigy of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, to whom women burn incense and pray. Liurong Road has a colourful array of souvenir shops selling ceramics, jade and religious ornaments. There is also a bustling fruit and meat market on Ruinan Road, on the right just before you reach the temple itself.