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Wu Xian Guan(Temple of the Five Immortals)

Wu Xian Guan(Temple of the Five Immortals)is dedicated to the "five immortals". It was built in the 10th year of Hongwu's reign of the Ming Dynasty (1377 A. D.). The huge recess in the shape of a footprint on the naked red sandstone was mistaken for the footprint of an immortal at ancient times. In fact, the strong current from the Pearl River crashed against the banks over times formed it. The site of the temple was close to the river before the Jin Dynasty.

Legend

It is said that during the reign of Yi King of the Zhou Dynasty, five immortals in colorful robes, each riding a colored goat holding an ear of grain in its mouth came down to Guangzhou . They gave the grain to the residents as gift, blessing the land free from famine forever. The immortals then flew with the wind to the sky and the five goats left behind turned into stone. So Guangzhou is also known as the Goat City or the Sui city (the Rice-Ear City) because of this legend. Later, to commemorate these five immortals, people built Wu Xian Guan, sculptured the statue of five immortals on goats and placed them in the temple to be worshiped. There are also 14 steles of script from the Song Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty as well as a couple of stone Kirins.

Huge Bronze Bell

This bronze bell weighs about 5,000 kg. The bottom of the bell is a square silo connecting with the door opening that forms a huge resonator.  People far away can hear it clearly whenever the bell rings.    

The huge bell is 3 meters in height, 2 meters in diameter.  It is the largest bronze bell still existing in Guangzhou.