|Baofan Temple |
In Baofan Village, Red City Town, Pengxi County, there is a Buddhism temple, Baofan Temple, which was built in the early North Song Dynasty with a name of Luohan Temple. It was renamed as Baofan Temple by Emperor Yingzong in Song Dynasty. Baofan means the best of the Buddhist and the treasure in the Buddhism. The Temple locates in the middle of Shishan Mountain, surrounded by ancient trees and hills. The temple situates in the north and faces to the south with main buildings including: Tianwang Hall, Daxiongbaodian Hall, Pilu Hall, Kwan-yin Hall, Wuliang Hall, and Bell Tower and Drum Tower, etc. The Daxiongbaodian Hall is well protected until now, which is regarded as the best work in the middle age of Ming Dynasty.
In the Daxiong Hall, there is a 150 ㎡ fresco under Province-level Protection. The fresco is about Buddhism and Taoism. The Ming Dynasty painting “The West Land” composed by 10 pictures, is on the back of the eighteen golden figures of arhats. Another Qing Dynasty painting named “Record of a Journey to the West” is composed by 64 pictures, in which the figures are as vivid as the real people, and the technique of painting is so exquisite that somebody said the style of the painting is quite alike the style of the famous artist Wu Daozi.