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'Cradle of Chinese Buddhism' embraces world (4)

By Liu Xiangrui and Li Yao (China Daily)

10:24, January 07, 2012

The Thai shrine was built in the 1990s when Thailand donated a statue of Buddha to the temple.

It has expanded from less than 3,000 to more than 10,000 sq m, with an investment of 30 million yuan, mostly from Thai religious groups, Wang said.

"I love this idea. We can get a good look at foreign temples without going abroad," said Li Na, a tourist. But the 36-year-old bank employee from Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province, said she expected more than just fascinating buildings.

"Right now, only the Indian garden is open, and it looks rather empty inside. But it's their cultures that interest me most," she said.

Tang, the tourist, said: "We come here to appreciate not only the architecture, but also the deeper Buddhist messages. Most of us are not familiar with Buddhism in India. Maybe Baima Temple can do more to help visitors learn about foreign Buddhist cultures, inviting monks from abroad to present their Buddhist practices during peak tourist seasons."

With the opening of more foreign gardens, some tourists worry that ticket prices will rise.

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