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'Cradle of Chinese Buddhism' embraces world (5)

By Liu Xiangrui and Li Yao (China Daily)

10:24, January 07, 2012

"They will stay at the present level, 50 yuan, for a few years, and no extra fees will be charged to enter the International Temples Zone," said Hu Xuanyan, an official from Luoyang religious affairs bureau.

The temple receives about 1 million tourists a year, which brings it an annual income of 20 million yuan.

"The foreign temples are great news for me. People can worship Buddha as is done in different countries - and I believe all the world's Buddhists belong to one family," said Shi Chengjuan, 46, a Buddhist and frequent visitor to Baima Temple.

Zhang Zong, a researcher specializing in Buddhist fine arts at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, also welcomed the move to build the International Temples Zone.

"It will be a center of communication among religious groups from different countries. Tourists will gain eye-opening experience and knowledge of the historical ties and development of Buddhism in China, Asia as a whole and beyond," Zhang said.

Xiang Mingchao contributed to this story.

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