The homeland of peacocks

In the west of Yunnan Province China, there is a beautiful piece of land, which is named Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture.

Hansha Temple in Ruili


  Situated in Hansha Village in Mengmao, Hansha Temple is one of the most celebrated grand temples in Ruili. The former abbot of the temple, Wubingya Wensa was an eminent Theravada Buddhism monk. He enjoyed great prestige as a member of national CPPCC, the vice president of Advisory Committee of the Buddhism Association of China, the vice chairman of Yunnan Buddhism Association. In 2002, the prestigious monk passed away. The size, standard and attendants of the funeral excelled any other dharma assemblies, making it the grandest one in Dehong history.Thousands of civilians and disciples from the China-Myanmar bordering areas attended the funeral.

  Seated in a Dai village, surrounded by bamboo and banyan trees, the temple features distinctive ethnic flavors. It stands out as an elite of Dai architecture and a treasure house of Dai culture. According to historical records in Dai writing, the temple used to be the capital of the Mengmao Kingdom. The story also goes that mandarin ducks used to perch here.

  The wooden temple enjoys bright and colorful decoration. A grand statue of graceful and amiable Sakyamuni is seated in the center of the temple, with statues of five disciples beside it. The roof and wall of the temple is covered by paintings of such mascots as peacocks, white elephants and dragons. Over the beams hang colorful flags.