Lihua House is located at the foot of Jiulong Hill, which is an important tourism site in Tengchong. It was built by Wang Hongzuo, a local scholar of Baoshan City in the Qing Dynasty. It is a holy Buddhist land in Tengchong, with a history of more than 300 years.
The terrain of the house is protruding on all sides while the center is concave. Also, there are many large pear trees in the surroundings. When the pear flowers blossom in spring, it is as white as the snow, like the clouds and brocades, hence the name. It is also called Dali Garden.
History of Lihua House
According to the legend, Wang Hongzuo returned to his hometown to visit his relatives after he got success. He was drowning in danger at Dongting Lake; the Bodhisattva rescued him and gave him the directions on Jiulong Mountain. In order to thank Buddha, Wang built this Buddhist temple and set the statue of Bodhisattva for the public to worship. In the main hall, there are three crystal-clear and priceless jade Buddhas statues, which are the rare treasures.
Features of Lihua House
The buildings in Lihua House were built in 1661 during the Qing Dynasty. The buildings include Ciyun Pavilion, Tibetan Scripture Building, Yuezui Building, Woyun Building, Yangyun Pond, Yuhua Pavilion and Weituo Temple. The buildings are arranged orderly and the environment is beautiful in peace. The main building, Ciyun Pavilion, has the towering floors and winged eaves. It is a place where the pilgrims pray for the good luck.
The temple is surrounded by flowers and trees. Especially in spring every year, the pear flowers bloom like the clouds or snow, and the fragrance is overflowing, making it a good tourist attraction for people to enjoy leisurely.
Passing through the main gate, you can see several temples built along the mountain. Under the bright sunshine, the breeze in the mountain is refreshing. The glazed tiles of the temple are glowing with the golden light and the mountain echoes the clear sound of wind chimes on the eaves of the temple.