Sertar (Seda) Wuming Buddhist School in May

Sertar Wuming Buddhist School is open to the public. Everyone can visit it in 2016. It is located 20km south to the town of Seda and one full day’s drive from Chengdu.

Sertar Buddhist School
Sertar Buddhist School

It is one of the favorate places in Sichuan for photographers. The stunning views of Sertar are of densely built monk dormitories and temples in the valley of Larungga. At present the road at some sections are still under construction but it will be compeleted soon. By then the driving will be shorter from Chengdu.

The Origin of the name of Sichuan

Si means the number four, Chuan has two meanings, one is River and the other one is plain. But Sichuan does not mean four big rivers although we do have four big river in this province.

Sichuan Ancient Map
Sichuan History

Before Tang Dynasty, Sichuan (Four Chuan) was called Erchuan (Two Chuan), here Chuan means plain. Chuan was used to name a place that has vast and fertil land. During Tang Dynasty, Sichuan was called Sanchuan(Three Chuan) for a time when another Chuan was added under the govern of today’s Sichuan. From Song Dynasty, another Chuan was added so it has four Chuan by then but it was not called Sichuan until Yuan Dynasty when the Mongolians were in power after Song Dynasty. And we used the name Sichuan since then.

But today, the false belief of its origin is more popular because the rivers are very distinct in this province although in fact, Chuan means plain in Sichuan.

Traditional Spring Festival Activity – Temple Fairs

 

The Spring Festival is around the corner. The Chinese families are gathering together from afar, and preparing for the new year. The auspicious Zodiac animal of this year will be the Monkey. During the Spring Festival, one of the most popular activities for Chinese people is to go to the Temple Fairs which are usually held in cultural attractions in Sichuan themed ranging from the Three Kongdoms, the Ancient Shu Kingdom, folk customs, poetry and food.

Chengdu Temple Fair
Chengdu Temple Fair

As the cultural center of Sichuan, Chengdu generally hold many temple fairs each year, such as the Chengdu Temple Fair, Chengdu Jinsha Sun Festival, Chengdu Dufu Festival, etc. It is said the Temple Fair of this year will be held double during Feb 7 to Feb 10 and Feb 22 and focus on the Three Kingdom History, Silk Road Culture and monkey. The Jinsha Sun Festival will show the brilliant cultural achievements created by the ancient Chengdu. The Dufu Festival comes to the 7th this year, and is a great chance for people to reminisce this great poet of Tang Dynasty.

Chengdu Temple Fair
Chengdu Temple Fair