Baiyun Si

Wutai Shan

The number of White Cloud (Bai Yun) temples in China includes a popular one in Beijing, and another in nearby Dai County. However, the temple seen here is neither of those; it is located on Mount Wutai, at the base of the South Peak. Emperors of the Qing dynasty used to stay here when they were on pilgrimage, and now it has been newly rebuilt (1995) under the direction of Abbot Changxi.

The temple's screen wall, covered with a long dedicatory inscription, forms the backdrop to an outdoor altar of Dishui Guanyin tended by guardians: one each to the left and right of the Bodhisattva, and a set of eight vidyarajas that are perched atop the wall.