The Suzhou New Year’s Eve Bell Ringing and Felicity Worshipping Activity at Hanshan Temple is a major pilgrimage and tourism event welcoming tens of thousands of visitors from home and abroad. The event takes place every year in Suzhou, a beautiful waterside city in Jiangsu province in South China.
The earliest grand gathering in China
The Suzhou New Year’s Eve Bell Ringing and Felicity Worshipping Activity has been an exceptionally grand occasion since its establishment in 1979. Every New Year's Eve, thousands of visitors gather inside and outside the temple to listen to 108 bell tolls and pray for luck and happiness in the new year.
This year, the 34th Suzhou New Year Eve Bell Ringing & Felicity Worshipping Activity coincides with the 1,510-year anniversary of the establishment of Hanshan Temple. It is themed around “harmonious culture,” a symbol representing traditional Chinese culture.
The activity aims to carry forward the spirit of harmony. It also seeks to promote communication between Suzhou and other regions by attracting more tourists to participate in the New Year’s prayer.
The Hanshan Temple bell and eternal harmonious culture
Hanshan Temple was originally built during the reign of Tianjian in the Liang Dynasty (AD 502-557). It became well-known in China for a classical Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) poem called Mooring to the Maple Bridge at Night by Zhang Ji.
Hanshan Temple is an ideal place where domestic and international poets and literati can escape the hustle and bustle of city life and find inspiration while communing with nature. It is said that listening to the special bell on New Year’s Eve at Hanshan Temple will bring hope and well-being.
Pray for peace as the midnight bell rings
Come to Hanshan Temple to rest. When the midnight bell rings, let it signify new and better things in the future.
The best New Year’s gift
Those who are interested in the activity can book tickets on www.17u.cn from today until Dec 25. Don’t hesitate to leave your blessings (within 15 words) on the website, we’ll print them out and put them on lanterns which will be hung on buildings near the bell tower at Hanshan Temple.