Longhua Buddhist Temple was once the largest temple in Wuhan. Because of its size and significance, this temple was even mentioned in the famous ancient novel The Scholars (《儒林外史》). In chapter 38, there is a description of Longhua Buddhist Temple; it reads, "Sitting within the Binyang Gate (宾阳门) of Wuchang City is a very large temple. It is said to have been there for several hundred years."
According to the explanation inscribed on the wall, in 1958, the monks at Longhua Buddhist Temple left to make room for 127 Bhiksuni, Buddhist nuns, from 76 smaller temples.
In The Scholars, it was also mentioned, "Inside the temple, there is the Hall of Mahavira, where Buddhist practitioners worship. There are also other facilities, like the Hall of the Goddess Guanyin (观音殿), the Hall of the Arhats (罗汉堂), dining halls, and meditation rooms." However, these facilities were once destroyed by winds and rains. In 1994, Longhua Buddhist Temple was rebuilt, but not to its original size. In 2011, the temple was renovated and restored to its former glory.
Transportation: The temple is located at the foot of Snake Hill, opposite the Shouyi Campus of Zhongnan University of Economics and Law. If you want to visit this temple, you can take trolley bus No. 4 or bus No. 16 and get off at Longhuasi Station on Wuluo Road (武珞路龙华寺站).