The city’s 1,700-year-old Lingyin Temple has set up an anti-terrorist and anti-riot squad to cope with emergencies as the peak travel season approaches.
The squad, the first such in a Chinese Buddhist temple, is made up of 20 monks aged 20 to 40 and about 20 security guards, Master Jueheng said yesterday.
The squad is equipped with shields, pepper spray and batons. “The squad members practice Buddhism in the day and take training in riot-control skills and tactics at night. Local police provide the training and guidance,” said Jueheng.
“We formed the squad to guard against violence and terrorist attack and to protect the safety of tourists and pilgrims,” he said.
The temple receives an average of 10,000 visitors a day. The number will spike on major holidays.
Source: Hangzhou International Center