Baiyun Taoist Temple

Baiyun Taoist Temple, Beijing

Baiyun Taoist Temple
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
7:55 AM - 5:02 PM
Monday
7:55 AM - 5:02 PM
Tuesday
7:55 AM - 5:02 PM
Wednesday
7:55 AM - 5:02 PM
Thursday
7:55 AM - 5:02 PM
Friday
7:55 AM - 5:02 PM
Saturday
7:55 AM - 5:02 PM
Sunday
7:55 AM - 5:02 PM
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This working temple and its serene courtyards are home to Daoist monks.
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Coral
70 contributions
Really interesting temple!
Sep 2019 • Solo
This temple was pretty big and helpfully had quite a lot of signs in English, explaining which deity each hall was dedicated to and even in the exhibition on Daoism, which helped to make it even more interesting.
Written September 14, 2019
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rsenteno
Phoenix, AZ317 contributions
Fascinating but hard to fully understand it all
Aug 2018 • Couples
I find it a little hard to understand everything the signage was lacking for everything on display but getting to see another religion in practice was fascinating for that reason alone its a must go
Written August 10, 2018
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William H
Pittsburgh93 contributions
Knowledgable guide needed
Mar 2018 • Couples
I am a student of religion and was therefore very excited to visit here. Even though I had read four books on Daoism this temple was easily not understood as the signs telling you what you are seeing are very limited. Part of this is that Daoism has so many gods that unless you are brought up being told who is who it is confusing for someone from the outside. Imagine going into a Catholic Cathedral and having only read books on Catholicism. You would be utterly lost as to which apostle or disciple that artwork is portraying. Unfortunately, my guide (who we were using for all of Beijing) had only been here once and was not much help. A sad commentary on how removed modern China is from it's spiritual roots. It is a working temple and so I am happy that it was not "tourist friendly" but it is unfortunate that such old and influential religion does not have a better "introduction" temple for rightfully curious visitors. If you can score a guide to help you it is very worthwhile because you cannot overstate the importance that Daoism has had on Chinese history.
Written July 19, 2018
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Wabi Sabi
Zurich, Switzerland486 contributions
69 contradictions are unified forming a whole
Jun 2018 • Friends
69 contradictions are unified forming a whole

The White Cloud Temple chin. 白雲觀; pinyin: Bái Yún Gùan; literally: "White Cloud Outlook" is a Daoist temple located in Beijing, China and is titled "The First Temple under Heaven".

Why?

... The realm of the infinite is the realm wherein lives the wo-/man who has attained to the tao, such a wo-/man has not only knowledge, but also actually experienced it, this experience is the experience of living in the realm of the infinite and thus makes excursions into the infinite, what it can do is to give wo-/man a point of view, from which he can see that life is more than death, mankind usefullness ...

Nothing-less is written on the walls and a visit of a very special kind ...
Written July 10, 2018
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Clive W
Orpington1,681 contributions
Excellent - make sure you have a guide
Oct 2017 • Business
I was taken here by my Chinese hosts, one of whom was able to explain much about the Taoist religion and had visited here many times.

It is an excellent temple which is still being used. Very impressive.
Highly recommended.
Written October 28, 2017
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Sabrina K
Sophia Antipolis, France27 contributions
Beautiful and peaceful
Aug 2017 • Family
A bit of a walk from the metro, but that might have contributed to the lack of tourists, a near miracle during the summer.
Written September 6, 2017
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LowProfileTraveler
Miami22 contributions
White Stork Spreads Wings
Jul 2017 • Solo
As an avid practitioner of tai chi, I could not resist the opportunity to visit a working Taoist temple. As other reviewers have mentioned, there is serenity there and much to be seen. I probably spent too much at the gift shop. Most intriguing for me, however, was the action in the back. Another reviewer had described Taoist chanting there, which I have partaken in in the States, so of course I wanted to see if it was the same. But there was no chanting on the day of my visit (a Sunday). A group of about 30 people were performing an exercise that looked like a variant of a move I know as White Stork Spreads Wings. But the way they did it was something I had never seen before. It was pretty awesome, and served to remind me that even after years of practice, I still have a long way to go.
Written July 23, 2017
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Selsy
New Zealand7,645 contributions
A new experience
Jun 2017 • Solo
I've never had the opportunity to visit a Taoist temple before, so this was a new experience. The temple is beautiful, with some explanation given at various points. It is an active temple, so there were worshippers there doing incense offerings. There were also a number of Taoist priests, who dress in traditional chinese outfits and keep their hair in a topknot. Definitely pleased I went.
Written June 22, 2017
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
Oldest Taoist working temple
Mar 2017 • Family
We used the subway Line 1 and stopped at Muxudi station. It was quite a long walk and at one point we thought that we had gone in the wrong direction. Luckily we saw a map at one of the bus stops which showed the temple site and managed to communicate with a gardener who pointed us in the right direction. This temple was initially built in 739 and is known as the White Cloud Temple. It has had several renovations since then and is the oldest temple in this city. Immediately after the entrance, there is a single span stone bridge. Devotees were throwing coins trying to hit the bell that was hung under it. A hit means everything will go well for them that year. This is a working temple and there are monks going around in their daily activities. The temple is made up of a number of halls housing various deities of Taoism. Paintings on the walls here were drawn during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Of particular interest are the huge gilded copper incense burners which had been cast in the Ming dynasty. This temple is very popular with local worshipers and we were the only tourist. Entrance is RMB10 which includes a box of incense.
Written March 30, 2017
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Laxiaozi08200912
Beijing, China1,277 contributions
Dao temple that's at its best
Mar 2016 • Solo
Was there in Sep 2011, very nice place to visit because the architecture of the temple is something very beautiful and artsy in my opinion. I truly loved all of the decorating patterns on the ceiling in many of the palaces, very good to have! Then some of them has the Shen Ye in which you can worship
Written February 12, 2017
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