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Beijing Tianning Tower
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Coral
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Pretty tower
Sep 2019 • Solo
The tower was really cool. But it was really all there was to see at this temple, so it's very quick to visit, so probably only go if you're already in the area.
Written September 14, 2019
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,064 contributions
Hidden Gem
May 2019 • Friends
Due to its somewhat out of the way location, not many sightseers visit this Buddhist temple. For me, it was a 12-minute walk from the Doubletree by Hilton Beijing hotel. Worshippers use it, and I saw several Buddhist monks. The main attraction is the 13-story, 8-sided pagoda, built sometime between 1100 and 1120. Unlike many pagodas which are made of wood, it has a similar exterior but is made of brick and stone. During my visit, I saw many of the buildings being renovated. The pagoda show damage, which I hope will be repaired in the future. Some of the paintings on the premises are very beautiful.
Written May 28, 2019
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InnaYYZ
Toronto, Canada1,489 contributions
Place of worship
May 2019 • Friends
The ancient temple complex with the octagonal pagoda is actively used s a place of worship. During my visit some people were praying, and a young monk or student was sounding the call to prayers.
Written May 28, 2019
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Slick Vic V
Queanbeyan, Australia107 contributions
Oldest Pagoda in Beijing
May 2018 • Couples
I believe this is the oldest building you can see in Beijing. It’s found in a quiet temple (Tianningsi) just off the line 2 metro, so just outside where the old walls of the city were. It’s in the south west corner of this line, about a fifteen minute walk from the station. The temple itself is free and has no monks only the occasional worshipper. The current structure, apparently, dates from the Liao Dynasty- except for the pearl at the top of the structure that was repaired after the Tangshan earthquake. Well worth it for history buffs.
Written May 6, 2018
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melissarane
Cincinnati, OH108 contributions
Beautiful, peaceful place
Apr 2017 • Solo
This truly is a hidden gem in Beijing. I saw it from the highway and realized it was a short walk from a long gymnastics practice. Entry is free. The old pagoda is beautiful, especially because it shows it's age.

There are zero tourists, and lots of locals there to truly pray. It's like going to a beautiful local parish vs the well-known cathedral.

I stayed only 10 minutes but I could have spent up to an hour sitting and watching people. It is relatively close (by car) to the more popular Lama Temple.
Written April 29, 2017
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bonanza1973
San Carlos, CA598 contributions
You can see the tower from a distance
May 2016 • Solo
Not easily accessible by metro. Probably a 20 - 25 minute walk from any metro station. Honestly, my focus was only on the tower that I don't remember any other features of the site. It's a Buddhist temple and worshipers are seen praying and burning incense. However, no monks. A few English signs with brief details are found on building entrances.. All this pales to the tower which you can see from a distance. Entrance into the tower is not found, so I could only walk around the base.

Free admittance.
Written May 11, 2016
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tensaisimon
Beijing, China271 contributions
Oldest Architecture in Beijing City
Mar 2016 • Couples
The tower was at first built around 600 AD (Sui Dynasty) to house the precious and sacred relics of Buddha. In 1120 AD (Liao Dynasty) it was rebuilt and transformed into a brick tower. As the oldest above-ground building in the City of Beijing, it's of great significance for scholars in architecture and archeology, for it not only demonstrates how Chinese architects design and build up a tower 1000 years ago, but also implies much information about the city layout, religion and aesthetics of the Liao Dynasty. The little temple in which the Tower stands is popular among some faithful local Buddist believers, but unlike some other religious sites, it's both FREE and PEACEFUL. Fortunately most tourist do not care about or know here, so the Tower can remain in a sacred peace.
Written March 5, 2016
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bladdamasta
Manly, Australia879 contributions
Fascinating place which is peaceful because of lack of fame
Nov 2015
This place is not well known, but deserves to be. Its anonymity means that any visit is quite contemplative (if there are ceremonies going on described below). When you see signs for Tianning Si around you know you are close. It is in between Tianning Si and Guang'annen bridges

The massive smoke stack nearby also gives you a pointer that you are near. There doesn't appear to be a charge for entry. The Pagoda has seen better days - but it is great to see one that hasn't been rebuilt after being destroyed by the French or British.
Written November 3, 2015
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DrMSuleiman
Manchester, UK86 contributions
Wonderful Discovery
Apr 2015 • Friends
I discovered this pagoda while walking around looking for something else, but it was quite difficult to get to (just because I was walking through the back streets trying to get near its location). The history of the beautiful edifice is palpable, and the great thing is that this is not a tourist haunt; the people here seemed to be coming to it because it was a temple.It is very high and very impressive, and I was amazed that it had survived the vicissitudes of the centuries. Perhaps not a place to spend a very long time, but definitely worth the effort to see.
Written April 21, 2015
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Qupnicely
Beijing, China5,175 contributions
Quiet, working temple
Nov 2011
Tianning Si is located just outside the south-west 2nd ring road - very easy to get to by cab and can also be reached by public transport, e.g. subway line 2 to Changchunjie and bus 673 for one stop plus a 10min walk south, though this is more involved. The temple only used to open at full-moon but is now open every day from 9am until 4pm. I went on a full-moon day and there were services going on (music and chanting) but I'm not sure if these happen every day. Most of the visitors I encountered were there to make offerings rather than being simply tourists, however, I didn't feel out of place or unwelcome.

The big draw here is the pagoda, which is not climbable, one of very few in Beijing. It is not in pristine condition but that is actually part of its charm, although the huge incinerator chimney across the road that dwarfs it does remind us of how past architecture can be so much more aesthetically appealing.

Overall, it's very pleasant for a short visit and can be combined with visits to Baiyunguan Si (White Cloud Temple) and perhaps the Capital Museum which are either short cab hops or longer strolls north. Entry is free.
Written November 14, 2011
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