Pool and Mulberry Tree Temple (Tanzhe Si)

Pool and Mulberry Tree Temple (Tanzhe Si)

Pool and Mulberry Tree Temple (Tanzhe Si)
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This Buddhist temple dates back 1,600 years and is surrounded by peaceful hills and beautiful gardens.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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dyhx
Singapore5,928 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Entrance fee CNY50 per person and we paid another CNY200 in total for an onsite guide to bring 3 of us around and tell us more about the temple. 

先有潭柘寺,后有北京城。This temple was built 1,700 years ago, making it older than Beijing itself. It's well hidden by the mountains surrounding it, so it can't be seen from the highways below, adding a mystical holy vibe to it. The temple boasts 2 千年银杏树 (Ginko trees), one is 1,300 years old and the other 1,000. What's unique is that while both trees are side by side just a few meters apart, 1 turns yellow (and wilts) before the other because the sunlight shines from one side. There's a saying the 1,300 year old one on the right side is the 帝皇树,because interestingly, a new trunk grows whenever a new Emperor takes over, and a branch breaks when an Emperor passes. Hence the other is known as 配皇树, symbolising the Empress.

We got to see the huge deep pots used by the monks to cook food and many other interesting facts (like the Dragon and Tiger pavilion where the Emperor played poetic games with the Officials, the holy fish that people were queuing to touch at 龙王殿, the 百事如意 stone etc). We also checked out the 西观音洞to view and pay respects to the 肉身 (mummified body) of one of the monks that lived here once. 
Written November 15, 2023
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Hoben01
Long Beach, CA3,137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Solo
I've traveled in europe and now china and in europe i ended up visiting a lot of cathedrals so it goes that i'm going to see a lot of temples in china. By the way the temples do offer a lot of photographic opps, but please be aware of the "no photos" and respect that.

getting there via bus:

Both temples are easily accessible by taking bus no. 931 from the PingGuoYuan subway stop (at the west end of line one) to TanZhe Si. Busses run daily 7am-5:30pm, about every 30 minutes. Journey time is about 1 hour. Once at the subway stop, take exit D, turn right and continue straight a few minutes to the bus station; take the plain red and beige, rather than the red and yellow zhi version of the bus.
Written October 29, 2013
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Stevenjenkins7
Cape Town Central, South Africa638 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Friends
Visited this splendid temple complex on a weekday afternoon and found it to be quiet and peaceful. If you have more than a few hours available, there is a walk up the mountainside to the Dragon Pool.
Written September 27, 2012
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Alienandbear
Daly City, California, United States154 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Friends
It was about 2 hours car ride from the city to there.

You also have to go up a hill slope that curves like a snake.

I could imagine a lot of bikers who want to get out on the weekend would definitely come here.

Inside it's just like every other buddhist temple you could go visit. There's nothing really special that sets it apart from everything else.

But this place does have a lot of historical significance because before there was Beijing there was Tanzhe Si.

Summary-
Not worth the trouble unless you want to go biking or you want to visit this for its historical significance.
Bathrooms- squatters
Gate area is a great photo opp
Written September 8, 2013
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Lvamp
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia22 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Family
Tanzhe has beautiful tress and environment, provided is not throng by too many tourist. It was pricy compared to the other famous locations ( summer palace , forbidden city and etc).
Given the distance you need to travel and the price you pay Vs. satisfaction, i'm sorry but i have to say it's not worth it.
Written September 10, 2013
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Family
We had taken the Day-tour from Beijing to visit this. It's about an hour away from Beijing and about 10 kms from Jietai-si temple. It's nestled in the mountains. It's Not very crowded, since few tourists bother to travel out of beijing in search of this serene Hill-top temple.
1. Climb leisurely from the Car-Park upto the Temple. It's GREEN, the air is fresh and you can spot some birds and squirrells. And take some good photos of the surrounding mountains.
2. For 10 yuan you can Gong the Giant Bell. 2-3 people will have to utilize thier full strength to 'gong' it with the help of the wooden rod. The sound is still resonating in my ears !!!!
3. For 10 yuan you can attempt to 'AIM' at the 'Wish Circles'. You will be given a stack of 8 coins. If you strike the wheel, your wish will come true !!!!!!!!!!!!!
4. Don't miss the Footprints [of the princess] embedded in the slab. The story of the princess is a typical story of 'Devotion' and 'Prayer', but it feels good to read it and feel her presence.
5. For 10 yuan you can Cradle the STONE-FISH.
Light some candles and go around the temple. Be prepared for some light climbing, the Temple is built on the Hill slope and hence obviously you have to climb from shrine to the other.
Written May 15, 2014
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thvapp
Hong Kong, China29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
This temple in the western suburbs of Beijing is not just another temple. It is indeed quite beautiful. But its originality is that it is built on the side of a mountain. When you walk up from one part of the temple to another, you progressively discover a spectacular landscape with the temple buildings and the mountains. Superb !
Written July 15, 2019
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Vivian J
Ann Arbor, MI10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
TIP: don't buy incense outside the temple with the intention of bringing it in! Outside incense is not allowed, which is fine, since the temple provides incense and is included in your ticket fee.

Conditions weren't ideal the day I went - a bit rainy and humid - but the weather had no interference with the beauty of the temple. In fact, it probably augmented it. The foliage was lush and green, the grounds and buildings were well-kept and wonderful to admire, and there are not many tourists around as the temple is quite secluded.

If you decide to drink tea on the grounds, be prepared to pay quite a sum: we paid around 140RMB for a (nice) pot of tea and a snack.

Overall, a very peaceful, beautiful place to visit!
Written June 11, 2014
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Travelbug0082
Singapore, Singapore4,047 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
Considering the travel time needed on the subway to get to Pingguoyuan Station and from there a very long bus ride of 1.5hrs where the local bus stopped at so many stops just to get here, I didnt think the attraction warranted a visit unless you are close by. It had some colourful spots but I would not purposely make a trip here if I had known it would take up so much travel time. It is just a temple and unless you are very interested in temples and their history, they all look the same after a while.
Written December 23, 2018
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Michael C
Bangkok95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
Every corner was a photo op.
However, even the locals were surprised at the ticket price.
It's only marginally cheaper than Forbidden City.
Written October 1, 2018
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