The Yuen Yuen Taoist Temple of Guangdong

The Yuen Yuen Taoist Temple of Guangdong, Guangzhou

The Yuen Yuen Taoist Temple of Guangdong

The Yuen Yuen Taoist Temple of Guangdong
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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PushExplore
Singapore, Singapore4,776 contributions
Very Nice
Oct 2019
This was really nice to see once again and we had a nice pit stop here. The weather was showing off and the skies were nice and blue.
Written November 25, 2019
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Greg S
Sydney, Australia1,564 contributions
Temples Complex
Nov 2019 • Friends
Well worth a visit. We travelled by car, with a few stops along the way from Guangzhou. There is a number of temples, with a major statue of Laozi, along with some beautiful gardens and water features!
Written November 15, 2019
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Zorinho88
Belgrade, Serbia85 contributions
Really nice!
Oct 2019 • Couples
Very nice to see the temple and different colorful buildings shining under the sun. It is relatively easy to reach it. Take Metro line number 9 (get off Auto City stop) and then you maybe have 2km on foot or just stop a taxi. Once you reach it you get to see a nice and peaceful place to spend a couple of hours away from busy GZ. Certainly recommend it!
Written October 25, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Enjay71
Seoul, South Korea62 contributions
Worth a visit!
Mar 2019 • Friends
Amazing Taoist complex with several temples, so much to see. Definitely worth the trip! We went there with a mini bus from Guangzhou city center and combined it with a visit to the nearby Langtou Village.
Written May 12, 2019
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PushExplore
Singapore, Singapore4,776 contributions
Beautiful Temple
Mar 2019 • Solo
The Yuen Yuen Taoist Temple was a really nice place to visit. The area is sprawling and pristine. There are a lot of interesting places to see within the compound and really worth a visit.
Written April 15, 2019
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Douglas M
Guangzhou, China1,973 contributions
A Good Lunch Made a Good Visit
Apr 2019 • Couples
SWMBO and I had passed this temple twice in recent times, first last year when we went to ShiTouJi Stone Shop (TA reviewed) and then earlier this year when we visited Hong XiuQuan’s Former Residence (TA reviewed). Each time we’d reckoned it was worth a visit and even though the weather didn’t look too promising off we set at 10 o’clock reckoning on 2 hours to get there.

First, we took the #706 electric bus which starts from GuangZhou zoo and endured a truly two-hour awful journey to HuaDu with innumerable roadworks. We got off at XuiQuan Park and celebrated with brief visit to the park for a comfort break and a look at the MiG plane. Then it was out the park, turn right and cross the road and a 100 metre walk to HongMian Avenue, turn left and cross the road and we waited for the #21 bus. It’s a nine-stop journey to the temple bus stop of Yuan Xuan Dao Guan. The temple entrance is about 50 metres further on from the bus stop.

Note: GuangZhou travel cards are accepted in HuaDu. There is a metro station in HuaDu and there’s #21 bus stop just along the road.

We arrived at the temple at one o’clock. Tickets are ¥20 each but SWMBO waved my passport and told the lady I was ancient, so I got in for half-price. The temple closes as 6 o’clock and the last tickets are at 5 o’clock.

Our first priority was to sate SWMBO’s hunger so off we walked to the vegetarian restaurant. I’m not a vegetarian and the thought of a meal of lentils and beansprouts gave me deep foreboding. The waitress was charming and looked at me and told my wife that ‘foreigners’ liked the vegetable curry. Sounded good to me! Spring rolls as well? Even better. A bowl of boiled rice? Of course. Now my killer questions, how about a bottle of beer? A big bottle Pearl River for the foreigner is no problem was her reply. Smashing! SWMBO had a bowl of noodles and vegetables. She said she didn’t like curry but nevertheless helped herself to most of the broccoli and cauliflower just to see what a mild curry tasted like! SWMBO also tucked into the spring rolls to compensate for me trying some of her noodles. All in all, a brilliant ¥86 meal.

At two o’clock we began to explore the temples and grounds. Expect lots of walking as there’s lots to see. SWMBO had purchased a bundle of joss-sticks so each colourful temple had to visited. I contented myself with the fish pond as I’d thoughtfully come with fish food. The fish certainly enjoyed my offerings. Quite a few rests as we let our dinner digest, the best being on the swing-seat by the pond.

I was beginning to think Taoism is the way for me! Then again, it may have been the influence of curry, beer and beautiful and scrupulously clean surroundings.

By five o’clock we were back at the entrance. I think we’d seen all the temples and gardens but SWMBO’s sure there were more and reckoned another visit is called for. I think she just wants another vegetarian meal.

Anyway, we crossed the road and caught the #21 bus back to XinHu Building Bus stop. Now for a change of plan, from this stop we caught the #702 coach back to SanYuan Li (see TA for its anti-British Martyr Memorial Hall review) bus station in GuangZhou. Extravagant at ¥12 (GZ travel card accepted) but the extra comfort and much quicker journey was well worth it. Coaches are every 15 minutes. A three-stop bus ride and a short walk and we were back home.

A grand day out!
Written April 5, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lauren
Carrollton, TX189 contributions
Hidden Gem of GZ
Apr 2018 • Couples
This place was spectacular. A beautiful sight to behold and marvel at as you explore the grounds. Tranquil and stunning, you can spend a good 1-2 hours walking around, taking in the exquisite craftsmanship and intricate details.
A must-see if you’re visiting or living in the city!!

It’s open most days of the year from 7:30-17:30.

Make sure you have cash for the admission fee (as of summer 2018, 20元 per person).

To get there:
from Guangzhou East Railway Station, take the extension line 3 towards Airport North. Transfer at Gaozeng, line 9. Get off at Huadu Plaza/Square. From here you can either take a taxi/DiDi, or choose from one of the following buses:

•TianMei ShangZhuang — bus 22 toward QiCheCheng ZongZhan for 13 stops. Exit at YuanXuan DaoGuan and walk for about 2 minutes.

•HuaDu GuangChang Dong —
bus 70
toward WanKe TianJing HuaYuan GongJiao Zhan for 8 stops.
Exit at BiCun Qiao and walk for about 6 minutes.

OR

(same bus stop)
bus 2 toward MinHang XueYuan (ChiNi) ZongZhan for 8 stops.
Exit at YuanXuan DaoGuan and walk for about 2 minutes.

GuangDong YuanXuan Taoist Temple
Yingbin Avenue West No.38, Huadu
Guangzhou
Guangdong China

广东圆玄道观
位于广州市新华镇西面的毕村附近。
Written January 3, 2019
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Mahkam
Scottsdale, AZ29 contributions
Beautiful
Dec 2018 • Family
Such an amazing temple with beautiful architecture... It's a new built temple not a historical one but still such a wonderful place to visit...
Written December 9, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,030 contributions
Beautiful temples and grounds . . . Yet to be discovered by most tourists and locals
Sep 2017 • Friends
Yuen Yuen Taoist Temple of Guangdong (aka Yuanxuan Taoist Temple) is a very beautiful Taoist complex comprised of three temples, Sanqing Temple being the largest, and two smaller ones, being Taihe Temple and Yuanchen Temple. The authoritative Gods of Taoism are the three saints Yuqing, Shangqing, and Taiqing.

The temple is located close to Bi Village, southwest of Xinhua Town. From Guangzhou East Railway Station, I went by taxi at a cost, include tolls, of 170 rmb for the 60-minute ride. Returning from the temple, I took a taxi from the temple to the nearest metro station. Taxi cost was 80 rmb. Then about 5 rmb (Sorry, but I don’t know the subway ride cost because I have a metro card. Most rides cost me from 2 to 5 rmb. For this portion of the trip, I went a distance of nine stations.) for the subway ride back to Guangzhou East Railway Station. Thus, my trip back cost about 85 rmb, or half of what it cost to go there. However, the trip back took 90 minutes. Starting late this year, a new metro station will open in Huada District, reducing the travel time and cost for those going the majority of the way by metro vs taxi.

The official Guangzhou Tourist Map lists Yuanxuan Taoist Temple as one of Guangzhou’s top 24 famous tourist attractions. I think for two reasons it isn’t yet visited by many tourists. First, it is a relatively young temple; the initial construction phase of which was completed in November 1998. The first phase of construction is known as “Temple of Heaven in HuaDa”; in 2006, another phase of construction commenced, adding 60,000 metres of what is called “Lao-tze Culture Square.” Second, it is further from the centre of Guangzhou and not easily accessed by public transport.
The grounds include a vegetarian restaurant.

Temple admission price is 20 rmb.

Since few tourists and locals know about this place and how amazingly fantastic it is, it can be a challenge to get a taxi to take you to your next destination. After about 10 minutes of trying to see a taxi, we spoke to a driver who had just dropped someone off. This driver agreed to take us to the nearest Metro station for 80 rmb.

Some of the signs are in both Chinese and English.

I will be attaching over 100 photos which I took today of Yuanxuan Taoist Temple.

The temple is located at No. 38 Yingbin Road West, Xinhua Town, Huada District, Guangzhou. Telephone: 020-36861238
Written September 24, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Niyaz N
13 contributions
A peaceful magnificence!
Jan 2016 • Solo
A place with great energy and magnificent structures. Need to pay 20 rmb as entry fee which is totally worth it. If you're enroute to airport and have couple of extra hours to spend, then you should definitely visit this place.
Written January 7, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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