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Address: Hedong Village, 15 km NE of Pingyao, Pingyao County, China
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Old and interesting - close to Pingyao

We were almost going to drop this from our day, when we were cutting it fine for the sunset at Pingyao. So glad we made the effort. We had a guide, who was very passionate about... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Fairlight, Australia
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Fairlight, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were almost going to drop this from our day, when we were cutting it fine for the sunset at Pingyao. So glad we made the effort. We had a guide, who was very passionate about this temple. Amazed at the condition of this temple after over 1000 years and that it stands amongst such nondescript surrounds and survives. The... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

A pretty small place. It is interesting to see the old Buddha structures and the old trees, but nothing really special about the place. It is almost deserted. On the more positive - it is an authentic place and not as a tourist site.

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Paris
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2016

The murals are what I remember most about this temple. I enjoyed the untouched quality of the subjects and color. Loved it.

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Essex
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2016

Zhenguo is a small temple outside Pingyao, not far from the Shuanglin Temple. It is not the most spectacular, but it would be a shame to visit Pingyao without seeing it, as it is very old indeed, and has some striking terracotta figures.

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Guildford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2015

Really quiet temple, far removed from the bustle of Pingyao's touristy streets. We loved the peaceful atmosphere and the sense of history is really clear, unlike the majority of Buddhist temples we'd seen in China, which seem to be very redone and over-dramatic.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2015

I higly recommend it to someone who love Chinese architecture. It is one of the valuable ancient temples for its famous architecture! Visitor can take a bus no.9 near the train station (the old one) to there by 40 minutes. It takes about two hours to look around. I recommend to hire a guide for brief explanation. It definitely highlight... More 

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Layer de la Haye, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2014

If you've bought the Pingyao Ancient City tourpass, then you'll get into this for free as part of your 120 RMB ticket. Near the east gate and the Confucious Temple, you can spend a good 30 minutes just wandering through. Wash your hands in the water fountains on the way in and then walk through each of the rooms, temples... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014

Very very old temple that's perhaps different than what you'll see elsewhere in China. The frescos are pretty impressive and I'm surprised at how few people were here. We were there on a Sunday afternoon, and were literally the only 2 there when we arrived. We rode bikes there, which is an adventure in itself. There is a lot of... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2014

This temple is very old, and was saved from destruction during the cultural revolution. The old statues were not restored, and are still in their wonderful original style. Well worth seeing!

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Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2014

This place was unbelievable for China. We went on a Ching Ming Sunday, expecting it to be packed, but there were 6 other people and us. Very peaceful, you could here the birds singing and such an untypically Chinese tourist destination. The temple is interesting in that it has a very old wooden structure (partly hidden/supported?) by bricks, with interesting... More 

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