Religious Sites in Beijing

Religious Sites in Beijing, China

Religious Sites in Beijing

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  • Christian M
    Copenhagen, Denmark5,308 contributions
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    The name alone – Temple of Heaven – evokes associations with an ancient imperial era of grandeur.

    However, the poetry is somewhat diminished when you're trudging around the vast site in 35-degree heat among thousands of Chinese visitors, many in rented costumes to capture the perfect photos.

    But when we turned onto the square in front of the Hall of Prayers, we experienced something similar to when we first saw the Taj Mahal. A thrill of joy over a beauty that spans centuries and still touches the viewer today.

    The Temple of Heaven is a must-visit when you're in Beijing, but the daily life in the hutongs will likely leave a more profound human impression.
    Written June 10, 2024
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  • André K
    Hefei, China279 contributions
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    Interesting place to visit , lots of history. Nice scenery but not worth it to spend to much time here. A short visit is good enough.
    Written December 20, 2019
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  • dyhx
    Singapore5,963 contributions
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    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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  • XavierW4059
    Beijing, China11 contributions
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    Not a heard place to visit, but climbing up to the very top can be truly tedious! However, its a breathtaking sight to see once at the very top.

    We visited on a weekend with my family whom visited from out of town. The trip there was via a booked 6-seater vehicle and the rest around the temple is entirely on-foot. The temple had several great viewing platforms with a truly steep climb - no kidding! but once up at the very top, the sight was amazingly clear and far, with the awesome landscape and greenery in the foreground - it was a truly beautiful sight to see, and awesome cool hill-top breeze to experience.

    The temple is well known locally for those praying for romance/marriage blessings, with an old local saying emphasizing this especially for ladies (while gents seeking the same should try at another local famous temple). Theres a long stretch of appreciation banners from visitors/believers along one of the guanyin goddess climb routes that you have to see it to believe it.

    I'm not a religious individual, but the climb and sight is worth the time to visit and experience. Do note though - climbing up the steep hill can be extremely tedious, especially for the eldery. There are safety reminder and signs echoing the same before you even attempt the climb - don't push it!
    Written May 19, 2024
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  • PaulSiow
    Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2,703 contributions
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    We walked along Wangfujing street and came across this Cathedral. Weather was drizzling quite heavily when we visited and it was late. Cathedral was closed and we could only look at the outside architecture.
    Written March 21, 2020
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  • ali m
    6 contributions
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    I went to see this mosque and said my Juma prayer (held on Friday at 1:30PM local time) during my Beijing layover on Dec 6, 2019. It was amazing to see how 1000 years ago, some muslim reached here and built the mosque (though it's not the same mosque that was built 1000 years ago). I felt very spiritual and also lost in the history while in the Mosque. Outside of the mosque, I was able to find quite a few places to eat halal food. I definitely recommend anyone to visit this unique mosque and eat some halal food from nearby restaurants.
    Written December 15, 2019
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  • Sarah
    Selangor, Malaysia143 contributions
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    Because I went there during winter, so it was really cold up there. There are quite a number of temples at the first phase. As you go further up, there will be also temples.
    Written January 21, 2020
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  • RockDoc50
    San Francisco, CA82 contributions
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    Definitely worth a visit while in Beijing. The world’s largest Buddha carved from a single tree trunk is truly spectacular.
    Written December 28, 2019
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  • George N
    Shenyang, China530 contributions
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    While this is a beautiful little park, they do charge you visit other places within the park once you've paid a small admission fee to the park's main gate. It's a quiet place with lots of room to chill out.
    Written August 2, 2019
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  • aron b
    Perth, Australia380 contributions
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    was nice and peacefull we were part of 2 for1 tripadeal holday , was great welll orgnised and enjoyed the hutong ride and lunch , great value
    Written January 8, 2024
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  • Alan R
    Cambridge, UK1,249 contributions
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    This is an off the beaten track attraction. It was built by a eunuch from the Ming dynasty in 1433. The reason to visit it is the stunning Buddhist wall paintings. the building is kept dark to preserve them (so you view by torch light) and they are interpreted by knowledgeable local guides (helpful if you have someone who can translate from Chinese!)
    Written October 27, 2019
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  • Coral
    70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • Coral
    70 contributions
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    This temple didn't feel too touristy– most people seemed to be there to worship. The downside to this was there was no English signs so it was hard to get any context to what you were seeing.
    Written September 14, 2019
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  • PaulSiow
    Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2,703 contributions
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    We could see this white dagoba from the peak of Jingshan park. It is the highest point in Beihai park and is very visible. Need to pay separate fee to enter this temple area, but free for seniors. This is the largest Tibetan dagoba in Beijing, but I don't really find it particularly impressive.
    Written March 4, 2020
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  • Mohammad Farooq
    Portland, OR162 contributions
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    Nan Dou Ya Masjid, Beijing: 4 Douban Hutong, Dongcheng, Beijing, China. Visited in August 2019.Beautiful place.
    Written June 3, 2020
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