Maybe you have come to Beijing for several times and have visited many famous attractions such as Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Tiananmen Square etc. This time we will take you to enjoy some different in Beijing city. We shall view Temple of Enlightenment, Great Bell Temple, and Temple of the God of Taishan Mountain.
Temple of Enlightenment
First built in 1068, the Temple of Enlightenment is one of the Eight Great Temples of the West Mountain in the Jin Dynasty. Covers an area of 9, 500 square meters arranged compactly in order, the Temple of Enlightenment is solemn and magnificent with great momentum. In 1428 during the reign of the Ming Emperor Xuande, the temple was reconstructed and adopted its present name Temple of Enlightenment.
Temple of Enlightenment is not only an ancient temple with rich cultural relics, but also a quiet place to spend the summer holidays. Surrounded by mountains, it has plenty of plants including famous flowers and ancient trees. A gingko and a yulan magnolia are the most precious of their kinds in Beijing. It is said that the yulan magnolia has been more than 300 years old that brought from Sichuan during the Qianlong era and survives today. Perhaps it is the most ancient yulan magnolia in Beijing.
During this Beijing tour to Temple of Enlightenment, tourists can learn more about the Buddhism.
Great Bell Temple（Dazhongsi）
Located in Haidian District of Beijing, Great Bell Temple had witnessed the emperors of Qing Dynasty pray for rain and Buddhists conducting affairs. The core of this temple is Dzhonglou which is a unique building. The famous bronze Great Bell, nearly 7-meter high, 46.5 ton, was hanged in the tower. Praised as "the King of Bells", this giant Great Bell was so skillfully made that its sound could be heard 40 to 50 kilometers away. Besides, Great Bell Temple is now the Ancient Bell Museum with 11 permanent exhibition halls.
Standing in the Chaoyang District, Temple of the God of Taishan Mountain was a place of worship for the Supreme Celestial Emperor of Taishan Mountain. Expanded and rebuilt several times during the Ming and Qing dynasties, Temple of the God of Taishan Mountain standing today date from the Qing Dynasty, though they feature the architectural styles of the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties.
We hope you enjoy this Beijing tour through which you could know more history and cultural of China.