Tan Zhe Temple- the most ancient and largest Buddhism compound in Beijing
Tan Zhe Temple, the largest Buddhism compound, is a proper place to appreciating Buddhist culture. With a long history as 1,700 years, Tan Zhe Temple’s history is even older than that of Beijing, testifying the long history of the temple.
Tan Zhe Temple is nestled at the foot of Beijing Western Hills, boasting the largest and the most ancient Buddhist temple compound in Beijing. I was shocked when I went to by its majestic temple and exquisite architectural style. There are many temples there, each with different function, so people say a prayer for different purpose in each temple. Tan Zhe Temple consists three main parts, central part along the axis, western part and eastern part. What I suggest is you visiting central part firstly, and then go western or eastern part (both need to climb a bit to reach their temples). The whole temple is worth visiting in detail, besides some very interesting sights like magic stone fish (saying that to touch the fish, your illness will disappear), divine tiger and Buddha cave.
I went there on the first day of the month (as per Chinese lunar calendar), and according to the Chinese tradition, if you go to temple to pray on first day or fifteenth day of a month, your prayer will most come ture. Believe it or not, it’s no harm to go there visiting, then you will find yourself immerse into a sea of incense burning.
It is very convenient to get there, you can get off at Ping Guo Yuan stop (the westward destination of subway line 1) and then take bus No 931 to the destination (the last stop is Tan Zhe Temple) [more]
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