Tanzhe Temple in Mentougou District, Beijing, was built more than 1,700 years ago. There is a saying “Tanzhe Temple came before Beijing city was built". This temple has been valued highly by the Royal families. The temple is surrounded by mountains, with many lush old trees and beautiful scenery. Behind the Daxiong Hall in the temple, there is a thousand years old ginkgo tree. A two-color magnolia tree rarely seen in Beijing is next to the old ginkgo tree. The stone fish on the northwest side of the temple is also a must-see attraction for tourists. Many tourists like touching the stone fish.
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Located in the Western Hills, Tanzhe Temple is the oldest temple near Beijing, dating back about 1,700 years. In centuries past, the Buddhist temple was a destination for pilgrims, including members of the imperial family. Several stately halls are devoted to Buddhist deities, with a touch of whimsy thrown in at the Pavilion of Floating Cups.
Poets floated cups filled with wine on a winding, narrow stream of water; when the cup stopped, the nearest poet had to drink the wine and recite a poem. When the skies are clear, Tanzhe is a good place to see stunning views of Beijing below.
If you want to learn more about China’s fascinating history and cultural heritage, then taking a guided tour to Tanzhe Temple is not a bad idea. With a professional guide at your side, you’ll explore the beautiful Buddhist temple and get to see its many pagodas before visiting Cuandixia Village – a charming place that is home to lots of traditional houses dating from 1403 to 1424.
Since ancient times, the folks of Beijing have the saying that there are Tanyu Temple first, followed by Youzhou City. This Tanzhe Temple, which was founded in the Western Jin Dynasty, has a more ancient history than Beijing City and is the oldest Buddhist temple in Beijing. Nestled in the rolling peaks of the 9th gate of Mentougou in Beijing, Tanzhe Temple is not only a quiet place to worship Buddha, but also a good place to enjoy the autumn. The Tanzhe Temple was built according to the mountain, and the layers were raised and patched. The building is mainly divided into three parts: the middle road, the east road and the west road. When entering along the mountain gate, it can penetrate deeper along the central axis. The last hall on the central axis of Tanzhe Temple is the Pilu Pavilion, which is also the tallest temple in the temple. What is better known is the two ginkgo trees in the front courtyard. The two ginkgo trees are one east and one west, and the east is the "imperial tree", which has a history of thousands of years. Legend has it that when Emperor Kangxi went to Tanzhe Temple, this ginkgo tree just gave birth to a new side branch, as if it was to welcome the emperor's arrival, so Kangxi gave the name "Emperor Tree". The female ginkgo tree on the east side was later replanted, and it was named "with Wang Shu".