Tanzhe Temple, Beijing Western Hills

Tanzhe Temple
Tanzhe Temple

While my trip to Qufu was definitely the highlight of my travels this year, I do think I should give an honorable mention to the Tanzhe Temple in the Western Hills just outside Beijing.

Incense burner at the Tanzhe Temple
Incense burner at the Tanzhe Temple

With a history dating back to 307 AD, this is one of the most well-known Buddhist temples in China and features quite an eclectic collection of buildings from the Qing, Ming, and preceding dynasties, as well as a myriad of rare plants and trees, including some cypress that are said to be over one thousand years.

Prayer wheel at the Tanzhe Temple
Prayer wheel at the Tanzhe Temple

The Tanzhe Temple is nestled on a mountainside, and provides glorious views of its surrounding peaks. Only half-an-hour’s drive from the Pingguoyuan station at the end of Line 1 of the Beijing subway, it is relatively easy to reach and provides a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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