Top Ten Famous Temples in China

December 18,2008 Editor:Kerry Lee|

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There are various temples in China with long history and their own style of architecture and tremendous momentum. If you want to experience the Chinese culture, don’t miss the following famous temples.

White Horse Temple
Located in Luoyang, Henan province, it is the first temple which owes the first ancient pagoda in china. It collected the earliest Buddhist sutras of Sanskrit, and was the earliest Taoist and Buddhist rites. All of them make the temple the first among all of the temples.

Daxiangguo Temple
Located in Kaifeng, henan province, it was first built in Northern Qi a Chinese famous Buddhism temple, it preserves Tianwang palace, Daxiong palace, Buddhist scriptures building, and so on. In August, 1992, it restored the Buddhist ceremony activity and reconstructed the bell tower, drum tower. 

Jokhang Temple
Located in Lhasa, it was first built in A.D.647. it is the holy place for Buddhists in Xizang. Now, it has been changed into a large architecture groups occupying an area of 25,100 kilometers from a two floor ship-liked temple.

Famen Temple
Located in Baoji, Shanxi province, it was first built in the late eastern Han dynasty. It is famous for preserving the Buddhist relics. The pagoda is very high facing to Taibai mountain groups. It reached its prosperity in Song Dynasdy.

Guandi Temple
Situated at Yuncheng, Shanxi province, it nears to the silver lake (salt pond), facing the Zhongtiao mountain. As china’s key Cultural relic preserve, the total area is more than 66,600 square meters. With beaytiful scenery, there is a famous Jieyi garden composed by gentleman pavilion, three righteousness Chinese style pavilions, lotus pond, and rockery.

Confucian Temple
The Confucian temple is located in qufu, Shandong province. It is a magnificent architecture group with oriental feature. It enjoys a fame of three ancient Chinese architecture groups with Forbidden City and Chengde summer resort. It is the largest place to memorize Confucius.

Zhongyue Temple
It is a place to offer sacrifices to Taishi (a mountain god). It occupies an area of 370,000 square kilometers with full of pine and cypress, pictures with golden cloth and frescoes. The Yueshen temple, the branch of Zhongyue temple, is the first place for Taoist. 

Ta-er Temple
It has a history of 600 years. As the largest Buddhism temple in Qinghai province, it occupies an area of more than 600 mus. The buildings are distributed on the Lutus Mountain, with tremendous momentum. The butter flower, colorful Fresco and embroidery are three unique treasures in the temple.

Hanging Temple
Located in Hunyuan County, Shanxi province, it is the unique temple of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucianism. Built by the cliff, it has a history of more than 1,400 years. Its unique location and structure are the most attractive.

Labrang Temple
Located in the intersection of Gansu, Sichuan, Qinghai province, it is full of human culture. It is famous in home and abroad as one of Gelu style temples. It owes the most Buddhist sutra and the largest Lamaism school.

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