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Beijing Temple Guide

By Viator, February 2018

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These days the temples Beijing builds tend to be modern skyscrapers honoring the gods of business, but this ancient city also features many temples reflecting a more spiritual past. Here are some of the best to see during your visit.

Lama Temple
With archways and five main halls, revolving prayer wheels, colorful glazed tiles, statues of Chinese lions, and Mongolian, Manchu, Tibetan, and Chinese decoration, Beijing’s Lama Temple is the most magnificent Buddhist temple in the city. Don’t miss the 60-foot (18-meter) statue of Buddha, said to be sculpted from a single sandalwood tree.

Temple of Heaven
Situated in Temple of Heaven Park, this popular UNESCO-listed temple—a stop on just about every Beijing tour—was originally built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties as one of the city’s eight ancient altars. The Taoist temple was used in ceremonies to ask the gods for good harvests in the fall and a prosperous new year on the Winter Solstice.

Tanzhe Temple
Tanzhe Temple ranks among the city’s oldest and largest temple complexes, though many of the structures you see today date back to the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. Set amid the forested hills west of central Beijing, the temple is especially scenic in spring when the magnolias are blooming.

Confucius Temple
The second largest Confucius temple in China dates back to 1302. A quiet sanctuary away from the busy streets, the restored main hall of this temple contains a statue of the sage Kongzi (Confucius). Nearby is the Imperial College, built in 1306 by the grandson of Kublai Khan to teach Confucianism.

Miaoying Temple
Miaoying, also known as the White Stupa Temple, is best known for its collection of thousands of Tibetan Buddhist statues. It’s also home to the tallest Tibetan-style pagoda in China, set amid one of the city’s traditional hutong neighborhoods.

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Private Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and Temple of Heaven in Beijing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 48 Reviews

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Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven

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Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Beijing Historical Tour including the Summer Palace, Lama Temple and the Panda Garden

4.5 star rating: Recommended 147 Reviews

Visit two of Beijing’s most important historic sites on a full-day tour that features the Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and UNESCO heritage-listed Summer Palace. ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.99
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Get to know Beijing and its amazing history by visiting three of the city's most impressive historic attractions: Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the ...  Read more

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Beijing Your Way: Private Independent Tour with Optional Guide

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Go sightseeing on your own, or with a knowledgeable local guide, on a private customized tour of Beijing that includes transport. Make use of a private vehicle ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 4 or 8 hours

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Beijing Lama Temple, Panda Garden and Ancient Altar Day Tour

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Visit the Lama Temple which was built in 1694, one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. Then take a rare opportunity ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 6-7 hours

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Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

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Beijing Walking Tour: History of Chinese Thought and Religion Led by a PhD Scholar

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Visit Beijing’s major temples with a PhD scholar of Chinese history and gain an in-depth understanding of China’s three major religions: Confucianism, Daoism ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.99

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