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White Cloud Temple, Beijing

White Cloud Temple, Beijing

White Cloud Temple was constructed in the 8th century to house the statue of Lao Tzu. This temple was originally known as the Tian Chang Temple. It was burnt down in 1202 but the statue was miraculously saved.

Reconstruction of the temple took place in 1224 under the order of Genghis Khan. The temple was then named the White Cloud Temple. Now it is one of the largest and oldest Taoist temples in China.

Taoist temples in China are not called temples but Guan which means observe. This is based on the Taoist belief that direct perception of nature and not theological or scholastic studies leads to understanding. Taoists visit this temple especially on full moon day.

You can find traditional image details including the two hidden monkeys exquisitely depicted on the front arches. Visitors find and touch the hidden monkeys as they believe that it is lucky to do so. At the busiest hours, you will find a long line of people waiting to touch the hidden monkeys.

Do not miss out the bridge that features the bells and the oversized Chinese coins. Purchase fake coins and throw them at the bells. If you hit the bell with a coin, you are considered to be lucky. White Cloud Temple is a must visit destination on your trip to Beijing.

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Sight Name: White Cloud Temple
Sight Location: Beijing, China
Sight Type: Religious
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