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Dongyue Temple,White Cloud Temple (Baiyun Taoist Temple),Beijing Zoo Panda bear and Big Bell Temple (Dazhong Temple) One Day Tour

Dongyue Temple,White Cloud Temple (Baiyun Taoist Temple),Beijing Zoo Panda bear and Big Bell Temple (Dazhong Temple) One Day Tour Item NO: 119676

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  • , White Cloud Temple (Baiyun Taoist Temple) and Big Bell Temple (Dazhong Temple) in one day trip,to see all the three temples on a one day tour.
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Product Name Dongyue Temple,White Cloud Temple (Baiyun Taoist Temple),Beijing Zoo Panda bear and Big Bell Temple (Dazhong Temple) One Day Tour
Item NO 119676
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Category Private Tours > Small Group Tours
Tag Dongyue Temple , White Cloud Temple (Baiyun Taoist Temple) , Big Bell Temple (Dazhong Temple) , Beijing Zoo Panda bear
Brand Beijing Trip Advisor
Creation time 2018-02-10

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1.Dongyue Temple





Built in 1319 during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), Beijing Dongyue Temple, a Taoist temple, is located in Chaowai area, Chaoyang District. This ancient temple is one of the largest temples of Taoism in northern China. It is the shrine of the God of Mount Tai, one of the Five Great Mountains in China. Having stood for almost 700 years, Dongyue Temple is considered a perfect example of magnificence and grandeur. Its long history demonstrates its value, especially as the Beijing Folklore Museum is also located within the temple complex. Nowadays, it is protected as a National Key Cultural Relics Unit. The cultural relics of Yuan Dynasty displayed in this museum are greatly appreciated by visitors.

With an area of 11.7 acres (4.7 hectares), Dongyue Temple mainly contains three courtyards. The main buildings were erected on a traditional north-south axis. The secondary buildings are equally distributed east and west of this axis. The purpose of the east side is mainly for living. This area is just like a big-scale garden with abundant flowers and fruit trees. The west side of the temple consists of several small courtyards. Most of them were built with the financial support of local people. The whole temple has almost 400 rooms which were mainly built in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). During the construction, craftsmen of Qing Dynasty followed traditional architectural style and skills of Yuan Dynasty. Hence, visitors can see the best-preserved rooms with typical Yuan Dynasty architectural style.

Built in 1602, a yellow glazed archway is located opposite the main gate of the temple across Chaowai Street. There is a glowing red pearl in the middle of the top of the archway. On the north and south sides of the top, there are two stone tablets with a length of 9 feet (2.8 meters) and a width of 3 feet (0.9 meters). One is engraved with "Forever Prosperity of the Empire"; the other one is engraved with "Worship Mount Tai". These two tablets express a good will for social welfare and national greatness. There was a gate to the north of this archway. However, it was dismantled in 1988 because the government tried to broaden the Chaowai Street. On the north side of the street stands Lingxing Gate, the main gate of the temple, with a bell tower on the left and a drum tower on the right. Under the roof of the gate, there is a horizontal tablet bearing the name "Dongyue Temple" that was written by Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty.

Entering the main gate, is Zhandai Gate (also Dragon Tiger Gate), meaning the Gate of Viewing Mt. Tai. This magnificent archway with a hip roof has three entrances in the central hallway, and two side rooms enshrining two door-gods and ten imperial guards of Mt. Tai.

A royal path named "Happiness Road" extends north through the courtyard behind the gate. There are two stone tablet pavilions on both sides of the path, showing two memorials of Emperor Kangxi and Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty. There are also many stone steles with calligraphic masterpieces of ancient Chinese celebrities in the yard. About 140 stone steles dating from Yuan, Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties once stood in this temple. Nowadays, 90 steles remain there. On the east and the west of the yard, are two long galleries containing 76 small rooms with vivid clay sculptures. They represent the 76 departments in hell under the jurisdiction of the God of Mt. Tai.

On the north end of the "Happiness Road" lies Mount Tai Palace, the main palace of the temple. It consists of a central hall and two wing halls on east and west. The pillars and roofs are decorated with gold dragons and exquisite paintings. On the top of the central hall, there is a plaque of Mount Tai Palace which was written by Kangxi Emperor. All around this plaque is decorated with exquisite gold-made patterns of leaves and flowers. The central hall is dedicated to a large statue of the God of Mount Tai accompanied by some courtiers. To the east are the Hall of Wealth and East Prince Hall. To the west are the Hall of Childbirth and the Prince Hall. Each hall has rare cultural relics of Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.

Passing through Mount Tai Palace, there is the living palace called "Yu De". It was dedicated to the statues of God and Goddess of Mount Tai. Nowadays, this living palace is used to display the Nanmu wooden sculptures of some Taoist deities.

In the northernmost part of this temple is a two-storey palace. Nowadays, it has become the Beijing Folklore Museum. Opened to the public in 1997, this museum contains 9 permanent halls and 4 independent exhibition halls. The exhibitions mostly contain well-preserved cultural relics, such as ancient Chinese clothes, traditional handicrafts and folk heritages.

Every year, during spring and mid-autumn festivals, Dongyue Temple Fair and many other folk activities are held in the temple. Local people and tourists are always attracted by carved artworks and many other folk handicrafts. 


2.White Cloud Temple (Baiyun Taoist Temple)




Being one of the three "ancestral courts" of the Quanzhen Sect of Taoism,

 White Cloud Temple is located on the east side of Baiyun Road, Fuxingmenwai Street, 

Xicheng District. It was built in 739 and went through three big renovations – in 1706, 1714 and 1886. 

The architecture of White Cloud Temple seen today is mainly from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties. 

The Center of the Chinese Taoist Association, founded in 1958, is also located in the temple. Nowadays,

 White Cloud Temple attracts pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. The Spring Festival Fair and celebration at

 it is also a wonderful place to find out about Chinese culture and tradition.


White Cloud Temple has various halls which house the gods of Taoism. 

The buildings complex, arranged generally in a straight line, 

can be divided into three groups, the middle section, the east section and the west section.

 At the back you will find a beautiful garden.


The Middle Section

The middle section of White Cloud Temple includes the main buildings which contain over 50 halls, 

spanning an area of about 2 hectares. You enter the grounds through a gate in the outside wall and 

then walk through the large gateway that leads to the gate. Beyond the gate are Wofeng Bridge, 

Lingguan Hall, Yuhuang Hall, Qiuzu Hall, and other buildings.


The stone gate has three portals, delicately engraved with clouds, cranes, and flowers. 

The monkey hidden in reliefs beside the middle portal deserves a mention here: 

it is said that the monkey is the incarnation of a god; thus, visitors to it always touch the monkey for good luck. 

There are three stone monkeys located at different places in it. If you are interested, go and search for them. 

It is believed that if you have touched all three monkeys your wishes will come true.


Entering the gate, you will see a single-span stone bridge named Wofeng Bridge (Wofeng means stopping the wind).

 A copper coin is hung on both sides of the bridge and in the square hole of the coin there is a bell. What is the reason for this? 

People believe that if the coin they tossed hits the bell, everything will go well for them in the coming year. Come and have a try, 

and good luck will follow you.


Walking across the bridge, Lingguan Hall is the first hall that you will see. Lingguan Hall houses Wang Lingguan, the guarding deity of Taoism. 

The wooden statue of the god was sculptured during the Ming Dynasty, and is about 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) high, radiating an air of dignity and grandeur.

 As you walk on, you will see other halls.


Yuhuang Hall (the Jade Emperor Hall) is where the Jade Emperor is worshiped. The 1.8 meter (5.9 feet) high wooden statue was also carved during the Ming Dynasty. 

To the right and left of the statue of the Jade Emperor are six bronze statues – they are the emperor’s officers and servants. 

Paintings on the wall were drawn during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.


Laolu Hall (Laolu means commandments), originally named Qizhen Hall (Qizhen refers to seven people),

 is the place where the seven disciples of the founder of the Quanzhen Sect of Taoism are worshiped. In the Qing Dynasty, 

a famous Taoist lectured here on the subject of Taoism and commandments, thus the hall acquired its new name. 

Religious activities are held in Laolu Hall, and it is also the place where people gather to chant Taoist sutras.


Qiuzu Hall is dedicated to Qiu Chuji, the founder of the Longmen branch of the Quanzhen sect. 

At the center of the hall is a huge wooden bowl which was granted by the Emperor Yongzheng of the Qing Dynasty.

 It is said that when Taoists in it suffered from famine, they would carry the bowl to the Imperial Palace to ask for help. 

After Qiu Chuji’s death, his ashes were buried under the bowl. Inscriptions on the tablets in the hall record important events in the history of it.


Among all the halls, only one hall has two floors. 

The first floor is dedicated to the god Sanqing and on the second floor four other gods – the main assistants of the Jade Emperor – 

are worshiped. In front of the hall, a gilded copper incense burner is seated. It was cast in the Ming Dynasty and is delicately engraved with 43 dragons.


The West Section
In the west section you will find the statue of the divine animal Te, Citang Hall, Baxian Hall, Luzu Hall and other halls.

The statue of the divine animal Te will greet you when you enter the west section. 

Te has a mule's body, a donkey's face, the ears of a horse and the hooves of a cow. 

Legend has it that Te can cure any illness. If a person is unwell, 

he could touch his own body where he feels discomfort 

or sickness and then touch the same part of Te, 

and he will recover from the disease and be cured.


Citang Hall, built in 1706, is where the statue of the Taoist Wang Changyue is housed.

 Inscriptions carved in the stone in the wall are the treasure of it.


The East Section

You will find Sanxing Hall, Cihang Hall, Zhenwu Hall and Leizu Hall in the east section of the grounds. 

Sanxing Hall is the hall dedicated to the great doctor Hua Tuo who lived during the Eastern Han dynasty (25-220);

 Cihang Hall is the place of worship for the God of Fire; Zhenwu Hall is where God Zhenwu is housed; 

and Leizu Hall is where the gods who master the changing of the weather are worshiped.


The Backyard

Yunji Garden is at the back of White Cloud Temple. In the center of the garden is the altar,

 where commandments and rules are taught, and Yunji Hall where Taoist sutras are preached.



3.Beijing Zoo




Situated in the Xicheng District, Beijing Zoo was the first of its kind in China. It contains a diverse collection of animals, a number of exhibition halls and some sites of historical interest.

Beijing Zoo is home to around 450 different species and has a population of some 5,000 animals. Some of the most popular attractions among visitors are the wild rare animals of China itself, such as the giant pandas, golden monkeys, milu deer and northeast tigers. However, the collection is far from restricted to those species found only in China; the polar bears, American bison, zebras, kangaroos, giraffes and elephants also draw large crowds.
 

Beijing Zoo is comprised of 16 different exhibition areas and halls. The most popular is the Panda Hall. Built in 1989 and covering an area of around 2.5 acres (10,000 square meters), it delivers an impressive aesthetic scene while also managing to account for the practical considerations of housing such large and physical animals. The inside of the hall replicates the style of traditional Chinese gardens and is shaped in the pattern of a Tai Chi diagram.


Another famous hall, the Gorilla Hall, was constructed two years earlier in 1987. The building houses a series of artificial hillocks and wooden apparatus for the animals which sit against a backdrop of attractive gorilla murals. Facilities introduced for the gorillas include a medical room, a mating room and a specialist feeding room. The hall itself is decorated by a series of rockeries and pools. 

All halls and exhibition areas are finely constructed so as to ensure that the animals enjoy a both comfortable and healthy living environment.
 
Beijing Aquarium is highly recommended for anyone visiting Beijing Zoo. Opened in 1999, it is widely-recognized by tourist bodies as being one of the country's top attractions, and is actually the largest inland aquarium in the world. The aquarium features thousands of different aquatic species - man-eating fishes, precious Chinese sturgeons, huge sea elephants and fierce sharks are some of the highlights. Tourists can also enjoy shows performed by dolphins, sea lions and whales in the aquarium's Ocean Theater.

While at here, visitors also have the chance to sample some the nearby historical relics: Lemarck Hall was built to commemorate the life of Lemarck (1744-1829), a famous French natural historian, and has also been used as the Chinese Botanical Science Research Base.

Also on the site is the Song Jiaoren Memorial Tower. Song (1882-1913) was one of the early leaders of the Kuomintang, but was assassinated soon after he was elected as China's premier in 1913.

Another site of historical interest is the Changguan Tower: a two storied baroque-style building constructed by brick and wood. In the late 19th century it was occupied by the Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908), ruler of the Qing court between 1861 and 1908. Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), the founder of the Kuomintang, is also said to have lived in the hall.

With the support of the Chinese government and having undergone continual development throughout its 90-year history, Beijing Zoo has become one of the largest in China. It provides thousands with the opportunity to witness strange and exotic species at firsthand, and also allows visitors to learn more about the lives of the animals that inhabit the world alongside us.



4.Big Bell Temple (Dazhong Temple)


The Big Bell Temple


Located in the Haidian District, Beijing, Big Bell Temple was built in the year 1733 of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and initially bestowed with the name 'Juesheng Temple'. 10 years later during the reign of another emperor, a big bell was moved into the temple, hence the name Big Bell Temple. Since then, it was often chosen by the emperors to pray for rain and blessings for the people.

The Big Bell Temple displays a number of many large buildings, such as the Mountain Gate, the Bell and Drum Towers, the Scripture Collection Pavilion and other halls. Among these, the Big Bell Tower is the main part, which is a circular shape on the top and square below according to the Chinese saying that 'the sky is circular and the earth is square'.

Like the Chinese knots, the bell in the Big Bell Temple is considered as an auspicious article in Chinese tradition. On grand ceremonies, people usually ring it 108 times to begin the celebration. It is said that there are 12 months, 24 solar terms and 72 hou (5 days a hou) on the Chinese lunar calendar, 108 in all and according to Buddhism, people have 108 worries which will be removed by it. The bell-ringing on the eve of the Chinese New Year would captivate many people as its echo carries around the vicinity, whether you were close by or just heard it via the TV broadcast. Here, you could take a very close look at the grandness of this very significant great treasure.

The Big Bell
It hangs in the Big Bell Tower. Made in 1403, the first year of Emperor Yongle in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it was one of the three projects that he commanded after reestablishing Beijing as the capital. Another two were the famous Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven.

The Great Bell of Yongle
It weighs 46.5 tons, with a height of 22.77 feet (6.94 meters). It is inscribed with Buddhist Mantras all around both the inside and outside of the body, over 227,000 characters in all. Skillfully designed, it sounds crisp and sweet by ringing lightly, while it sends a deep and resounding tone from a forcible strike which can be carried 9 miles (15 kilometers) away. For these excellent and unique characteristics, it is called 'the King of Ancient Bells' by the people.

Then how was it hung on the top of the building? After it was made, they waited until the winter came. Then they dug a well every 550 yards (503 meters) and ditches along the entire way to bring the water on the ground, which was able to turn into the ice soon. So they pushed it along the surface to the icy earth piles in the temple. Finally they started to construct the Tower and hung it from the top. When the spring came the following year, the ice was dissolved and they began to remove the mounds of earth.

Ancient Bell Museum
Built in 1985, it displays hundreds of cultural artifacts, including many valuable bells made in ancient China and other foreign countries. You easily gain the impression that you are walking into a kingdom of bells when you see them all. Here, you also have the chance to appreciate both the Chinese and foreign music and songs played by the famous chime bell of Marquis Yi of Zeng. (Zeng is a small state during the Warring States Period, 476 BC-221 BC), which can also be found at the Hubei Provincial Museum. They were delivered in three layers, 65 pieces in all and made from bronze.

Additionally, if you would like to own one yourself, you can ask the authorized designers to either replicate or make one for you to mark an occasion, like wedding or other happy events.



What's Included
Domestic transportation as detailed in the itinerary
Private English-speaking guide 
Experienced Chinese-speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle
Admission tickets to all sights listed on the itinerary – no hidden costs
Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle
Meals as specified in quality local restaurants

What's Not Included
International flights to and from China
International travel insurance (you should purchase your own policy in your home country)
Accommodation - if you want us to book hotels for you, please let your advisor know either via email: 1935990176@QQcom or add customized requirement while you purchase our tours.

Tips for your guide and driver
Other personal expenses


Notes:

This tour price is for two persons,and the one day tour price is for 8 hours a day, every 2 hours extra will be charged 30 US dollars per person.

Meals may change based on the time and location. You can also ask your guide to change your meals. We will try our best to help you enjoy a variety of Chinese food.

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