Best Place to See Magnolias in Beijing2016-04-20 15:19:25Share:
Time: March 30 - April 15
Dajue Temple is located at the southern foot of Yangtaishan Mountain in the western suburbs of Beijing. The temple was built in 1068.
The Temple of Great Awakening, also called Temple of Enlightenment or Dajue (in Chinese) Temple, is located on the southern slope of Yangtai Mountain in the western suburb of Beijing. This temple is famous for clear springs, ancient trees, beautiful magnolias and a peaceful environment. Its construction was started in 1068 in the Liao Dynasty (916-1125) and its original name was Clear Water Temple (Qingshui Yuan in Chinese) for there was a clear spring flowing through the temple. In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the temple changed its present name. It was open to the public in 1992. Since 1997, the Magnolia Festival has been held every April as well as other exhibitions and cultural activities. In 2006, the Temple of Great Awakening was listed as an important cultural relic site under state-level protection.
Constructed according to the mountain contour, the Temple of Great Awakening faces east, reflecting the construction arrangement of worshipping the sun by the Liao People. Covering an area of 6,000 sq meters (0.6 hectare), it is composed of temples in the middle, temporary palaces for emperors in the south and dwellings for monks in the north.
The magnolia tree at the temple is said to be 300 years old. It was planted by a Buddhist monk named Jialing who lived in the Qing Dynasty (1644–-1911). It blossoms each year around early April. The magnolia flowers in Dajue Temple are exceptionally large, bright, elegant and fragrant. These eye-catching flowers surpass other magnolias in Beijing and draw crowds of tourists each spring. There is a tea house on the temple grounds where visitors can sip tea while appreciating the flowers.
Travel route: You can take Bus No. 903 that departs every half hour from the Forbidden City to Dajue Temple. There are also trains from Beijing South Train Station to Dajue Temple.
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