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Beichan Temple

As one of the tour destinations along the silk road, where you can not only visit the precious and exquisite historic sites, but also, take pictures of steep and fantastic mountain scenery.

Introduction of Beichan Temple:
Beichan Temple is located on the North Hill in Xining City which has the alternative names of Tulou Temple or Beishan Taoist Monastery. It covers the area of 28,000 square metres (about 6.9 acres). Although the Beichan Temple is not very famous, but it has a very long history, however it is a best place for travelers who would like to visit the historical build. In addition, the landform of Beishan Temple is red and abrupt, and tourists can overlook the whole Xining City on the hill, which is a good option of mountain climbing.

What to visit in Beichan Temple:
Beichan Temple was built during the Northern Wei period (386-534) on the hillside, topping dangerous rocks and bottoming a deep valley, and it is the earliest representative or religious architecture in Qinghai Province. It was constructed based on a natural fault-age on the mountainside according to Danxia Landscape featuring stone alternating between softness and hardness. Let's continue to visit, you will see a special scenery, when you looking up you can see the steep cliff and looking down you can see the cleft, which is quite interesting that only the temple hangs in the middle, hence its other name Xuankong Temple (Hanging Temple). It is the second largest Xuankong Temple in China.
In the temple, you will see nine grottoes and 18 caves, with painted patterns and murals plus the statues of Buddha. The architectural structure of the main building is quite unique and exquisite. Meanwhile, the cable car at the foot leads to the top of the hill, where people can enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Xining. Featuring Buddhist architecture and Taoist architecture styles it is renowned by its name. A Bright Pearl on the southern path of the silk road. The red crags on the hill side has been eroded to form a Buddha statue.

The structure of Beichan Temple:
The main part of the Temple includes Gate, Kuixing Court, Lu Zu Hall, Lingguan Hall. The man-made caves are distributed on the plank road to the east of Beichan Temple, and it is familiarly known as "Nine Grottoes and Eighteen Caves". In the caves, there are the remaining frescos from Jin Dynasty to Song, Yuan and Ming Dynasty, and the frescos have the painting style of Han and Tibet nationalities.

Open-air Buddha's Warrior attendant & Ningshou Tower:
At the east side of Beichan Temple, there is the giant Buddha joss with the name of "Open-air Buddha's Warrior attendant "and the height of it is thirty meters, which is also called "Flashing Buddha", is formed by sculpturing on the foundation of the original weathered terror. At the top of the northern mountain there is Ningshou Tower. When it is raining or foggy, all the halls, caves and towers are partly hidden and partly visible just like fairyland, which is the reason why people call it "The Fog and Rain in The Northern Mountain".

Other travel information:
In addition to visiting ancient buildings and photographing steep mountains, visitors can also overlook the north side of Xining City if the weather is good. because it has a wide field of vision and is suitable for photography.

When is the best time to visit?
Every summer is the best time to travel to Beichan Temple, during that period, tourists can hear the sound of cicadas and the prayer of Panchen. By the way, a large scale and various religious activities will be held in January, April and September, at that time, a large number of visitors will be attracted to attend the activities.

How to get there?
1. Travelers can take bus No. 10, No. 11, No. 19 and No. 21 to get off at Beishan Market Station.
2. Visitors can also take taxi to the scenic area, and the starting price of Xining is 8 yuan.

The admission fees: Free of Charge

Opening Time:
8.00 AM to 6.00 PM

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