Beijing to Shanghai Sights

Temple of Mystery (Xuánmiàoguān)

  • Guanqian Jie
  • Suzhou
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 02/08/2016

Fodor's Review

One of the best-preserved Taoist complexes in Suzhou, the Temple of Mystery is a rare example of a wooden structure that has stood the test of time, with parts dating from the 12th century (it was founded in the 3rd century). Fortunately it suffered little damage in the Cultural Revolution, and retains a splendid ceiling of carefully arranged beams and braces painted in their original colors. The temple grounds back on to a large square that is now a touristy market.

Sight Information


Guanqian Jie, Suzhou, Jiangsu, 215002, China



Sight Details:

  • Y10
  • Daily 8:30–5

Published 02/08/2016


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