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  • 1. Confucius Temple

    Dongcheng District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This tranquil temple to China's great sage has endured close to eight centuries of additions and restorations. The Hall of Great Accomplishment...Read More

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  • 2. Temple of Heaven

    Xuanwu District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A prime example of Chinese religious architecture, this is where emperors once performed important rites. It was a site for imperial sacrifices...Read More

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  • 3. Big Bell Temple

    Haidian District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 18th-century temple shields China's biggest bell and more than 400 smaller bells and gongs from the Ming, Song, and Yuan dynasties. The...Read More

  • 4. Fahai Temple

    Shijingshan District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The stunning works of Buddhist mural art at Fahai Temple, 20 km (12 miles) west of the central city, are among the most underappreciated sights...Read More

  • 5. Five-Pagoda Temple

    Haidian District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Hidden among trees just behind the zoo and set amid carved stones, the temple's five pagodas reveal obvious Indian influences. It was built...Read More

  • 6. Jietai Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The four main halls of one of China's most famous ancient Buddhist sites occupy terraces on a gentle slope up to Ma'an Shan (Saddle Hill), 35...Read More

  • 7. Lama Temple

    Dongcheng District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the most important functioning Buddhist temples in Beijing, this much-visited Tibetan Buddhist masterpiece has five main halls and numerous...Read More

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  • 8. Niujie (Ox Street) Mosque

    Xuanwu District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Originally built during the Liao Dynasty in 996, Niujie is Beijing's oldest and largest mosque. It sits at the center of the Muslim quarter...Read More

  • 9. Source of Law Temple

    Xuanwu District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This quiet temple is also a school for monks—the Chinese Buddhist Theoretical Institute houses and trains them here. Of course, the temple functions...Read More

  • 10. Tanzhe Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A Buddhist complex nestled in a grove of zhe (cudrania) trees near Jietai Temple was established around AD 400 and once home to more than...Read More

  • 11. Temple of Longevity

    Haidian District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A Ming empress built this temple to honor her son in 1578. Qing emperor Qianlong later restored it as a birthday present to his mother. From...Read More

  • 12. Temple of the Reclining Buddha

    Haidian District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Although the temple was damaged during the Cultural Revolution and poorly renovated afterward, the Sleeping Buddha remains. Built in 627–629...Read More

  • 13. Temple of the White Pagoda

    Xicheng District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 13th-century Tibetan stupa, the largest of its kind in China, dates from Kublai Khan's reign and owes its beauty to an unnamed Nepalese...Read More

  • 14. White Clouds Taoist Temple

    Xicheng District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This lively Taoist temple founded in the 8th century serves as a center for China's only indigenous religion. Monks wearing blue-cotton coats...Read More

  • 15. Yunju Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    To protect the Buddhist canon from destruction by Taoist emperors, the devout Tang-era monk Jing Wan carved Buddhist scriptures into stone slabs...Read More

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