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Beijing Temple Ancient Monarchs Museum

131 Fuchengmen Inner St, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China

Temple of Ancient Monarchs

It's easy to get temple fatigue in China. Many tourists make the mistake of trying to see as many temples as possible, as if checking them off an invisible checklist.

If you want to add this temple to your list, it is a very famous one. It is incredibly old—even for China—and Emperors from both the Ming and Qing Wenchen Dynasties came here to worship. You can still see some of the skill and craftsmanship that sets this above other temples. Unfortunately, the temple was destroyed at one point and this is a reconstruction.

The secret to visiting temples in China is to pick one. Not one a day. One when you've been running around too much and you need to recharge your batteries. Bring a book if you must, but otherwise, just try to sit and enjoy the serene surrounding. Contemplate. Reset.

That's how to visit a temple in China.