Fayuan Temple (Fayuan Si) doesn’t get the top billing that do Lama Temple and Temple of Heaven, and this is what makes it such a treat to visit. This is Beijing’s oldest surviving temple—well, parts of it are anyway. The temple was originally built in 645, in honor of soldiers killed in battle. Due to fire, earthquake, and war, much of the temple as seen today dates to the early 18th century. The Chinese Buddhist Academy was founded here in 1956, and today retains an active Buddhist community. It’s an oasis of peace, off the paths of tourists and locals. If you’re lucky, you’ll arrive in time to see monks in yellow robes partaking in acts of prayer.