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The Most Fascinating Temples in China

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I'm sure we can all agree that temples can be beautiful, majestic, serene, opulent, austere, spiritual... and, after seeing five in one day, hard to tell apart or care about. The temples on this list all have a claim to fame so you can skip to the most awing ones and give yourself a break in between for some dancing in the park.
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Liwan, Guangzhou, China, 510140
Guangzhou's opulent jade market is outshone by the nearby Hualin Temple and its 500 gold buddhas. Call out Marco and see if you hear Polo--maybe that way you'll find the Marco Polo that has been metamorphosed into a buddha. Even if you don't find...
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Tainan, East District, Tainan City, Taiwan
In the Taoist Yaowang Miao (temple), dedicated to the god of medicine, a kneeling woman who kept throwing stones on the ground captivated me and I asked about her ritual. As it turns out, the temple houses a bunch of wooden tablets with different...
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Lhasa, Tibet, China, 850000
The heart of the city of Lhasa, Tibet is Barkhor Square. The place thrives with all sorts of commercial and religious activities that are uniquely Tibetan and it’s a great place to just watch a very fascinating world go by. While there are a few...
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1 Tiantan E Rd, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100061
This complex of Taoist religious buildings was constructed in the early 15th century under the Yongle Emperor, who also commissioned the Forbidden City, just to the north. The temple's central building is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a...
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141 Chaoyangmen Outer St, Chao Wai, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China
Dongyue Temple is a Yuan dynasty Taoist temple, founded in 1319. Dongyue is dedicated to the god of Mount Tai, the Taoist god of the underworld. Often erroneously referred to as the god of hell—as Taoism as no concept of hell like that of Western...