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Jietai Temple

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Introduction
Jietai Temple is a Buddhist temple in Mentougou District in western Beijing, China. It was constructed during the Tang dynasty, with major modifications made during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The temple is located on the mountainside of the Ma'an mountain approximately 25 kilometers from downtown Beijing. 

It was first built Kaihuang period of the Sui Dynasty (581-600) and was originally called the Huiju Temple (Wisdom Accumulation Temple). Like the older Tanzhe Temple nearby along China National Highway 108, Jietai Temple is now a tourist attraction of Beijing, takes its name from its famous Ming marble ordination altar.

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History
The temple was first built in 622AD during the Tang dynasty but most of the buildings in this temple date from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911AD).

Layout & Function
Surrounding the main hall are a number of courtyards containing rock formations and old pine and cypress trees. The temple is renown for its ancient trees that are the subject of many songs. It is said that the Chinese scholar tree known as the protector of Buddhism found on the grounds, is more than 1,000 years old. 

Other famous trees include "nine dragon tree" which has 9 branches that reach up to the sky like 9 flying dragons and the "mobile tree" which trembles even when only one branch is slightly touched. 

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Information
Admission Fee: CNY 45 (US$ 6.2); CNY 30 during April 20 to June 21.

Transportation: Take bus 931 at Pingguoyuan subway station, or tour bus 7 at Fuchengmen.

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