Located at the fountainhead of the Jinshui River, the foot of the large Xuanweng Mountain, 25 km southwest of the city of Taiyuan, Jinci Temple is one of the most important historical relics under special protection of the State.
Jinci Temple was built in the Bei Wei Dynasty (386-534) as the ancestral temple for Shuyu, the second son of Zhouwu kingdom. The temple is skirted by the mountain and the river, where ancient trees soar to unbelievable heights and can be divided into three parts, the north, the center and the south, and the whole is filled with halls (most noticeably the Goddess Mother Hall [Shengmu dian], the oldest wooden construction in the city), terraces (including the first that you will come across upon entering, the Ming Dynasty [1368-1644 AD] Mirror Terrace [Shui jing tai]), pavilions, corridors and bridges.
The Jinci Temple feels a little like the more impressive of the Suzhou gardens, especially with the streams that run through the complex, although the litter somewhat ruins this effect. It is in compound with hall, pavilions, and towers. The Goddess Mother Hall, built from 1023 to 1032 during the Song Dynasty, dedicated to the mother of the Zhou Dynasty prince, Shuyu, is the most magnificent and oldest building remains of ancient in Jinci Temple. It is regarded an important example to the study of Song Dynasty architecture and to the history of architecture.
As one of the most original and oldest in this region of northeastern China, the Jinci Temple recently listed as a state protected sight of cultural heritage.
How to get Jinci Temple: From in front of the railway station, take bus No.8 (RMB2). The journey should take about 45 minutes.
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