Religious Heritage Of Beijing

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Duration : 4 to 8 hours
Starting Price : 212USD/Person

Tour Description

Pick up at your hotel at 9:00am. Transfer to the Temple of Heaven by car. The Temple of Heaven(1.5 hours), completed in 1420 during the reign of Ming Emperor Yongle, originally served as the most sacred space in which the emperor (the Son of Heaven) would perform the most important sacrifices and rites. Then transfer to Niujie mosque(1 hour), which is located in the city's Hui district, near numerous Muslim restaurants and shops. There are around 80 mosques in Beijing and the Ox Street Mosque is the oldest and largest of them all dating back to the 10th century.

Temple of Heaven:

Baihai Park is situated in the Xicheng District and has a history of more than 1,000 years. This park was built up through five dynasties, the Liao (916-1125), the Jin(1115-1234), the Yuan (1271-1368), the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing (1644-1911). Though it was a royal garden, it remains grand with a hint of exquisite elegance as well. It covers an area of 69 hectares (171 acres), with over a half covered by water. The whole park can be divided into four scenic areas: Qionghua Islet (Jade Flower Islet), Circular City, the eastern bank area and the northern bank area.

Niujie mosque:

The Niujie Mosque covers an area of approximately 6000 square meters. The mosque is a mixture of Islamic and Chinese cultures. From the outside, its architecture shows traditional Chinese influence while the inside has mostly Islamic decorations. The mosque, built out of timber, is home to some important cultural relics and tablets such as the upright tablet of an emperor's decree proclaimed in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty.

Lunch at a characteristic restaurant(1.5 hours).

Then move on Fayuan temple(1 hour), with over 1300 years of history, Fayuan Temple is one of Beijing's oldest and most respected Buddhist temples. Listen to a religious culture speech in a local tea house.

Fayuan temple:

The temple was first built in 645 during the Tang Dynasty by Emperor Li Shimin, and later rebuilt in the Zhengtong Period (1436-1449) of the Ming Dynasty. The temple occupies an area of 6,700 square meters. The temple also contains a large number of cultural relics, including sculptures of ancient bronzes, stone lions, as well as gilded figures of the three Buddhas-Vairochana. The temple also features large number of Buddhist texts from the Ming and Qing dynasties.

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