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Address: No.5 Lumicang Hu Tong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China
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Quiet temple

A by chance web search landing led us to this quiet little Ming dynasty temple and I am glad it did. Zhihua temple is an out of the way temple without the hoards of tour groups... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2016
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

ZhiHua Temple is a very small temple in Beijing, but it's my favorite place. This temple was built in 1444, is a rare Ming style building existe still in Beijing. Its music is the world cultural heritage, there are 2 small concert of this ancient music everyday, 10:30 and 3:30 (except mercreci I think). There are lot of beautiful sculpture.... More 

Thank Loulou K
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Not really promoted on tourist sites, this is well worth hunting down. The temple is behind an unassuming gate in an unassuming hutong. It contains a unique octagonal library for storing religious texts, and a wonderful unrestored ceiling. Most days there are performances of traditional temple music in the morning and afternoon. Worth a detour.

1 Thank colinbrown855
Canberra, Australia
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 July 2016

Tucked away in the Lumicang Hutong this quiet Buddhist temple has many interesting features, including English interpretation. It can be reach from either Chaoyangmen or Jianguomen subway. The temple complex is known for its associated musical history and is one of the few Ming dynasty wooden complexes in old Beijing to remain largely intact. No other visitors were there when... More 

Thank kimlG6502DB
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31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

A by chance web search landing led us to this quiet little Ming dynasty temple and I am glad it did. Zhihua temple is an out of the way temple without the hoards of tour groups. Although some 'attractions' are gone; a ceiling in a US museum and the Four Heavenly Kings to an unknown place, the temple is a... More 

Thank Kwfont
Beijing, China
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251 reviews
135 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2016

Zhihua Temple is a little temple hidden in the old narrow alleys 10 minutes' walk north of Jianguomen metro station. It was built in Ming Dynasty and sponsored by the most powerful enuch of that time. Now the glories are gone, major ancient buildings are renovated (apparently not good enough). The wooden ceilings of the main hall were delicatedly built,... More 

Thank tensaisimon
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182 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

If you have a hankering to visit temples while in Beijing, this is worth putting on your list. It's smallish and quiet. But there's the charm of it. A beautiful tree shaded set of courtyards with not a tourist in sight will greet you on most days. It's not easy to find as its in a small Hutong area in... More 

Thank Ham M
Beijing, China
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103 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2016

It's a 1km walk (15 min) from exit H of the Chaoyangmen metro station on lines 2 or 6. This includes a 15 minute music performance that runs at 10:00 and 15:00. The music has a long history as it is unique to this temple. It's a Buddhist temple, but does not function as such. No worshipers, no incense and... More 

Thank Paulo D
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2015

The different halls are more or less empty because the Buddha statues and the art work was sold(?) to regional museums in the US. So there is absolutely no religions life going on in there. The live music performances are short and sounds for me like Beijing Opera just without singing, but a kindergarten is very nearby so you might... More 

Thank Christoph_KetCh
Chelsea, Michigan
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152 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2015

I enjoyed this temple for many reasons one was that few people go here. It is not right next to other sites. It is about a mile walk from the ancient observatory. Inside the temple there are large figures that beautifully painted.

Thank Asiantraveler53
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 April 2015

The Zhihua temple retains what is, apparently, the only temple music troupe performing Ming dynasty music. During the 2014 Ming exhibition at the British Museum in London this troupe were brought over to play. In November 2014 there was a morning and afternoon performance lasting about 15 minutes. The other main feature of this small temple is a huge, octagonal... More 

1 Thank Josh H

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