Located 45 kilometers west of Beijing, Tanzhe Temple dates back to the Jin Dynasty (265-420 AD) and is not only the oldest temple in the surrounding hills, but was also once one of Beijing's most important and famous temples.
Despite its old age, most of the temple has been refurbished since Tanzhe became an official satellite tourist attraction; however, the two "Emperor" gingko trees are originals, dating back roughly 1,000 years.
Comprised of the Archway, the Front Gate, Deveraja Hall, Mahavira Hall and Vairochana Pavilion, Tanzhe owns a rich history and is a worthwhile destination for tourists in Beijing for an extended stay.
Early spring is the best time to see the surroundings in full-bloom.
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