Twin Pagoda Temple


20 RMB


8:00 to 17:00

How to get there:

  The temple is the southeastern corner of the city, and the most enjoyable way to get there is probably by bicycle. Ride along Chaoyang Jie for about 750 meters (800 yards), turn right on Shuangta Beilu and keep going for about 1.5 km (about one mile). Otherwise a taxi to "Shuang Ta Si" will cost about RMB 6, or you can try the bus, numbers 19 and 802 put you within walking range.  


Perfect examples of Ming Dynasty architecture, these 13 story Pagodas are home to a rare collection of steles from ancient Chinese calligraphers Wang Xizhi (303-361), Yan Zhenqing (709-785), Liu Zongyuan (773-819), and Su Dongpo (1037-1101).

Visitors to the temple are welcome to ascend the stairs to the 53 meter (150 feet) pinnacle and take in views of the surroundings. The temple is made entirely of brick and stone and was ordered built by Emperor Wan Li in 1608.

The best time to visit the Twin Pagoda Temple (Shuang Ta Si) is definitely springtime. In April and May, the peonies and cloves coating the hillsides are in full bloom, adding their delicate beauty to an already handsome complex.

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