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Guoqing Scenic Area

4.7/5
519 Reviews
Temple
Liked by 4
Closed Open from 7:30am-4:00pm
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-2 hours
Address: Guochi Road, Guoqingsi Village, Tiantai County, Taizhou City
Phone: 0576-83958197 0576-83958610

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The most beautiful ancient temple on the road of Tang poetry in eastern Zhejiang. I know that Guoqing Temple is because of the work of the photographer. This temple was built in the Sui Dynasty and is the birthplace of Tiantai School of Chinese Buddhism. 👉Scenic spot name: Tiantai Mountain Guoqing Scenic Area 📍Address: Guoqing Road, Tiantai County, Taizhou City 🚙 Transportation: The most suitable for self-driving, there is a parking lot next to the entrance arch of the scenic spot, and you can drive to the temple in the early morning. ⏰Business hours: 07:00-16: 00 (actually you can enter very early, we entered at 5:30) Tickets: free of charge After the archway is the entrance to the scenic spot, because of the free relationship, the road is now unimpeded. Although it says "Motor vehicles are prohibited", many people drive in early in the morning without blocking them. On both sides are tall cypress trees, along the way there are pavilions, streams, an uncle who meditates, and a young man who jogs in the morning... The most attractive thing is the rice field on the west side, which makes people suddenly enlightened. The Sui Pagoda in the distance adds a bit of Zen in the early morning glow. It takes about 15-20 minutes to walk from the entrance to the temple. There are scattered vendors selling incense and masks on the road. It is said that one cannot enter the temple without a mask. But the actual control is not strict. I don’t know if it’s because we arrived too early, the entrance is actually located at a door in the living area. After showing your health code and registering your name and phone number, you can go in. The wall facing the "Ancient Temple of the Sui Dynasty" is actually the main entrance to the right, but it was closed when we went. There is a stream on the south side of Zhaobi, there is a bridge over the stream, and ancient trees on both sides of the sky. Many local elderly people practice Tai Chi here and are extremely comfortable. Looking at the scenery on the bridge, I was fascinated. Five scalpers came oncoming and almost bumped into each other... It was a magical encounter. Vaguely, I heard the sound of chanting. After entering the courtyard, it turned out that it was the morning class time for the monks. It was probably too early. Many temples were closed, only Maitreya Hall and Yuhua Hall were open. However, the building of the temple itself is already a cultural relic, and it is worthwhile to stroll around while there are few people. Especially the Sui Mei tree hand-planted by the eminent monk of the Sui Dynasty and the initiation master Zhang An, the fifth ancestor of the Tiantai Sect, is still full of vitality, and it must be even more stunning when it blooms. I have seen many famous temples and ancient temples, but Guoqing Temple gives me the feeling that it is really antique. The moss at the foot of the wall, the mottled wooden door, bit by bit, are all marks left by history. Although the trip was hurried this time, I really enjoyed the moment of tranquility here, and my heart would be quiet involuntarily. If there is fate, we will meet again.

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Guoqing Scenic Area is located in Tiantai County. The Guoqing Temple is built according to the styles of the masters of the Tiantai Emperor's founding wise men. The ancient trees in the temple are the ancestral temples of China's Tiantai and the must-see destination for tourists to the rooftops. Guoqing Temple has an important position in the history of Buddhism and the history of Sino-foreign relations. Temple Week preserves a large number of precious cultural relics such as cliffs, inscriptions, handwritten books, Buddha statues and musical instruments.
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