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3 Spiritual Places Why You Must Visit China At Least Once in a Lifetime

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3 Spiritual Places Why You Must Visit China At Least Once in a Lifetime

China, the fascinating country on the far East where tradition and contemporary seem to be in a constant mix. When you first think of it, two types of imagery can pop up in mind. The first image is of endless rice fields and villages and awe-inspiring landscapes, including one of the world’s natural wonders – The Great Wall. The second image is that of sky-touching buildings in different lights that create a playful skyline untouchable for the humans on the ground.

However, there is a third image that pops up in the minds of a group of people, and this one is why you should put visiting China on your bucket list. I am talking about the distinctive temples that portray the spiritual side of China, the one which embodies the religious beliefs of the Chinese people and teaches the visitors of its past and present.

If you are looking for peace of mind, the calmness of the body and spiritual self-discovery, here is why you should visit China and its wonders.

1. Temple of Heaven Park, Beijing

Temple of Heaven Park, Beijing

A religious site that dates back to the 15th century is the Temple of heaven park, which is a series of altars and prayer halls. It is a marvelous set of buildings with white-marble terraces, luscious gardens and cypress trees, and pinewoods. Probably the most crucial part is the complex’s showpiece – the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. It has three floors and is wrapped in a rainbow riot of Ming and Qing friezes. On top, it has an indigo-blue roof.

Even though you can’t enter inside, you can take a peek into the interior made of kaleidoscopic exuberance where emperors kneeled once upon a time. What is the most fascinating is the fact that this Temple, as well as the other wooden spiritual buildings in China, has no nails.

The best time to visit it is early in the morning, at 8 am, when the gates open as you will be able to enjoy the serenity. And you will avoid the rush also.

2.The Great Mosque, Xian

The Great Mosque, Xian

Even though Buddhism and Taoism are the most practiced religions in China, Islam also has its supporters as well. And this Mosque is proof of it. It represents a classic mix of Islamic art and traditional Chinese architecture which makes this place the focal pint od the city’s community.  It is undoubtedly, one of the largest, oldest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China.

There are lots of unique gardens arranged in a well-designed layout which becomes more serene as you stroll further into the center of it.

3. The Hanging Monastery, Datong

The Hanging Monastery, Datong

A stilted wooden temple that literally hangs on the side of a gorge. And most amazing is the fact that the wooden stilts are only for show and are not the pillars of this exciting building. Inside, statues of the three leaders Buddha, Confucius, and Lao Tzu can be seen grouped together.

Of course, there are a lot of stairs that lead to a Cliffside and the steps culminate in a small Taoist temple which only the local believers use for praying. Once you get to the top, you will be left speechless. In front of you is a vast plain that fills the heart and soul with energy.

4. The Mogao Grottoes, Duhuang

 

For a full Buddhist experience, you should visit the Mogao Grottoes which are recognized as the most important collections of Buddhist art in the world.  They were built about 366 AD when rich traders and officials donated fo the necessary conditions to be fulfilled for building the caves. They were used the most during the Tang dynasty when there were 18 active monasteries with over 1400 monks and nuns along with many translators, artists, and calligraphers. 

They are located in the Gobi desert about 25 km southeast of Dunhuang and you can get there with a bust tour that starts and ends at the visitor center. You can also get there by taxi but it is much more expensive. You can listen to some historical background about the place and also watch short films on wide screens.

Learn more at https://mustvisitx.com/ about China and other reasons why you must visit this wonderful country that is a link to the past and the future. 

 

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