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Jinci Temple

One of the most popular things to see while in Taiyuan, the Jinci Temple is one of northeast China’s most unique temple sites. The temple dates back over 1,500 years, when it was built and named after the King who changed his name to “Jin” after the river nearby. The Jin Springs river runs off the Xuanweng mountain just outside of the city of Taiyuan. 
The various structures, such as bridges and terraces, as well as statues in the temple area all originate from different dynasties throughout the centuries of China’s history.
Start by exploring the main hall, also known as the “Hall of the Holy Mother”. The hall was constructed in the 11th century during the Song Dynasty. There’s also a garden which houses an ancient cypress tree. The Wang Family compound from the Ming Dynasty is next to the Jinci Temple and open to visitors. 
Jinci is located around 25 kilometres from the centre of the city. It is an easy site to see on any stopover in the provincial capital.

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