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Xian - Daxingshan Temple

Shaanxi - Xian - Yan'an

Daxingshan Temple is situated in the suburbs south of Xian. It is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in China. It was originally built during the the Sui and Tang dynasties and has been destroyed and rebuilt several times since the 10th century.

During the Sui dynasty, Buddhism prevailed widely in Chang'an (Xian's earlier name). Many Indian monks remained there to translate the sutras and promulgate the Buddhist doctrines.

Over time, the Daxingshan Temple became one of 3 temples especially used for translating sutras. The other 2 are Ci'en Temple and Jianfu Temple.

The present-day Daxingshan Temple is the result of large-scale restorations in 1955 and 1983. Inside the temple, Qing-style architectural features are predominant, including Mountain Gate, Devajara Hall (Hall of the Heavenly Kings), Mahavira Hall, Bell and Drum Towers, Kwan-yin Palace and many other halls in which Buddhist followers can pray.

Today, the Daxingshan Temple and its surroundings have been developed into a park temple and are open to tourists.