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Jietai Temple

China, an East Asian country is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It has a vast cultural history of more than five thousand years and an outstanding natural beauty. On the other hand, this country has remained a comparatively isolated and secluded one, and being a land of mystery, this country is not known to the western half of the world. However, China is rapidly developing and has grown in the phase of modernization, with an immense speed and is also welcoming the outer world to interact and do business with them.
Jietai Temple is located 35 kilometers west of Beijing and only 8 kilometers from Tanzhe Temple. Jietaisi, or temple of the ordination altar, takes its name from its renowned Ming marble ordination altar. Built some 1,300 years ago, this altar is nearly 5 meters 16 foot high and is adorned with subtle and fine carvings. The temple was first built in 622 AD in the Tang dynasty although most of the buildings in this temple datefrom the Qing dynasty that lasted from 1644 to 1911 AD. Surrounding the central hall are a number of courtyards containing rock formations and aged pine and cypress trees.
The temple is renowned for its ancient trees that are the topic of many songs. It is said that the Chinese scholar tree known as the protector of Buddhism found on the grounds, is more than a thousand years old. Other famous trees comprise of a nine dragon tree which has 9 branches that reach up to the skylike 9 flying dragons and the mobile tree which trembles even when only one branch is faintly touched.

Jietai Temple is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in China. It is worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place will leave a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justify the proud cultural tradition of China.

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