Guide+DIY Tours
72 Hours Visa-Free Transit
Tianjin Cruise Port Beijing Transfer & Excursions
Off The Beaten Path Hutong Food Tour
Promises to Customers
Tourism is a variable industry with booming competitors’ presentations everyday, choosing a China Travel Agency and subscribe for a China tour online is a hard choice to make. Take a couple of minutes to know our advantages and promises.
Home » Home » Huayan Temple

Huayan Temple

Located to the west of Datong City, Huayan Temple was one of the important temples for the Huayan Sect (one of the seven important Buddhist sects of China) during China's Liao Dynasty (916 - 1125) the sect found receptive popularity among the imperial courts. The original buildings served in part as the imperial ancestral temples but were destroyed in a fire. Rebuilt 1122 on a large scale with several extensions added during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) giving us the present complex.
Unlike other temple architecture in China, in which the main halls and buildings are north-south axis, with the facade facing towards the south, the temple constructions in the Huayan Temple are on an east-west axis with the main halls facing to the east. This was due to the Qidan, (a minority tribe living on the northern border of China who built the Liao Dynasty,) whose tradition of praying for the Divinity of the Sun to the east, thus taking East as superior to everything.
The temple complex is divided into two parts, namely the Upper Huayan and Lower Huayan, both of which respectively have its own mountain gate and temple layout. The Upper Huayan, featured with a range of gorgeously decorated buildings, among which, Daxiong Baodian is the main hall. With an area of 1,600 square meters (14,400 square feet), the hall stands imperially throughout ages and boasts to be one of the largest of its kind in China.
All sorts of color-clay statues of Five Buddha and twenty Buddha's warrior attendants are housed in the hall. The ceiling of the hall, intricately decorated with a variety of color-murals of dragons and phoenix, floras, Sanskrit Buddhist symbols and other geometric patterns, creates a rich visual feast for the eye. Twenty-one huge color paintings from the Qing Dynasty (1368 - 1644) on the interior wall are well preserved.
To the southeast of the Upper Huayan is its Lower counterpart, in which the Datong Museum is located. Compared to the splendid Upper Huayan, the Lower one is of a far more solemn appearance. The Sutra Preserving Hall in the latter part of the complex is where a collection of over 18,000 Buddhist sutra volumes and scripts are preserved. In addition, five finely carved wood-structured pavilions in the latter part of the hall are connected by arched bridges. These exquisite wood carved structures are the only remaining examples of their kind in China.
Most Recommended Beijing Great Wall tours
Beijing 2 Days-- Soul of Beijing
Price from: $229 P/P
BJ-77:Beijing boasting a history of over a thousand years is rich in cultural heritage and relics. This itinerary will take you to the most popular sites around the city. ...
Beijing 3 Days Essence City Break
Price from: $300 P/P
BJ-76:If you have limited time in Beijing want to make good use of your time,join this 3 days Essence city break is a perfect choice,the tour covers all the historical sit...
Beijing 4 Days Classic Private Tour Package
Price from: $365 P/P
BJ-27:This is one of our most popular tour,it covers all the important sites in Beijing,enjoy two night shows,and join our unique-Be my guest to dinning with locals in the...
Please use the space below for any questions that you may have
Or if you would like to make a booking, please fill in our Online Enquiry Form
* Name Country:
No more than 2,000 charaters ,please.
Send me an Email.
Verification code:

Committed to Quality

  • Quality people – highly trained professionals in all departments
  • Quality service - our future depends on past
  • Quality tours – we put ourselves in the shoes of our clients.

Authentic Experience

  • Sharing with you the hidden places not mentioned in guidebooks
  • Experience the local alleys and local life
  • Authentic Food & dinning experiences

Integrity and Honesty

  • Real value for money
  • Money back service guarantee
  • No hidden costs and tourist traps
  • Fairness and equity to customers, staff and suppliers

Tailor-Made- Holiday

  • Customize any vacation package,taking into consideration your ideas and wishes
  • The enquiry and quotation procedure is completely free of charge

Copyright © 2015 Discover Beijing Tours. All rights reserved. Web design:Qingfengteam