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- Name：Jie Tai Temple
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- Address：Ma An Shan , Men Tou Gou District, Beijing(北京市门头沟区东南部马鞍山麓)
- Open：8：00—18：00 (Summer); 8：00—17：30 (Winter)
- Transportation: Take bus No. 921, 336, 959 to Ping Guo Yuan and transfer No. 931 and get off at Jie Tai Temple.
Jie Tai Temple is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Beijing. Jie Tai Temple takes pride as the largest Buddhist altar in China. It is located 35km west of Beijing and is only 10km from Tanzhe Temple . Jie Tai Temple takes its name from its famous Ming marble ordination altar, built some 1,300 years ago. This altar is nearly 5 meters high and is decorated with exquisite carvings. The temple was first built in the year 622 during the Tang dynasty but most of the buildings here now date from the Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911). The temple sits on a hillside looking more like a fortress than a temple, surrounded by forbiddingly tall red walls. On a clear day, this temple offers an unhindered view of Beijing.
There are about 18 statues of arhats (阿罗汉) in the Jie Tai Temple that look more like having life with accurate facial expressions. The temple has ten old pine branches that point towards the heaven. It is said that under these branches, writers, poets, and emperors have engraved their writings. Surrounding the main hall are a number of courtyards containing rock formations and ancient twisted pine and cypress trees. It is renowned for its venerable pines - eccentric looking trees growing in odd directions. Indeed, one, leaning out at an angle of about thirty degrees, is pushing over a pagoda on the terrace beneath it.
In addition to the main buildings, there are some special buildings such as tomb tower and stone pillars with Buddhism inscriptions, which, high or low, hide themselves among the towering ancient trees. The enormous white marble ordination platform is China's largest and intricately carved with figures - monks, monsters (beaked and winged) and saints.