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Last Day in Taiyuan and Visit to Jinci Temple


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Jinci Temple

Jinci Temple was built in the Bei Wei dynasty (386-534 AD) but has connections to earlier temples built during the Western Zhou Dynasty over 1500 years ago. It is one of China's finest examples of an imperial garden. The internet said it was nice and all the guide books said it was a must see so we gave it a visit.

We caught a city bus about a block from our hotel after checking out and leaving our bags under lock and key. The 14 or so miles to Jinci Temple was very pleasant with friendly people getting of and gettin on at every location. The temple itself is about a twenty minute walk from the bus stop. As we walked to the temple entrance we met a couple of college students home on vacation. Of course, they were sweet and marvelous to visit with. We followed them around for awhile and then took off on our own for another wonderful adventure.

Very friendly College students home on summer vacation

Very friendly College students home on summer vacation

Chinese Zodiac at the first entrance

Chinese Zodiac at the first entrance

A nice Iron Lion guarding that first entrance

A nice Iron Lion guarding that first entrance

Walkway off to the right on the way to the main entrance

Walkway off to the right on the way to the main entrance

This looked to be a recent addition but a nice stone Carving

This looked to be a recent addition but a nice stone Carving

Everyone was taking pictures of these recent statues so....

Everyone was taking pictures of these recent statues so....

figured I might as well get in the picture as well

figured I might as well get in the picture as well

Near the stone carving we met another vacationing Student student with her mother

Near the stone carving we met another vacationing Student student with her mother

Chinese Lotus

Chinese Lotus

Anyone for some nice grapes. These things are expensive in Thailand

Anyone for some nice grapes. These things are expensive in Thailand

I called this the Eye temple

I called this the Eye temple

Nice view of one of the big garden and landscaped area. This is before one gets to the main entrance

Nice view of one of the big garden and landscaped area. This is before one gets to the main entrance

Theater in one of the garden areas

Theater in one of the garden areas

Chinese Oval

Chinese Oval

A very serene garden scene

A very serene garden scene

Jinci Temple is huge and goes on and on up the side of a mountain. The main hall is called Saint Mother Hall. It attracts many visitors because its extreme age and good shape for being the oldest building in the temple complex. It along with a couple of other similar buildings looked old. Not because they were run down, the architecture looked and felt ancient. They are impressive indeed.

Saint Mother Hall

Saint Mother Hall

A tourist posing for my picture

A tourist posing for my picture

Guess what? Another oval window

Guess what? Another oval window

These ancient carvings are all over the place

These ancient carvings are all over the place

Kinda looks like Song Dynasty ladies if I were to guess. All of them were completely different

Kinda looks like Song Dynasty ladies if I were to guess. All of them were completely different

A unique corner building

A unique corner building

To the left of Saint Mother Hall as you face it is the weirdest spring I have ever seen. It is supposed to have been around for a long time and is called Never Aging Spring. Figured I had better get some water from it.

Never Aging Spring

Never Aging Spring

Running spring water

Running spring water

The spring water filled up these ponds and then overflowed into a nice creek

The spring water filled up these ponds and then overflowed into a nice creek

I had read about the four iron men of Jinci on the internet (http://www.china-lifestyle.com/the-iron-men-of-jinci). It made for a good story and here I am with one of these famous guys.

One of the famous cast iron men of Jinci

One of the famous cast iron men of Jinci

Posing at the Red Doors

Posing at the Red Doors

Another ancient Iron Lion

Another ancient Iron Lion

The unique Flying Bridge is the only such bridge left in existence

The unique Flying Bridge is the only such bridge left in existence

I loved this time of year in China - Peaches!!

I loved this time of year in China - Peaches!!

There were several Hawkers outside the entrance to the main complex. We bought a map and some other mementos from one of them.

There were several Hawkers outside the entrance to the main complex. We bought a map and some other mementos from one of them.

We walked back to the bus station and had to wait about fifteen minutes to get on a very crowded bus. The bus ride back was even friendlier than the one we took coming in. What a pleasant adventure.

The crowded cityBus

The crowded cityBus

We never turn down Xinjiang-style bread. They put some additional topings on for our evening Dinner

We never turn down Xinjiang-style bread. They put some additional topings on for our evening Dinner

We returned to our hotel, picked up our luggage and got a taxi to the airport, several miles away. The airport was not very large and this late, there were only a couple of planes worth of passengers.

Posted by inchinahil 06:23 Archived in China Tagged architecture ancient_town buddhist_temples taiyuan jinci_temple shanxi_province

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