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The city that got the ultimate makeover

Beijing is not the city it once was. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing depends entirely on your point of view. Well over a million people have been evicted from their homes to make way for the capital’s astonishingly rapid development, but the result is a more sophisticated, more worldly and more tolerant city. Groundbreaking architecture, plush five star hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants now rub shoulders with relics of the city’s past, be they street hawkers, traditional neighborhoods or UNESCO World Heritage sights.

金刚精舍 Chinese Templechee.hong / CC BY 2.0

Baiyun Guan

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Baiyun Guan

Authentic traditional Daoist temple and headquarters of Chinese Daoist Association

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Baiyun Guan is more focused on authentic worship than most. It is also the headquarters for the Chinese Daoist Association. The temple was built in 739, although some buildings are newer. Check out the Laolu[gum] Tang, where classes and ceremonies are held.

Baiyun Guan was once the most influential of all the Daoist temples in China. For many years following China’s cultural revolution it was used to house military personnel.

Baiyun Guan
9 Baiyunguan St, Xicheng, Beijing, China, Beijing
Phone
010/6346-3531
Hours
8:30am-4:30pm