How to visit Hongluo Temple

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Are you planning your Beijing excursions? I went to Hongluo Temple with my friend last Sunday. Hongluo Temple is one of the largest and most extensive Buddhist temples located in Huairou, the northern Beijing.

The Hongluo Temple is 55 kilometers from downtown Beijing, I got up at 6 o’clock in the morning. The best way to get there is to take No. 867 from Dongzhimen.

After arriving at Dongzhimen Station, get off at Exit B to the bus station.

After arriving at Dongzhimen Station, get off at Exit B to the bus station.

When we arrived at Dongzhimen, I felt very hungry because I didn’t have breakfast. In order to save time, we decided to have some fast food.

Are you familiar with this place? Yeah, it’s McDonald’s!

Are you familiar with this place? Yeah, it’s McDonald’s!

The bus runs from 7:00 to 17:00 everyday at an internal of 30 minutes with the cost of RMB7.00 for one way. It’s 7:35 when we got to the bus station after a quick breakfast. Unfortunately, Bus of No. 867 has just left. So we had to wait for another 30 minutes for the next bus.

Bus No. 867 finally arrived around 8:00.

Bus No. 867 finally arrived around 8:00.

After more than two-hour’s drive, we were brought to the gate of Hongluo Temple, and it’s also the terminus of the bus.

The outside gate of Hongluo Temple

The outside gate of Hongluo Temple

 

The traders on the right side of the road cried out to sell us things.

The traders on the right side of the road cried out to sell us things.

 

One woman was showing her biggest gourd to us very happily.

One woman was showing her biggest gourd to us very happily.

As soon as we arrive at the ticket-office of the temple, we bought tickets for entrance. The admission fee is CNY40.00 per person, not very cheap. The following two pictures are the both sides of the tickets.

the obverse side of the ticket

the obverse side of the ticket

We entered into the Hongluo Temple from the main entrance. According to the guide map, we knew that the temple is divided into 5 courtyards. After entering the main gate, you will find a huge tripod in front of you.

This is the main entrance of Hongluo Temple.

This is the main entrance of Hongluo Temple.

There are three ways to climb to the top hill, and we chose the shortest and steepest way. Half an hour later, we arrived at Guanyin Temple. There are several different kinds of Guanyin. We worshiped them one by one.

on the way to Guanyin Temple

on the way to Guanyin Temple

worship in front of Guanyin Tempe

worship in front of Guanyin Tempe

After getting out from Guanyin Temple, we kept climbing to Tianmen Mountain. The natural scene of the Hongluo Temple is very beautiful. It leans against the Hongluo Moun-tain in the north and overlooks the Hongluo Lake in the south.

It was foggy last Sunday. So the far away view was very hazy.

It was foggy last Sunday. So the far away view was very hazy.

 

View Corridor is located on the right east of Guanyin Temple.

View Corridor is located on the right east of Guanyin Temple.

 

the gate of Arhad Garden

the gate of Arhad Garden There are totally 500 Arhats with different poses in the Arhat Garden. the big Buddha there in the garden

 

the big Buddha there in the garden

the big Buddha there in the garden

After getting out from the garden, it’s already 2 pm in the afternoon. We were both hungry. So we decided to go back home.

 

taking Bus No. 867 to home

taking Bus No. 867 to home

Since time is limited, there were still some places we didn’t reach. But wondering around the temple, breathing the fresh air, I would be attracted by this quite place and be addicted in the nature. What a wonderful journey it is!

 

I was so tired after I arrived in Tianmen Mountain that I could keep climbing to the top of the hill. So we decided to go downhill from another way, from which we could pass by View Corridor and Arhad Garden.

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