Xian Ba Xian An Monastery
Ba Xian An Monastery, the famous scenic spot of Taoism, is situated in the north of the Changle Fang Street, in the east suburb close to the east city wall of Xi’an City. It is the largest Taoist Temple in Xi’an, also the most well-known Taoist building in Northwest Area. It is said that the Ba Xian An Monastery was established during the Song Dynasty to commemorate “the Eight Immortals in Legend”.
In 1900 when the Eight Allied Force invaded, the Emperor Guang Xu and his mother, Empress Ci Xi, once tool refuge here. Therefore, Ci Xi wrote and made the financial investment to refit the temple. The building as it now stands is the result of the repair in Qing Dynasty.
The temple covers an area of 8,200 square meters. After series of repairs and renovations, it still possesses the typical layout of Ming and Qing Dynasty. The entrance to the Monastery is wide and open. There are two large bricks toriis standing there and rows of trees are planted on both sides of the area. In front of the monastery, there is a huge screen wall with four Chinese Characters “Wan Gu Chang Qing” (means remaining fresh forever). There are three hill gates. The Bell tower and Drum Tower stands on each side of the gates. It is divided into three sections. The Linggong Palace, the Ba Xian Palace and the Doumu Palace in the middle; the Lu Zu palace, the Yao Wang Palace and other features in the east; Qiu Zu Palace and the Jianyuan Rool in the west.
After several restorations of the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasies, the Ba Xian An Monastery has become a popular and important place for Taoism activities.
The Ba Xian An Monastery has been recognized by the State Council as a national key temple. On the Double Nine Festival, many people come here to burn joss sticks and pay of a blessing. It turned out to be a great attraction for people from home and abroad.
Add: Changlefang Nei, Xi’an City
Transport: Bus 102, 11, 27. get off at Jishiguai
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