Tanzhe Temple

Tan Zhe Si, or Deep Pond and Zhe-Tree Temple in English, located near Beijings Western Hills, is the Beijing areas oldest Buddhist temple. In fact, some believe that the temple actually predates the city, i.e., that it was left standing when the Mongol hordes of Genghis Khan, in CE 1215, razed the Jin (CE 1115-1234) Dynasty capital, Zhongdu, where Dadu cum Beijing was later to be built, to the ground.

The temples name derives from the fact that behind the temple lies a deep pond, ca…

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