Kai Yuan Si

Kai Yuan Si, Zhengding County: Address, Phone Number, Kai Yuan Si Reviews: 5/5

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AJ @ CK
Beijing, China106 contributions
Impressive relics from the Tang Dynasty
Oct 2019
Kaiyuan Temple is really interesting. Not only does it have the only remaining Tang Dynasty bell tower in China, but it also has one of the largest Bixi (turtle base for a stela) ever found in China, and part of the massive stela next to it. The size and weight of these is just incredible. There's also the unusual San Men pavilion, which looks very unlike other Chinese buildings. As with all the temples in Zhengding (except Longxing aka Big Buddha Temple) it stays open until 11pm and is brightly lit up, making it ideal for night photography. Entry is 10RMB.

Right next to the temple you can see part of the archaeological excavation of Zhengding left uncovered with signs explaining the different features (in Chinese only unfortunately).

It’s very easy to get to, being only a 20-minute cab ride from the centre of Shijiazhuang, or take bus 177 from the medical university bus stop (河北医大) north of the stadium on Zhongshan Road to Zhengding Nanmen (正定南门; if using a transport card you’ll be asked to pay twice when leaving the previous payment zone). Then walk into the walled town and see the map with specific directions to this temple and the others in Zhengding.
Written 29 October 2019
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Hawkdai007
Hong Kong, China469 contributions
The only existing bell tower from Tang Dynasty
Oct 2019 • Family
Went there with my family and in-laws. We were all very impressed with the only existing bell tower from Tang Dynasty.
Written 20 October 2019
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