Temple of the Ordination Altar
Seated in Mentougou District, west suburbs of Beijing City, Temple of the Ordination Altar enjoys a time-honored history. Known as the Wisdom Accumulation Temple, the complex was first founded during the reign of Sui Emperor Kaihuang. This temple has many name, however, the temple is commonly known as Temple of the Ordination Altar.
The main building of Temple of the Ordination Altar is Jietandian. The shape of Jietandian is unique, and it looks solemn and respectful. It demonstrates the Tibetan Buddhist Characteristics.
There is a square white marble altar Stands in the center of the hall. As the biggest among the "Three Grand Ordination Altars in China", this altar has a reputation of "Number One Altar under Heaven".
With beautiful scenery, Temple of the Ordination Altar is also famous for its pine trees. Moreover, there are many rare flowers and grasses in the temple. The existed ancient clove, ancient weigela florida and peony all have a history of from 150 years to more than 200 years. So Temple of the Ordination Altar is the place really worth visiting during your visa free Beijing tour. In addition, tourists could know more about the history of this ancient temple.