The Badachu (simplified Chinese: 八大处; traditional Chinese: 八大處; pinyin: bādàchǔ; also known as "Badachu Park"), is a complex of monasteries located on the outskirts of urban Beijing, which means "Eight Great Sites" that refers to the eight Buddhist temples and nunneries scattered across the Cuiwei, Pingpo, and Lushi hills in Shijingshan District, at the foot of Beijing's Western Hills.
Temples & monasteries
- Changan Temple (长安寺), means the temple of Eternal Peace.
- Lingguang Temple (灵光寺), means the temple of Divine Light.
- Sanshan Nunnery (三山庵), means the nunnery of Three-hills.
- Dabei Temple (大悲寺), means the temple of Great Mercy.
- Longquan Nunnery (龙泉庵), means the nunnery of Dragon Spring.
- Xiangjie Temple (香界寺), means the temple of the Fragrant World.
- Baozhu Cave (宝珠洞), means the cave of Precious Pearl.
- Zhengguo Temple (正果寺), means the temple of Thoroughly Transform.
Visitors can stroll from one temple to another, enjoying the beautiful scenery and admiring the arbor and rare ancient trees. Some of these trees have been standing for over six centuries, but their roots and branches are still strong and in good shape. In September and October, when the leaves are turning red, crowds of tourists come to climb the mountains. There is a cable-car to the top of the hill.
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