Jietai Temple is located 35km (22 miles) west of Beijing and only 8km (5 miles) from Tanzhe Temple. It was first built in 622AD during the Tang dynasty but most of the buildings date from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911AD). Jietai Temple, or temple of the ordination altar, takes its name from its famous Ming marble ordination altar which was decorated with delicate and exquisite carvings.
Jietai Temple has lots of ancient trees with peculiar shapes and high viewing values including the lying Dragon Pine Tree, Isvara Pine Tree, Mobile Pine Tree, 9-Dragon Pine Tree and Tower-Embracing Pine Tree. Jietai Temple has been used for the ceremony of elevating monks to higher levels of the Buddhist hierarchy as far back as the Liao dynasty (907-1125).
- Location: Shifo Cun, Yongding Zhen, Mentougou District, Beijing
- Transportation: Take line one subway, or Bus No’s 921, 336 and 959 to Pingguoyuan Station and then change Bus No. 931 to the temple.
- Phone Number: (010) 69802232/ 69802645
- Hours: 8:00—18:00
- Admission: RMB35