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Big Bell Temple

Introducing to Big Bell Temple, Big Bell Temple Guide, Big Bell Temple Travel Guide
Article from China Internet Information Center

The Big Bell Temple is situated in Beisanhuan Xilu (western section of the North 3rd Ring Road), approximately two kilometers east of Haidian Road. When the Big Bell Temple was first built in 1733, it was called the Temple of Righteous Awakening. In 1743, during the reign of Emperor Qianlong, a giant bell was transferred from the Temple of Longevity (Wanshousi) to this temple. From then on, it has commonly been referred to as the Big Bell Temple.

Big Bell Temple compound contains three rows of halls, one lined up behind the other. In the courtyard in front of the first big hall is an ancient cypress which has an elm branch grafted onto its trunk.

The famous bell hangs in the Bell Tower at eh rear of the compound. The tower is 16.7 meters high, with a square base, a circular upper structure and windows on four sides. It is said that Yao Guangxiao cast the bronze bell during the Yongle period (1403-1424) of the Ming Dynasty. The bell is 6.87 meters high, 3.3 meters in diameter, 0.22 meter thick and weighs 46.5 tons. Known as the "Huayan Bell."

By climbing the spiral stairway to the top of the tower, the visitor will obtain a fine view of the surrounding countryside.

Quick Facts on Big Bell Temple 

Name: Big Bell Temple 
Location: 8Km form Beijing
Dates: Qing Dynasty 1733 AD
Best Time to Visit: All Year
Recommended Time for a Visit: 1 Hour
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 16:30 (Closed on Mondays)
Admission Fee: CNY 10

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