Built over 1,600 years ago, Tanzhe
Temple is one of the most ancient Chinese Buddhist temples.
Its original name was Jiafu Temple. It got the name
Tanzhe from the presence of a pool (tan), and a grove
of tree-bristle cudrania (zhe) nearby. However, it is
not widely known that Xiuyun Temple is the site's official
The temple has been repaired and expanded
many times throughout the ages, and reached its present
dimensions at the end of the 17th century. It covers
6.8ha, with the main Buddhist temple built at the center,
the residence of eminent monks and imperial guests to
the east, and a group of scripture halls and shrines
to the west.
There are the upper and lower pagodas
on the slope outside the entrance gate and a meditation
room and relaxation pavilion as well as dragon pool
and imperial table on the mountainside behind.