Dai Temple

(Cont’ from Taian page)

The Grand Hall of the Dai Temple, The Grand Hall of Confucius Temple and The Grand Hall of Harmony in the Forbidden City of Beijing are called the top three grand halls in all of China. This is a triangular spiritual fulfillment. Confucius taught the Chinese to observe hierarchy and obey authority at the Confucius Temple. The ultimate authority rest with emperors at the Grand Hall of Harmony in the Forbidden City of Beijing. Emperors, in turn, listen to their father, the Heaven at the Dai Temple. Seeing two of the three largest and historically most important halls in Shandong best exemplifies Shandong as the birthplace of Chinese culture.

At the foot of Mount Tai surrounded by 2,000-year-old twisted Cyprus trees lies the Dai Temple (known in Chinese as the Daimiao). For centuries, China’s emperors would pass through the temple on their route up the mountain. Built in the Han dynasty, the design of the temple mimics the style of an imperial palace, one of the only existing buildings of this type in China, along with the Forbidden City and the Temple of Confucius in Qufu.

Dai Temple is located in downtown Taian. It is a sacred place where legend says 24 Chinese emperors had stayed and worshipped the Heaven here.

Dai Temple is an architectural marvel because it does not use a single nail. It is listed as one of the top 3 grand-halls in China, along with the Confucius Temple and the Grand Hall of Harmony at Forbidden Palace.

More info:

  • Tickets: 30 RMB
  • Hours: 8am to 5pm (Subject to change each season. Check official website for more info on hours.)
    • March 1st- April 30th, 7:50am to 5.30pm
    • May 1st – August 30th, 7:50-18:00
    • September 1st – October 31st, 7:50-17:30
    • November 1st – February 28th, 7:50-17:00
  • Average time spent: 2-3 hours
  • Transportation: Bus
    • Take either the Bus 15 North Huan Line, 15 East Huan Line, 39 East Huan Line, #33, #4, or #6 to Dai Temple Bus Station.
  • Location: No. 7, Chaoyang Street, Tai’an City

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