Dai Temple - Part 1
Situated in the middle of the city centre, this temple is one of the largest and most famous Taoist temples in China due to its proximity to Tai Shan - one of the five most sacred Taoist mountains in the country.
Covering an area of 96,000 square meters (24 acres), the Dai Temple is about 405 metres (1,329 feet) long from south to north and 237 metres (778 feet) wide from east to west. Constructed in the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD), it had been renovated by the emperors in the past dynasties and became prosperous in the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) Dynasties. The temple is where the emperors make sacrifice to the Gods of Heaven and Earth and worship the God of Tai Shan. The temple has various architectural structures including the Tiankuang Hall, the Yaocan Pavilion, the Zhengyang Gate, the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower, the Han Dynasty Cypress Courtyard and the Tang Dynasty Pagoda Tree Courtyard. Pilgrims start at the temple before making their ascent up the mountain. Therefore it should be on your itinerary if you're visiting Tai Shan.