Xiangji Temple

Xiangji Temple is situated in Chang'an County, about 17.5 kilometers (12 miles) to the south of Xi'an City. It was built in honor of the noted Buddhist monk Shandao, one of the initiators of a branch of Buddhism, Pure Land Buddhism, by his disciple Huai Yun after his master's death. Huai Yun named the temple 'xiangji', heaped fragrance, to suggest his master was holy as the Xiangji Buddha, an ancient Indian Buddha. Many Pure Land Buddhists, who believe in the purification of the soul through faith, began conducting activities at the temple, which led to it being considered the center and cradle of the Pure Land sect.
Xiangji Temple, Xi'an
Shandao Pagoda, Xiangji Temple
Two pagodas stand in Xiangji Temple. The larger pagoda, named Shandao Pagoda, is 33 meters (108 feet) tall, and was built in 680, during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The top two stories of the pagoda have worn away during its 1,300-year history, leaving a remaining eleven stories. Its flank is stenciled with exquisitely engraved half-naked Buddha and strong pieces of script. To the east stands the pagoda's smaller counterpart, a brick pagoda built to commemorate another of Shandao's pious disciples, Jingye. Surrounding these two pagodas is a vista that is beautiful and tranquil. The renowned landscape poet Wang Wei of the Tang Dynasty visited the Temple and composed a poem to praise its charms.

The Xiangji Temple had its heyday during the Tang Dynasty. Emperors like Gaozong and Zhongzong, and the Empress Wu Zetian all visited the site and hadcults started in their honor. Today, countless tourists come from across China and the world to the temple, for both sightseeing and looking back to the ancient Buddhist activities.
Xiangji Temple Xiangji Temple

How to get to Xiangji Temple

Take Bus 320 (You 9) or 4-14 to Xiangjisi Cun (Xiangjisi Village) Station and then walk there.
Or take Bus 215 from the West Gate to Weiqu Station, and then transfer to the minibus running from Weiqu to Xiangji Temple.
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Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00

 Nearby Attraction:
  Shaanxi Archaeology Museum
- Last updated on Mar. 07, 2023 by Kate Liu -
Questions & Answers on Xiangji Temple
Asked by Ms.Elena from RUSSIA | Jan. 02, 2011 11:45Reply
Is it possible to get to Xiangji Temple by subway? Or the most part of the trip to do by subway and in the end to use the bus?
If no what is the shortest way to get there(excl taxi) in the morning?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mr.Francis | Jan. 06, 2011 02:02

Xi'an subway is still under construction now, so you have to take a bus or taxi to get there.
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