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Xiangji Temple

Admission Fee:CNY 10 (CNY 5 in low season)
Opening time:08:00-18:00

How to Get There

1)Take Bus 322 or 320 (You 9) to Xiangjisi Cun (Xiangjisi Village) Station and then walk there.
2)Take Bus 215 from the West Gate to Weiqu Station, and then transfer to the minibus running from Weiqu to Xiangji Temple.


If you are having a Xian package tour,our Xian travel guide will introduce you to see the Xiangji Temple,which is one of the Xian tourist attractions,thus giving you a complete sightseeing in Xian.
The Xiangji Si (Xiangji Temple) was a famous temple of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It was known as a place that trained Buddhist monks in the Buddhist doctrines of Pure Land Buddhism . It is said that Pure Land Buddhist teachings originated in the Gandhara region of Central Asia and South Asia and was brought to China by traveling monks during the Han Dynasty era about the year 147 AD. Pure Land Buddhism is a popular form of Buddhism in East Asia that concentrates on a savior named Amitabha Buddha who is said to bring people to the Pure Land that he made if they believe. This belief system became prominent in China after the year 402 through the teachings of a monk named Huiyuan. During the Tang Dynasty era when Buddhism had a resurgence, the Xiangji Temple was built, and it was an influential temple that was visited by Emperor Zhongzong and Empress Wu. What is notable about the temple now are a 33 meter or 108 feet tall pagoda that was built in 680, a smaller pagoda and the main temple.


It is said that an advanced Buddhist monk named Dharmakara vowed to save all beings and made a heavenly realm for people to live in if they need his help. These teachings were found in Buddhist scriptures that were brought to China about 147 AD. But the teachings became popular after the year 402 though the work of a monk named Huiyuan. During the Tang Dynasty era, Xi'an was the capital of the Tang Empire, and various sects of Buddhism had a resurgence partly though the work of Central Asian travelling monks. The Central Asian monks taught a kind of Mayahana Buddhism that had developed during the centuries before north of India. They travelled along the Silk Road eastward, and they settled and taught in Xi'an.

Pure Land Buddhism developed indigenously. After Huiyuan, there was another monk named Shandao who is called the second Patriarch of the Pure Land School. He is said to have called on the name of Amitabha tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of times a day, and Emperor Gaozong of the Tang Dynasty called him Great Master of Light because light came out of his mouth when he said the name. He was renowned in the Tang Dynasty.

During the reign of Emperor Zhongzong in 706 AD, the Xiangji Temple was built by a monk named Huai Yun to honor his teacher Shandao. The temple then became a center for teaching of Pure Land Buddhism.

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