Qixia Temple
Qixia Temple
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Nov Sat visit to Qixia Temple and Mountain
4.0 of 5 bubblesNov 2018
On a Nov Saturday around noon, we drove from Nanjing to Qixia Temple for a visit. We drove there in cabs with a private guide. The site is a grouping of temples, statues, lakes at the base of a mountain and then roads and stairs to the top of the mountain. The site has a long, storied history but it is also obvious they have made investments in the roads, paths, landscaping, and bathrooms recently. The site is very popular and it was crushed with people when we were there. This made hiking on some of the paths less enjoyable but it was still worth going. We have lived in China long enough as expats to be used to it :). Basically, if you do it all, you will pass a bunch of rougher restaurants and shops outside of park, pay for tickets at the gate, walk through a lot of temples and around lakes, hike up the mountain posing for pictures with all the Japanese red maples, and take pictures from the summit. The view from the summit is very impressive. You can see large portions of the Yangtze River with hundreds of ships as well as a huge bridge. There is an option to take a tram down from mountain if you’ve had enough hiking. All in all, I thought it was a good site for half day visit but if I went again I would try to time it where there would be less people there. Other tips - we had a personal guide and still had some trouble getting a cab to the metro station after we were done. Having a guide is useful here for sure

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liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan1,546 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
Qixia Temple has a history of 1500 years. It was originally built in 489 AD, during the Southern Dynasties). The original building was destroyed by war. New temple was reconstructed during the Qing Dynasty (around 100 years ago).

The temple has some remarkable historical relics:

The Sarira Pagoda, a 18 meter high, five story stone octagonal construction, dates back to 945 AD.

The Thousand Buddhas Grotto, dates back to 489 AD, is a small scale temple grottoes, comprises over 500 statues of Buddhas .. In the largest shrine, "Three Buddhas Temple", stand three 11-meter high statue of Buddhas.
Written 15 November 2017
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Raymond W
Townsville, Australia4,545 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
This site is one of the more interesting historical attractions in the Nanjing area. It is actually a congolmeration of religious structures ranging over a 1500 year period of Chinese history. The main halls, ponds, bell-towers and monastic buildings at the front of the complex are the most recent, dating back a mere century or so. Nonetheless, they are quite attractive and are a decent example of working monastery-temple.

But the real treasures are behind the temple. First of these is a Sui Dynasty stone pagoda, which dates back to the 7th century. Much of the carving on this pagoda has been retained and it is certainly a rare bird. Just behind this pagoda, we go back a century further again and find the earliest Buddhist cave art in Eastern China. There are several hundred grottoes and figures carved into the rock here, but easily the most impressive is Cave 19. This one dates to the second half of the 5th century and features an enormous seated Buddha flanked by 2 guardian figures. This is one of the most ancient surviving constructions in all of Jiangsu Province.
Written 19 September 2014
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WH Davies
Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia394 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Friends
It is worth making the effort to get to the mountain area. There are plenty of good walks up and around the mountain. The views of the Yangtze, from the summit are excellent, and the Buddha caves are also worth the visit on their own. The temple itself is also better than most.

We went on a Saturday, and it was quite busy, so best to try and go during the week if you can. We were also a bit early for the fall colour, I’d imagine the views to be spectacular towards mid to end November.

Well worth the RMB 35 entrance fee.
Written 4 November 2012
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christine h
USA35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Friends
It's 30 minutes outside of Nanjing, however it is worth the trip. Found out that the foliage will turn red on mid-November and provide a beautiful backdrop for your photo. The Buddha caves and the sacred relics tower are worth the visit on their own. The temple itself is also better than most.
Written 28 October 2015
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Ryokosha77
Shanghai, China9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
November is beautiful here, the foliage on the hillsides provide a beautiful backdrop to your photographs. The views of industry up the river and over the city are an interesting contrast. Accessed easily though it takes 1-hr via Metro Line 2 to YangShan and a taxi (20-25rmb).
Written 24 November 2014
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fanrou007
Berlin, Germany122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
this is my favorite temple just a bit outside of Nanjing. It is worth to visit this temple. You can go by taxi or by public transportation as well, if you like the thrill. Most people will not speak English around this area, but they will try to help you to find your way in case you get lost. Take subway line two to leave the city, because with subway line one you will join a huge traffic jam on your way to QiXia at the moment. They are widening a bridge.
The temple area is very nice even if lots of the Buddha sculptures lost their head decades ago. Most Chinese People will visit this temple only because of the famous leaf’s. After visiting the Temple and the Buddha sculptures just hike up the path to the top of the mountain and you will enjoy a nice view of Yangtze river and Nanjing.
Written 19 October 2016
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NakhonHairyhaggis
Nakhon67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Family
Amazing place. This place is about 25 minutes outside of Nanjing, however it is worth the trip. It was a fun 3 hours for my family and i, the kids loved the temple and they loved having some space to run around when walking up to the view points and temples. It was only 25 Yuan per adult and kids were free :)
Written 16 February 2015
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JoannaAndrew
Nanjing, China8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012
This was easy to get to and not very busy. There were many different aspect and areas to explore. The leaves were all changing color which made the temple surrounds very pretty.
Written 15 December 2012
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ChicagoTraveler80
Chicago, Illinois54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Family
On a Nov Saturday around noon, we drove from Nanjing to Qixia Temple for a visit. We drove there in cabs with a private guide. The site is a grouping of temples, statues, lakes at the base of a mountain and then roads and stairs to the top of the mountain. The site has a long, storied history but it is also obvious they have made investments in the roads, paths, landscaping, and bathrooms recently. The site is very popular and it was crushed with people when we were there. This made hiking on some of the paths less enjoyable but it was still worth going. We have lived in China long enough as expats to be used to it :). Basically, if you do it all, you will pass a bunch of rougher restaurants and shops outside of park, pay for tickets at the gate, walk through a lot of temples and around lakes, hike up the mountain posing for pictures with all the Japanese red maples, and take pictures from the summit. The view from the summit is very impressive. You can see large portions of the Yangtze River with hundreds of ships as well as a huge bridge. There is an option to take a tram down from mountain if you’ve had enough hiking. All in all, I thought it was a good site for half day visit but if I went again I would try to time it where there would be less people there.

Other tips - we had a personal guide and still had some trouble getting a cab to the metro station after we were done. Having a guide is useful here for sure
Written 25 November 2018
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Delaney C
Goodyear, AZ144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
Incredible Buddha statues near temple with the option of climbing the rest of the mountain. If you do not wish to climb you can take a tram around the mountain. Not sure I would recommend bringing elderly who can not walk very well here though as it is a little steep and uneven pathway.
Written 2 October 2018
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