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Temple of the Eight Immortals (Ba Xian An)
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

Worth seeing but you will need a tour guide to explain all about the temple and the history of the eight Immortals. The temple has both male and female monks who live on the premises and can be identified by their long black hair tied up on top of their heads poking through a pleated black cap and white tie-ons that extend from their knees to ankles.
It is located within a very old part of Xian, one of the streets in front of the temple sells joss sticks and everything that your deceased loved one will need in the after life.

Visited April 2014
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Beautiful Peaceful Temple”
Reviewed 1 February 2014

This is a delight from the hustle and bustle of Xi'an. As a resident of Xi'an, it was great to enter the gates and be taken back years, to a peaceful and serene area. There are multiple halls as you meander through the complex to the garden at the back. Each hall has something different to offer so make sure you go to each one. Keep walking around the side of the halls to experience another area of the temple. We did find the vegan restaurant but it wasn't open; what a pity as it is a lovely little location.

The entrance fee to the temple was 3RMB, and you can buy incense just inside the front gate on the right if you want. We took a taxi here, but found that bus 300 was very close and would take that next time.

Out the front of the temple is a small street filled with 'antiques'. Bargain like crazy! My friend bought a huge wall scroll that started off at 400RMB and he got it to 80 RMB without doing anything! There are a range of different 'antiques' to choose from: swords, scrolls, statues, coins…each little area has a treasure trove of goodies.

We walked down the street, towards the City Wall, and came across another temple which was free to enter. It is relatively new but, again, had a charm of its own.

My 9 year old really enjoyed the temple, even though she has seen many. There were lovely photographic shots to be had, especially of the Taoists dressed in their finery.

Visited February 2014
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“quiet, lovely and a real not commercial temple”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

When I visited this temple is was astonished how quiet it was. Most temple are always crowded and really commercial, this temple had none of it and I visited this temple during the national holiday week. It took me a while to find the entrance but when I found it, the entrance to the temple was super cheap and you get to see a beautiful temple with a lot of history. The statues are beautiful and there are many places to relax and see people praying. I even saw a group of monks praying and singing in front of the eight immortals.

conclusion, it is a nice temple without all the crowds that also want to visit and see everything.

Visited October 2013
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Ghent, Belgium
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“Not really worth it if you've seen other temples”
Reviewed 30 September 2013 via mobile

We've been visiting quite a few temples around China and there's nothing there that the others don't have. It's in a cosy, sleezy part of town outside city walls and there's small (fake?) antique market on the other side of the street. If you've seen nice temples don't go here. If it's your first, go visit it.

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Chengdu, China
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“Lovely reminder of China in days gone by”
Reviewed 27 September 2013

Taoism (or Daoism) is a religion indigenous to China. The origins are thousands of years old and it has been a major influence on Chinese society throughout the ages. Banned and oppressed during the cultural revolution it has survived and in Xi'an this temple is fully functioning and a great place to visit. It's a bit off the beaten track, but only a short walk from the east gate. Entry is only 3rmb and is well worth it. Peaceful, beautiful and serene. Enjoy it!

Visited September 2013
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