Taoist Temple sights in Gānsù
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If you have a bit of time to kill, this cedar-scented temple extends seven levels up the hillside at the northwest fringe of Línxià. Along the cliffs you can visit other surrounding temples overlooking the city. Take bus 6 to the west bus station and head for the nine-storey pagoda on the ridge located opposite.
This largely rebuilt Qing-dynasty Taoist temple is an oasis of reverential calm at the heart of the city. About 20 black-clad bearded monks inhabit the place – several of them are qualified to read fortunes; other soothsayers in eccentric attire and antique glasses muster outside the temple.
Ascending in layers up the hillside above Qínchéng, this Taoist temple is a pleasant, green and rambling shrine. Of note are the ancient cypress trees, some more than 1000 years old.