“Tulou Guan” was the initial name of Bei Shan temple in ancient time, and was called “Yongxing Temple” in Ming Dynasty. “Guan” is Chinese Pinyin, it means Temple, but in using of Taoism only; Then after it was renamed in modern time.
Bei Shan Temple is the earliest religious buildings in Qinghai Province, which was built in the Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 106), The most interesting site of this Temple is the “Nine cave & 18 Holes.” These ancient caves are vary with its structures, and there are statues of Buddhism deity, or Taoist statues, with different formation. There is trail to connect the caves. Some of the caves are still retain parts of the mural which was painted in Sui Dynasty and Tang Dynasty. The Ningshou Tower at the summit is the highest ancient architecture of Xining, from which you are able to overlook Xining city for a panoramic view
In the very beginning, it was a Buddhism monastery, then converted to be one Taoism temple, It is about 2 kilometers from Xining city center;
Accordingly, the temple was built in the Han and Wei Dynasties as “Huangzhong Temple first; it is about over 1,800 years. The construction of the temple is basically a natural fault of the red sandstone in the mountains, built in the order from west to east.
Address & Contact
Add : No.38, Ji Lian Road, North District | 西宁市城北区祁连路西38号
Contact : +86 971 550-7110
08:00 am – 18:00 pm
Free of charge
How to get there
By bus : line 10, 11, 19, 21, 43, 84, 107, at bus stop “Bei-Shan-Shi-Chang-zhan | 北山市场站”
By Taxi : it usually cost RMB 8.00 – 15.00 per trip (one way) to get to this site from downtown area of Xining