Cloud Taoist Temple
The White Cloud Temple (Beijing Baiyunguan) has
long been the most active Taoist temple in Beijing and remains this
way today. The Temple was the First Taoist Monastery in the North
when it was founded during the Tang Dynasty. The building was reconstructed
during the Jin dynasty and renamed in 1209 and 1227 formally becoming
Baiyun or The Temple of the White Clouds.
In Chinese, Taoist temples are not actually called
temples, but Guan . Guan means something like to look at or observe.
This is a reflection of the Taoist belief that understanding the
Tao comes from a direct observation of nature, rather than scholastic
The Baiyun Temple is actually a series of different
buildings including a bell and drum tower, a pagoda and a small
garden. Nowadays it is still an important Taoist site and opened
to the public in 1984. The Chinese Taoist Association and the Chinese
Taoist College were all founded here. The annual Baiyunguan Temple
Fair is one of the most famous temple fairs in all of China.