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Songshan Cihui Temple

Phone:886-2-23491500 Address:110 110 No. 33, Ln. 251, Fude St., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City
As the Chinese poet Liu Yuxi had famously contemplated ldquo;Mountains are prestigious for the presence of immortals not for their height; seas are sacred for the inhabitance of dragons not for their depth rdquo; the Songshan Cihui Temple in Taipei rsquo;s Fushou Mountain was founded and is currently operated by Guo Ye-zi a devoted and virtuous Taoist priestess who insists on a career of universal relief through a facility that educates inspires and purifies its followers. In other words the temple was constructed out of the founder rsquo;s ultimate compassion that urged her to extend self-help to others. Dedicated to ldquo;Wuji Yaochi Dasheng Xiwang Jinmu rdquo; or ldquo;Mother of the Infinite Jade Pond rdquo; this awe-inspiring gracefully landscaped temple is nestled amid verdant hills to evoke religious sentiments. That explains why it is a mythical sanctuary for Taoist deities and immortals a Mcca for Taoists seeking peace of mind and an intriguing must-visit for tourists. Occupying an area of approximately 33000 m2 the towering Cihui Temple comprises a group of elaborately structured five-story buildings flanked by pagoda-style bell towers for an imposing and magnificent effect. The patio outside the temple rsquo;s 2nd floor main hall commands a panoramic view of downtown Taipei which is exciting and unforgettable enough to make you want to linger longer. Patterned after traditional Chinese temples the main structure is a quaint mixture of the distinctive palatial arts from the Ming and Qing dynasties and modern architectural techniques ingeniously accentuating the mountain area rsquo;s luscious pine woods with its red bricks and yellow rooftops in a dazzling manner like a green cocktail garnished with a red cherry.
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