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Introducing Louguantai Taoist Temple, Louguantai Taoist Temple Guide
Edited by Sharleen

The Louguantai Temple, in Tayu village, Zhouzhi county, Shaanxi province, located about 70 km west of Xian, is the place where tradition says that Lao Tze composed the Tao Te Ching. The Louguantai Taoist Temple is one of the most revered places of Taoists which was built 2600 years ago. There is Louguantai National Park and Wild Animal Breeding and Protection Centre.

Louguantai Taoism refers to the Longmen School ("Dragon Gate"). "Louguantai" is translated from the Chinese language as "Monastery of the watchtower platform". In this case, it refers to the ancient frontier outpost, from where the Great Silk Road began.

The Louguantai Taoist Temple is noted for Louguantai Stage, where Lao Tzu, the founder of Taoism, wrote his masterpiece, The Classics of Morality, and gave lectures on Taoism. Also, Lao Tzu died and was buried in the area. In late dynasties, to commemorate this great sage, emperors built memorial temples, halls and pavilions in this sacred place. One can still find the stage and the tomb of Lao-Tzu and some remaining Taoist temples. The park is also famous for its natural scenery, such as beautiful bamboo forests, waterfalls, springs, rocks and cliffs.

The Daqin Pagoda is located less than one mile to the west of Louguantai Taoist Temple

Quick Facts on Louguantai Taoist Temple

• Name: Louguantai Taoist Temple
• Location: 70 Km West of Xian
• Phone: +86-29-87630166
• Best Time to Visit: April to October
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 3 Hours
• Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 
• Admission Fee: CNY 55