Jinci Temple is one of the most famous temples in China. Located 16 miles southwest of Taiyuan, the temple has a history of over 1,400 years. It has an abundant collection of more than 100 sculptures, buildings, terraces, and bridges. As a national key cultural relic protection unit of China, Jinci temple is one of the first batches of national AAAA class tourist area, also a famous tourist resort in Taiyuan city.
Sited at the foot of Xuanweng Mountain at the Jin Springs, there are many tourist spots, among which is the beautiful Hall of the Holy Mother. It was built from 1023 to 1032 during the Song dynasty. It has eight pillars with carved wooden dragons to support its roof. A classical garden with a 3,000-year-old cypress dating from the Zhou Dynasty can also be found in the site.
The song dynasty ironman stands at each corner of the Jinren Tai on the Huixian Bridge. Each of them is about 7 feet tall and remains magnificent after so many years.
The Goddess hall has 43 clay painted song maid statues. They all have characteristic personalities, natural facial expressions, various ages and figures. The proportion of the human body is quite accurate, presenting a true and vivid performance and spiritual world of the maids from the low class. Although it has features that aren't traditionally found on typical Buddha statues, thus evaluated by experts as one of history's greatest works.
Flying fish is a quaint old bridge inside Jinci Temple. With a history of over 1500 years, it was built at the same time as the Goddess hall in the Northern Song Dynasty with the entire beam being a Song Dynasty relic.