Located at the foot of Mount Yangtai, northwest of Haidian District, Beijing City, Dajue Temple was built in year 1068 during the Liao dynasty. It was once called Clear Spring Court and was known as one of the famous Eight Grand Spring Courts in West Hill at that time.
The rolling hills in Dajue Temple Scenic Spot are sometimes said to resemble a sleeping lion. The vista of two flanking temples, the Lotus Temple and the Temple of Universal Grace-sitting atop Hills to the west and east of the Dajue Temple, is popularly described as "A lion Rolling Two Embroidered Balls" or "A Buddha and Two Bodhisattvas." The principal structures in the temple are the Maitreya (Future Buddha) Hall, the main hall, the rear hall, the northern and southern courtyards and a peaceful courtyard at the very rear of the complex. The roof brackets and columns of the halls date from the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
The spring in Dajue Temple has been a very famous place since ancient times. Nowadays, the water is still collected in the dragon pool and then runs in little rivulets through the temple grounds, lending a tranquil atmosphere. The spring flows by the Qiyun (Restful Clouds) Pavilion in the rear courtyard. Along the spring is a stupa which stands at the highest point in the temple complex. Inside the temple is a Liao Dynasty (916-1125) stele of more than 1,000 years. Although the carving is blurred and the stele itself has broken into two pieces, most of the inscription remains legible.
Dajue Temple is best known for its Yulan trees that planted almost 300 years ago. The finest is the magnolia. It is said that a monk brought two of the specimens found in the southern courtyard from Sichuan during the Qianlong era, and one of them survives today. Another magnolia in the northern courtyard was transplanted about 100 years ago, and grows alongside a ginkgo tree. Every April in each year is considered to be the best time for viewing Yulan. And a Yulan Fragrance Festival would be hold there.
Dajue Temple has many charming views. The temple halls, with their fine statues and old trees in the courtyards, attract many visitors. Dajue Temple is really a very good place worth visiting.