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Dunhuang of China.

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Yuquanguan Temple Lies at the foot of Tianjing mountain in the northern part of Qinzhou District, Tianshui city. It is commonly called Chengbei Temple and Chongning Temple. The name of the temple originates from the jade-like spring. The verse, “The temple lies in the north of the city, where there is a jade-like spring" was made by Liang Gongbi, an instructor of Qinzhou in the Yuan dynasty. It is one of the top ten scenic attractions of Tianshui City for the reputation of “the Jade spring and the fairy cave".

  The layout of the temple highlights the Taoist architectural principles. Along the south-to-north axis stand the 7 major grand buildings, including the Yuhuang Hall, Sanqing Hall, Honorific Archway,etc.; Ancestral Halls, the pavilions and the stele corridors are scattered on the hills, piled earth mounts and in the mountain hollows in east, west and south around the temple premises. The architectural style not only inherited the traditional architectural art but also integrated the local architectural characters. The temple has become a common focus of experts both from home and abroad, acknowledging its uniqueness in scale and completeness.

  The ancient cypresses are still prospering in the temple. Of the currently 50 ancient cypresses, 21 belong to the first -class protection category. “The plaited cypress" is the most famous with its roots hanging atop the ground and branches intercrossed, resembling a girl`s plaits and thus named; it was rated as “the rarest nationwide" by experts.