Jietai Temple (戒台寺)
What’s the flower power? Lilacs.
Why here? Built 1,700 years ago, the ancient temple boasts its own pagoda and is home to 20 lilac trees that have been sprouting mellow hues for 200 years. Its fragrance is nothing less than intoxicating – Kublai Khan’s daughter apparently joined the temple as a nun in the 13th century, possibly after getting wooed by the sweet-smelling petals.
When’s best for flower viewing? Mid-April to end of May.
What else is nearby? A second helping of flower power is in order at Tanzhe temple, otherwise known as the Wisdom Accumulation Temple. Get clever just by basking in the purity of white magnolias. So worth the 20-minute ride from Jietai Temple.
What's the entry? Jietai Temple: 50RMB. Open 8.30am–5pm daily. Tanzhe Temple: 55RMB. Open 8.30am-5pm daily.
Image: Andre Engels via Wikimedia Commons