Nectar Rock Temple, located in the west coast of Big Golden Lake, a famous sightseeing spot of Taining, and the west side of Renxing Mountain, Changtan, was build in 1146 BC. This more than 800-year-old temple boasts the one and only architectural style with only one pillar as foundation without tile. As a world-famous temple, it became a provincial culture and relic site in 1950s’.
Characterized by a flared shape, 80 m high and 30 m deep, the Nectar Rock Temple is a natural cave formed with sandstone sandwiched by conglomerate. The cave is over 30 m wide in the upper part and over 10 m in the lower part like a reversed triangle. What is most amazing about Nectar Rock Temple is that the ancient builders used only one wooden pillar as its foundation. This single pillar supports a whole package of four double-eave buildings, including Lofty Palace, Shenge Pavilion, Guanyin Pavilion and Nan’an Pavilion, all stacked up without any tile. Worthy of such nicknames as Hanging Temple, Temple Flown From Afar or Single Timber Temple, the temple is built completely with wood and is spliced with T-shaped joints without iron nail as a rare ancient wooden building cluster in South China.
When you arrive at Taining Railway Station, you can take No. 5 bus to access Taining Bus Station (RMB 1 fare) and take shuttle bus to visit Big Golden Lake. The shuttle buses leave every half an hour (run time: 6:50 - 16:30).
(1) From shanghai: Shanghai - Yingtan - Taining.
(2) From shanghai: Shanghai - Yushan (Mountain) - Wuyi Mountain - Taining.
(3) From Nanjing/Suzhou: Nanjing/Suzhou - Shangrao - Shaowu - Taining.