Temple of Timely Rains and Extensive Moisture

The Temple of Timely Rains and Extensive Moisture is rather unique. It has beautiful architectural designs.

special entrance

I like the roof structure.

I admire those roof..

and even the rocky steps.

See, such huge rocks all over the place.

Temple of Timely Rains and Extensive Moisture, built on the east bank of the West Lake, used to be known as the Dragon God Temple but was popularly referred to as the Dragon King Temple.

When the lake was expanded during Emperor Qianlong's reign (1736-1795), the temple and its surrounding land were spared to form a new island, which was named the "South Lake Island". The Dragon God Temple was reconstructed as a place to pray for rain, and renamed Temple of Extensive Moisture. Since praying proved effective, Emperor Qianlong personally rewrote the inscriptions, giving the temple its present name. During the reign of Emperor Guangxu, Empress Dowager Cixi would often land at the dock in front of the temple when she came to the Summer Palace. She would burn incense in the temple before heading by boat to the Hall of Happiness in Longevity.



  1. Extensive moisture = big lake, I guess. Brings to mind the extensive/excessive rain we've been getting over here these days. Rain...rain...rain, non-stop every day!

  2. China has a lot of temples, everywhere.. palaces too..

  3. Interesting and lovely. It makes me want to get ourselves over to China.

  4. The dragon can subdue excess moisture, even burning it up into steam!

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  5. What a special name for a temple. :p

  6. It's must have been very beautifuly when it was in its full glory

  7. Nice roof structure! But why so many rocks there?

  8. Like the rocks. Were they already there or moved from somewhere else? tQ

  9. hey, why can't i remember being to this temple?? or did i just miss it??

  10. a very nice preservation of cultural heritage


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