This is the Eight Immortals Temple, the biggest Daoist temple in Xi’an, the home to Terracotta Warriors. The building complex was built during the Song Dynasty (960–1279) and is one of the main cultivation venues for Dragon Gate lineage of Pure Truth sector in the Daoist discipline. https://www.viewofchina.com/eight-daoist-immortals/

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