Cebu City Itinerary 2011 - Taoist Temple

Our trip to the Cebu Taoist Temple was quite an adventure. From Ayala Center Cebu Jeepney Terminal, we rode a jeep going to Lahug City as advised by the staff of Dessert Factory.

Google Maps said that Chinese Taoist Temple is just beside UP Visayas. So we jumped off from the jeep when we got to UP Visayas. We asked a nice school bus driver and as it turns out, the Taoist Temple is still a bit down the road and we have to take a habal habal to get there.

Credit: WikiFilipino
Ang habal-habal ay tumutukoy sa isang uri ng pampasaherong motorsiklo na binago at higit na pinatibay upang makapagkarga ng higit pa sa limitasyon ng isang ordinaryong motorsiklo. Ito ang karaniwang ginagamit na sasakyan sa mga lugar na hindi kayang daanan ng mga pampasaherong bus at dyipni dahil sa matarik, lubak-lubak at maputik na daanan tungo sa liblib at bulubunduking mga barangay. - WikiFilipino

Habal-habal? Hmmm. No thanks. I'd rather walk. After all, Google Maps said it is just near UP Visayas.

So off to walk we went until we saw a "To DECS EcoTech Center".. Yey, we're on the right track! I saw that on Google Maps. From there, we decided to get a taxi but no would would take us because it's "too near".

So off we walk again until the trail started going uphill. We realized it's not as near as we expected. And then it started to drizzle.

We asked the nice lady with a cute baby walking along with us for directions. She started talking in Cebuano with hand gestures. What's most awesome about it is we did understand. I dunno how, but we did. Hehe. She said we go straight the road until we find a guard house. The guard house is for the Beverly Hills and in there is the Taoist Temple.

After more uphill walk, we finally found it:

Before entering, the guard gave us a paper indicating the rules and regulations inside the temple. Silence must be observed and we cannot take pictures inside the temple.

The Gate of the Taoist Temple with beautiful Pagoda roof

Steps to the Temple

 With one of the "Guards"

 Ceiling Details

Built in 1972, the Cebu Taoist Temple is located in Beverly Hills Subdivision in Cebu City, Philippines. The temple was built by Cebu's substantial[1] Chinese community. With an elevation of 300 meters above sea level,the temple is a towering, multi-tiered, multi-hued attraction accessible by three separate winding routes. -- Wikipedia

As we know by now, there are many Taoist temples in Cebu City but this one is open to non-worshippers. It is now a popular tourist destination because of its picturesque architecture.

We didn't get to count the steps but the internet says it's about 99 steps. I also didn't notice the Great Wall of China replica. Haha. Probably because we're too tired and very wet.

Anyways, after taking pictures, we rode a taxi off to The Crossroads for our spa. :)

PS. This famous Taoist Temple is called Philippine Taoist Temple in Google Maps

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