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Address: Weaverville, CA
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A preserved 1874 Taoist temple.

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Excellent and informative tour

The state park tour guide did an excellent job of explaining everything we were seeing as we walked to and through this small Taoist Temple, as well as the history that brought... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2016
Harold W
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Upland, California
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Upland, California
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

The state park tour guide did an excellent job of explaining everything we were seeing as we walked to and through this small Taoist Temple, as well as the history that brought the Chinese people to this area. The temple is still in use, and tours are done when the building is not being used for religious purposes. There is... More 

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DFW, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Due to confusion over this place’s website (use the California state parks website!) we arrived on the wrong weekday. We could have easily visited the prior day but did not have their full opening hours. In any event the visit was not a waste, because the gate was open to allow walking in front of the temple and peeking through... More 

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Redding, California
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

Our family of four was visiting Weaverville on our way back to Redding. We did not intend to go inside this state park until we discovered the museum and Temple are air conditioned. Our kids were watching the koi fish when the tour docent came by to feed them. She invited our kids to help feed the fish. We paid... More 

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Thank Catherine L
Westwood, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

Visited here with my family in July 2016. This is a very interesting historic site that is well worth the time (an hour or so) to tour. The Joss House is a Chinese Temple that was built by the local miners during the gold rush. Tours are available for a small fee. The guide is SUPERB - she goes out... More 

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Thank John B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Holy moly, this place was an absolute delight! We had a great tour guide, and even got to enter the gated off area and see shrines up close and light an incense.

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Thank Ryan B
Norwalk, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016

This place is a gem nestled in the mountains of northern California. It is the original Chinese temple from the gold rush error that is not just preserved but is still in use today. Amazing. You walk inside and you see history mixed with modern celebration. There two gentlemen there of Chinese decent that were having quite the discussion about... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

This is truly a valuable part of Weaverville's history. Well preserved and well cared for. We took the tour with Gail who has a wealth of knowledge and experience and makes the tour informative and pertinent. (Thank you Gail) The $4 entry charge is well worth while and we would encourage everyone visiting who is interested in the important role... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 May 2016

Dr Gail Goodyear (I hope I have her name correct) gave my wife and I a wonderful tour of this Chinese temple. Gail made the temple come alive with her absolutely astounding knowledge of the temple, Chinese religious culture and the history of the Joss House going back into Gold Rush times and back into the future. It was hugely... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

On our visit to Weaverville we had the pleasure of visiting the Chinese Temple. We were not aware that 2,000 Chinese workers lived in Weaverville and worked the gold mines. The temple tour was fascinating and the tour guide was excellent. She had spent time in China and was especially knowledgeable about the culture and the religious practices. We highly... More 

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Graeagle, California
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Reviewed 29 April 2016

This was our 3rd visit to the Joss House. The docents are always informative. We learn something new every time.

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