Coordinates: 34°3′30″N 108°19′38″E / 34.05833°N 108.32722°E / 34.05833; 108.32722

The Louguantai Temple (Chinese: 楼观台寺), in Tayu village (塔峪村),[1] Zhouzhi county, Shaanxi province, about 70 km, west of Xian, is the place where tradition says that Lao Tze composed the Tao Te Ching.[2][3]

The Daqin Pagoda is located less than one mile to the west of Louguantai.


  1. ^ Michael Keevak, The Story of a Stele: China's Nestorian Monument and Its Reception in the West, 1625-1916, ISBN 962-209-895-9, 2008
  2. ^ Martin Palmer, The Jesus Sutras: Rediscovering the Lost Religion of Taoist Christianity, ISBN 0-7499-2250-8, 2001
  3. ^ Leslie Camhi, Ruins of an Old Christian Church on Lao-Tzu's Turf, New York Times, 24 February 2002