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Day 5 (19.03.2006)

In the morning we drove to the Lama Temple. In 1694 Emperor Kangxi let build this temple. Except some Tibetan elements the architecture of the Lama Temple is Chinese and not Tibetan. It is a very nice temple. We went through all halls and the 18 m high Buddha in the Pavilion of Ten Thousand Happinesses is very impressive. Many inscriptions and historical descriptions in this temple are written in Chinese, in Manchurian, in Tibetan and in Mongolian. When we were in the temple many incense sticks burned there. After that we went to the Confucius Temple which is near the Lama Temple. The Confucius Temple was built in 1306. In the courtyard of the Confucius Temple there is a statue of Confucius. Because of a renovation we could not see much of the Confucius Temple. In the courtyard there is also a 700-year-old cypress.

Lama Temple
The Lama Temple

Lama Temple
The Lama Temple

After visiting the Confucius Temple we drove to the airport. We flew to Xian with a Boeing 737. The flight took about 1 hour and 45 minutes. In Xian we also found our tour guide without a problem. From the airport we drove to the city of Xian and we saw the City Wall which was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Near the Bell Tower (built in 1582) and the Drum Tower (built in 1380) we ate Chinese pasta bags (Jiaozi) in a restaurant. We tasted pasta bags with many different fillings. After that we drove to the hotel and this day ended.

Bell Tower
The Bell Tower

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