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Day 26 (04.03.2007)

Today it snowed for the first time since I arrived in Beijing. I visited the Lama Temple (Yonghegong) today. The Lama Temple is the largest Tibetan temple in Beijing. In 1694 Emperor Kangxi let build this temple. Except some Tibetan elements the architecture of the Lama Temple is Chinese and not Tibetan. Many inscriptions and historical descriptions in this temple are written in Chinese, in Manchurian, in Tibetan and in Mongolian. In this temple there are also some Tibetan prayer wheels. After entering the temple and passing the long garden, one enters the first courtyard. Like in a typical Chinese temple on the left there is the drum tower and on the right there is the bell tower. In this courtyard there are also two stele pavilions. Today many Chinese were here and they prayed with incense sticks. Some tourist groups visited the Lama Temple, too. In March 2006 I visited the Lama Temple for the first time, but this time I took my time. Finally I visited the highest building in the Lama Temple. It is the Pavilion of Ten Thousand Happinesses which contains a Buddha which is 18 m high. Such a high Buddha is very impressive. The Buddha is made of only one sandalwood tree. After visiting the Lama Temple I went back to the campus.

Lama Temple
Lama Temple

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