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Temple Of Heaven Park Beijing 3 Beijing - March 2001

The Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing is one of the prettiest examples of Ming Architecture.

The park was used by the Emperors for Solemn ceremonies to promote good harvests, and to seek divine inspiration. The park is geometrically laid out as a circle within a square, and is constructed around the divine number nine.

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Temple Of Heaven Park Beijing 6
The focal point is the beautiful three tiered Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. Its pretty shape has become synonymous with anything to promote Beijing.
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Lama Temple Beijing 1
Another very pretty Temple, and not as much visited as the better known attractions is the Lama Temple. This was early on our tour, and I was captivated by the tiled roofs with their up-turned ends that became a regular feature of most temples. What makes this one special is that it survived the lootings and burnings of the cultural revolution, and has remained largely in tact.
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Lama Temple Beijing 4 This temple is now used as a Lamastry, and has a special place where the Dalai Lama sits to teach the novices.

Inside there is a huge gilded wooden Buddha, and many other beautiful and intricate relics.

It was very pleasant to be able to wander around a working Lamastry, it was very peaceful, and there was a welcome absence of souvenir shops.

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