A long-time Beijing target of ours.... I say target because a combination of indolence, bad weather and better offers has stopped us getting there before now. I do have say that it did live up to the hype: a very lovely temple in the heart of Beijing.
One of the things I like is the fact that there is a Lamist temple in Beijing given the Government's, shall we say, slightly thorny relationship with Tibet. As we got to the entrance, there appeared to be large crowds and my heart sank. Not to worry though, although by no means deserted (my ideal visiting anywhere!) there were enough people to provide atmosphere and give the appearance of a 'working temple' rather than just a tourist attraction.
Apparently, it was a royal palace originally and when Count Yin Zhen got promoted to the big job he moved down the road to the Forbidden City and this became a palace. Which, over time, became a centre for monks from Mongolia and Tibet.
Then, in an effort to control the troublesome Tibetans, one of a pair of golden vases was taken from Lhasa and kept here, but how that worked is a bit of mystery to me. But, it does mean the temple has proper significance, again, apparently.
I don't think I've come across prayer wheels before... Which was nice! The one above had more Chinese characters on it, which you can just about make out.
There were also some more ornamental prayer wheels that it looked like a good spin would finish them off.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.