100s of Photos Documenting a 6-week tour of
Malaysia ~ Singapore ~ Thailand ~ China
Section II: China
Photos by Bill and Sue-On
Captions by Sue-On (expanded from our FaceBook pages)
Gallery 9:
ShiChaHai Hutong and Lama Temple, Beijing
Traditional homes and temples
One example of an electric bicycle.
As mentioned, the roads / streets/ alleys are narrow, 
not made for aggressive driving. 
But, to get more fares, these rickshaw drivers 
will play dodge 'em to get their customers 
where they need to be at certain times.
Sidewalk art on the walls 
reflect life in the days of the dynasties.
Upon leaving the hutong, 
Mr. Lee led us on a walk to 
the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower.
A bird's eye view of the hutong.
The Drum Tower
What a beautiful....building.
There are many steep steps 
to this 47-meter high building. 
Yup, we started...
The sign explaining the history of the Drum Tower. 
It is a wooden, two-story building 
with three layers of upturned eaves. 
Certain key hours were marked by drum beats.
The Bell Tower facing the Drum Tower
Upon leaving the towers, we were driven to the Lama Temple, 
the largest and best preserved lamasary in Beijing.
It was built in 1694, during the Qing Dynasty 
as the Emerpor`s residence. 
In 1744, it was completely converted to a lamasary.
The whole area occupies 16 acres. 
It is comprised of a courtyard in the south and 
five main halls in separate courtyards in the north.
Joseph once again becomes our guide. 
This road, lined with gingko trees, 
leads us to the Lama Temple courtyards.
As with all official places, 
the lions provide protection against 
all imaginable enemies at the entrance to 
Yong He Gong Temple / Palace of Peace and Harmony.
Who said "man could not move mountains"
Bill with the three bronze statues 
of the seated Buddha. 
They depict Buddha in his three classic states: 
past, present, future.
Prayer Wheel
Each Buddha has special significance...
Palace of Peace and Harmony
Incense and offerings are made to 
different Buddhas, for specific favours.
Maitreya statue: 
60 foot high statue carved from 
one white sandlewood tree that was 
dragged from Tibet to Beijing. 
It resides in the Pavilion of Ten Thousand Happiness.
View of several "halls" in the courtyard.
History of JieTai Building
The plaque - 
The Directions of Jie Tai.
Jie Tai Building.
The building is used to exhibit the treasures
presented by important Tibetans to the lamasary.
The Hall of the Wheel of the Law / Falun hall:
a place for reading scriptures and
conducting religious ceremonies. 
The focus of this building is 
the seated statue of Tsong Kha Pa, 
who was the founder of the 
Buddhist lama beliefs - the Yellow hats.
Prayers are given along with incense,
offerings of food and fresh flowers. 
There are about 70 monks who live at the lamasary. 
For a small token to the lamasary, 
small favours may be requested 
and forwarded by the monk. 
Would this be a more direct route?
Bill thought he'd just spin the wheel 
for good measure before we left the grounds.


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