Beijing -- Zoo, Lama Temple

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Hotel window view, of northwest of Beijing


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Yong He Temple (Lama Temple

This site, originating in 1694, was the official residence for Qing Dynasty eunuchs. It later became the official residence of PrinceYongzheng, son of Emporer Kang Xi of the Qing Dynasty. When the prince became Emperor in 1723 he gave half of the residence to the Dali Lama for a lamasery (monastery for Buddhist Monks), which it remained until 1966. The monastery was closed during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Zhou Enlai is credited with saving it from destruction. It was refurbished and reopened in 1980. The site today represents a typical Tibetan Monastery.

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