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CHENGDE and its Temples and back to Beijing duck!

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The Puning Temple,Big Budha Temple houses a wooden sculpture of the Goddess of Mercy,23 m high 110 tons weight

THIS MORNING ,RARING TO GO,WE ARE GOING TO VISIT A MAGNIFICENT BUDHIST TEMPLE COMPLEX,PART OF THE EIGHT OUTER TEMPLES OF CHENGDE.THESE TEMPLES WERE BUILT IN THE 18TH CENTURY UNDER THE EMPERORS KANGXI AND QIANLONG.THEY SYMBOLIZE THE NATIONAL UNIFICATION OF THE VARIOUS ETHNIC GROUPS  UNDER THE CENTRAL AUTORITY OR AS WE ARE SAID,THE FRIENDLY RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE VARIOUS NATIONALITIES IN THE COUNTRY...THE EIGHT OUTER TEMPLES (FORMERLY 12) WERE BUILT IN THE SHAPE OF NUMEROUS STARS SURROUNDING THE MOON IN A COMBINATION OF HAN,TIBETAN AND MONGOLIAN ARCHITECTURE.

WE SAW FIRST THE PUNING SI OR TEMPLE OF UNIVERSAL PEACE,MODELED AFTER THE SAMYE MONASTERY ,THE SACRED LAMAIST SITE IN TIBET.FEATURING VARIOUS HALLS INCLUDING THE GATE HALL,BELL AND DRUM TOWERS,HALL OF HEAVENLY KINGS .

Putuo Zongcheng,a great featured picture by Gisling from Chinese Wikipedia!
.IT IS COMMUNLY CALLED THE BIG BUDHA TEMPLE BECAUSE IT HOUSES IN THE HALL OF THE GREAT VEHICLE,DASHENGGE,THE WORLD'S TALLEST WOODEN SCULPTURE OF BODHISATTVA AVALOKITESVARA or GUAN YIN,THE GODDESS OF MERCY .SHE IS 22 METERS TALL,WEIGHS 110 TONS,MEASURING 10 M AROUND THE WAIST;SHE HAS 42 ARMS AND 3 EYES SYMBOLIZING HER ABILITY TO SEE THE PRESENT,THE PAST AND THE FUTURE.

THE PUTUOZONGCHENG TEMPLE LOCATED ALONG A NATURAL HILLOCK,THIS BUDHIST TEMPLE COMPLEX WAS BUILT UNDER THE REIGN OF THE EMPEROR QUIANLONG FOR CELEBRATING HIS BIRTHDAY;IT IS A REPLICA OF THE GREAT POTALA MONASTERY IN LHASA AND OFTEN NICKNAMED "THE LITTLE POTALA".THE MAIN ARCHITECTURE IS THE GREAT RED PLATFORM STANDING AT THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE MOUNTAIN SLOPE ON WHICH THERE ARE 3 HALLS.THE MAIN HALL IS THE WANFAGUIYI HALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PLATFORM WITH A GOLDEN ROOF ON ITS TOP.

The golden tiled roof of the main hall,Putuo Zongcheng Temple Chengde
UNFORTUNATELY,AS WE WERE IN A HURRY TO COME BACK TO BEIJING,WE COULD NOT TAKE A PIC OF THE WHOLE TEMPLE COMPLEX.LUCKILY I HAVE FOUND ON THE CHINESE WIKIPEDIA A GREAT BIRD 'S EYE- VIEW BY GISLING!

THESE CHENGDE'S BUDHIST TEMPLES WERE ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR  CHINESE TRIP(BUT THEY WERE MANY OF THEM!) AND I DEPLORE THE LACK OF FOREIGN TOURISTS THERE.

AFTER THIS FANTASTIC VISIT,WE DROVE BACK BEIJING TO ENJOY THE BEIJING DUCK,ROASTED DIRECTLY OVER FLAMES AND SERVED IN THIN PIECES OF DUCK MEAT WITH A CRISP SKIN AND A SPECIAL SAUCE.

 

 

 

 

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The Puning Temple,Big Budha Temple…
The Puning Temple,Big Budha Templ…
Putuo Zongcheng,a great featured p…
Putuo Zongcheng,a great featured …
The golden tiled roof of the main …
The golden tiled roof of the main…
The courtyards smelled of incense …
The courtyards smelled of incense…
Puning Temple Chengde
Puning Temple Chengde
Puning Temple Chengde
Puning Temple Chengde
Puning Temple Chengde and prayer w…
Puning Temple Chengde and prayer …
in Puning Si,Chengde the Temple pr…
in Puning Si,Chengde the Temple p…
Puning Temple Chengde
Puning Temple Chengde
Puning Temple,on the right the Pav…
Puning Temple,on the right the Pa…
The Temples Dashengge,Pavilion of…
The Temple's Dashengge,Pavilion o…
in front of Puning Si Dashengge,Bi…
in front of Puning Si Dashengge,B…
Bariza in front of the Puning Temp…
Bariza in front of the Puning Tem…
Bariza making an offering to the P…
Bariza making an offering to the …
Bariza praying in front of The Pav…
Bariza praying in front of The Pa…
Gateway behind the 5 Pagodas Gate …
Gateway behind the 5 Pagodas Gate…
Detail of the Qianlong Tablet Pavi…
Detail of the Qianlong Tablet Pav…
Putuo Zongcheng Temple
Putuo Zongcheng Temple
Im relieved!
I'm relieved!
DONT show this sign to my friend L…
DONT show this sign to my friend …
A monk
A monk
Danielle and a young girl in tradi…
Danielle and a young girl in trad…
Five Pagodas Gate located behind t…
Five Pagodas Gate located behind …
Detais of the Five Pagodas Gate in…
Detais of the Five Pagodas Gate i…
flags and stones and prayer wheels…
flags and stones and prayer wheel…
holy flags and stones in Putuo Zon…
holy flags and stones in Putuo Zo…
Main Entrance to the Putuo Temple …
Main Entrance to the Putuo Temple…
Putuo Zongcheng,the main architect…
Putuo Zongcheng,the main architec…
Putuo Zongcheng in the main archit…
Putuo Zongcheng in the main archi…
Putuo Zongcheng,the corner Pavilion
Putuo Zongcheng,the corner Pavilion
Putuo Zongcheng,the golden roof
Putuo Zongcheng,the golden roof
Putuo Zongcheng
Putuo Zongcheng
performance in the main hall of Pu…
performance in the main hall of P…
Putuo Zongcheng
Putuo Zongcheng
a tout at the Temples entrance
a tout at the Temple's entrance
I bought some of these peaches but…
I bought some of these peaches bu…
look at the AC,on the way back to …
look at the AC,on the way back to…
on the road to Beijing
on the road to Beijing
only 14 seconds to go!
only 14 seconds to go!
I like this stable tricycle!
I like this stable tricycle!
Danielle waiting in front of the B…
Danielle waiting in front of the …
sign of the Restaurant
sign of the Restaurant
The cook slicing thin piecs of duc…
The cook slicing thin piecs of du…
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