Beihai Park — Part 2


Five-Dragon Pavilions

Five-Dragon Pavilions

So, just how cold was it this fine winter day in Beijing?  This cold:

Skating on thin ice

Actually, by afternoon it wasn’t too bad.  While the morning cold stung the exposed skin on our faces, by afternoon we were actually approaching freezing.  Still, I highly recommend going to Beijing in the off season for two reasons — few crowds, no stifling heat with humidity.

Nine-Dragon Wall

Nine-Dragon Wall

Our guide Jim Mao told us that Beihai Park is considered a romantic area by the residents of Beijing.  In the summer they even enjoy cruising the lake in the contraptions shown below.

Waiting for the Thaw

Awaiting the Thaw

As one would expect there are a lot of Buddhist temples on the ground of Beijai Park.  The Heavenly King Temple contains depictions of all four Buddhist “Heavenly Kings”.

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Temple of Heavenly Kings — West King and North King

Near the Five-Dragon Pavilions was the Temple of Extreme Happiness, which was built by Qing Dynasty Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) for his mother.

Temple of Extreme Happiness

Temple of Extreme Happiness

And here are a few more photographs to tide you over until Fun Photo Friday:

Temple of Bliss Interpretation

Temple of Bliss Interpretation

Five-Dragon Pavilions; White Dagoba in background

Five-Dragon Pavilions; White Dagoba in background

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