I’ve been told that if you have time to visit only one temple in Beijing, choose Lama temple. I agree! Spent sunny Sunday walking in astonishing temple area, which highlight is the 18- meter high statue of Maitreya Buddha #lamatemple#beijing#visitbeijing#visitchina
"The woman takes care of the baby. The man plays soccer." How can you can tell a male Chinese imperial guardian lion from his female counterpart? Answer: by checking what they have under their stone or bronze paw! A cub? You're looking at momma. A ball? He's the man.
Offended by the answer? You might benefit from a short break in Beijing. Traditional art isn't politically correct. If you're a female visitor who plays soccer, just relax. The female or yin lion protects visitors like you as well! 😊 Balls or not, we are her cubs! The male or yang lion keeps the site and the building safe. A bit like Bob the Builder, Ming or Qing style.
A Chinese lion is still a lion. In the West these guardian lions are called 'foo dogs'. If you quiz or do crosswords, you may have already scored answering this. I had to go to Beijing to realize how silly it is to call a lion a dog. Cats are cats. No woofing.
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At the Lama Temple in Beijing, each visitor receives a complimentary bundle of incense. I only know this because Mei-Xia, my amazing @amazingdestinationsbelgium guide, translator and gentle whirlwind fixer, told me.
Pick up your incense at the booth with the English sign that says 'complimentary incense'. 😊 If you're not a Buddhist visiting to worship, you just do as the locals and make a wish.
Some are economic in their wishing and divide their time, energy, wishes and incense. A bit like spreading risks, I guess. I lit the whole bundle at once and made one whopping wish for the world.
The Lama Temple is a @unesco.world.heritage site. It is a must see when visiting the capital of China. I loved the peace and tranquility. I loved the light, the views. And I loved the spirit of the incense.
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