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The Tower of Buddhist Incense @ Summer Palace, Beijing

The Tower of Buddhist Incense (佛香閣 Foxiang Ge) sits atop Longevity hill in the Summer Palace, overlooking Kunming Lake.   Like a lot of historical sites in China, it went through cycles of construction and destruction.  It was first built by Emperor Qianlong during the 1700’s, destroyed by the Anglo-French allied Forces in 1860 and rebuilt again during Emperor Guangxu’s reign (1875 – 1908).   Continue reading

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Fei Lai Feng @ Hangzhou China

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Fei Lai Feng (飞来峰) literally means “Peak Flown in From Afar” and was thought to have flown in from India in Chinese legend.  The peak is rather rocky with ancient grottoes featuring plenty of Buddhist stone carvings.  The peak is located right next to the Lingyin Temple (灵隐寺) and the two are some of the finest historical places in Hangzhou that have endured for more than 1000 years.    Continue reading

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