well, sorta still day 14...part 2?
we started the day yesterday by heading to the Yonghe Temple, commonly known as the Lama Temple. It is a temple and monastery of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism. Work on the temple started in 1694.
The drive up to the place was quite fun. I knew we were getting close as there were suddenly loads of stores selling buddah statues out my window. i had never seen so many golden figures.
Once inside, you are greated by two people who provide you with a bundle of sticks/incense so that you my light some and say a prayer. we were really there to look at architectural details so I wasn't necessarily prepared to start saying any specific prayers...other than for a good time in China!
There were loads of beautiful statues in the many buildings on the property. They seemed to get progressively larger the further into the complex we went.
Sadly, tonight is my last night in the lap of luxury. I will miss this place. Though I am looking forward to getting settled into a real apartment, this hotel room quickly became my safe home away from home. The staff was brilliantly friendly and they made our morning breakfasts fun and enjoyable. Tomorrow, I'll move about 10 minutes closer to the city center....to a residence hotel that many of you may have heard of....if you participated in the Emerson LA program...you know what I'm talking about. I hope that it's even half as comfortable as this place has been.
Will try to keep the posts coming! Thanks.