Yonghe Temple / Winter Palace

Our next outing was to the Yonghe Temple, and the Winter Palace.

The Yonghe Temple – commonly known as the Lama Temple – houses both a temple and a Buddhist monastery. A residence for eunuchs of the previous dynasty was formerly in the spot where the new complex, which was built in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, was erected. Pun intended.

With some elements constructed in thee late 12th century, Beihai Park is one of the oldest and largest imperial gardens in China, and home to palaces, statues, and temples of historical significance.

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