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Beijing Sights

Temple of Longevity (Wànshòu sì)

Updated 08/29/2014

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A Ming empress built this temple to honor her son in 1578. Qing emperor Qianlong later restored it as a birthday present to his mother. From then until the fall of the Qing, it served as a rest stop for imperial processions traveling by boat to the Summer Palace and Western Hills. The site also served as a Japanese military command center during occupation. Today the temple is managed by the Beijing Art Museum and houses a small but exquisite collection of Buddha images.

The statues in the main halls include dusty Ming-period Buddhas and one of Shakyamuni sitting on a 1,000-petal, 1,000-Buddha bronze throne.

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Sight Information

Address:

Suzhou Jie, Xisanhuan Lu, on the north side of Zizhu Bridge, Beijing, 100081, China

Phone:

010-6842–3565

Sight Details:

  • Y20
  • Tues.–Sun. 9–4

Updated 08/29/2014

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