Wanshou Temple (Temple of Longevity), Beijing

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The Wanshou Temple is a temple located at the Suzhoujie in Haidian District, Beijing. In addition to being a Buddhist temple, the Wanshou Temple also houses the Beijing Art Museum .It was built in 1577 during the Wanli era of the Ming dynasty to store Chinese Buddhist scriptures; it also later became a permanent celebration place for the imperial families of the Ming and Qing dynasties.The Wanshou Temple was known as one of Beijing's most important temples, and it was declared as one of Beijing's "Key Cultural Heritage of Preservation" in August 1979. The Beijing Art Museum housed in the Wanshou Temple has also collected and preserved precious historical relics such as bronze and jade articles of Shang and Zhou dynasties, and ancient art treasures such as porcelains, earthenwares, enamels, carved lacquer ware, ivory carving, wood carving, and many relics from past dynasties; it has a permanent collection of 70,000 items.Among the most important items displayed in the museum includes Chinese paintings and calligraphy from the Ming and Qing dynasties since 1368, Chinese weavings and embroideries of the Ming and Qing dynasties, and ancient coins of China and other countries. Modern Chinese, Japanese and other Asian arts and crafts and paintings are also displayed in the museum.
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  • Well worth the visit if you have time in your schedule. I visited in low season so it was a quiet, relaxed venue to walk around.  more »
  • We accidently passed this place and went inside. They had some work going on and denied access to some areas. It's a nice place but can get very crowded.  more »
  • Located to the side of the Canal in the summer palace, now also lamented the river wide, along the way are old House back warm all the way to the temple, now only the longevity of a. Once Royal facade of a brilliant, not small in scale, vicissitudes of the ancient tree in the backyard, now fully transformed art museums, not goodbye.
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  • It's a 1.2 km walk (20 min) from exit A of the National Library metro station on line 4 or 9. It's a Buddhist temple and worshipers are seen making offerings. However, no incense and no monks. Red placards are hung along the fence with written blessings. There's a bonus to visiting since the Beijing Art Museum is housed on site. A few English signs with brief details are found on building entrances. Also, the bathrooms are squatters. Just yucky. The entrance ticket includes admittance to the Beijing Art Museum. On Wednesdays, the first 200 visitors are free. Otherwise 20 RMB for adults.
  • Longevity Temple in Temple West, founded in the Ming Wanli five years (1577), by the mother of the emperor of the Wanli Li Taihou Capital, Sili supervision Feng Pao site, Minister of the building, Juzheng is writing "invoke the temple of longevity monastery inscription." Ming Dynasty Longevity Temple scale, architecture gorgeous, "a few with the big buildings and so on." At the beginning of Qing Dynasty, 16 years (1659) Longevity Temple fire, most buildings were burnt. But after Kangxi, Qianlong Hange misasa Four degrees of reconstruction, expansion, eventually formed a longevity temple in the east, West three road, set temples, palaces, gardens in one of the huge scale, covers an area of 30,000 square meters, became the royal celebration of the Qing Dynasty's important venue, with the "west of the Imperial palace" reputation. The Qing Dynasty painter painted a piece of "Incense lin Thousand Patchwork map" for us to show the Qianlong period of longevity temple for the Empress Dowager held the celebration of the festival. On that day, thousands of monks gathered in front of the temple chanting, holding the Buddhist dojo. In the Long river opposite the temple on the South Bank is built to sing the Taiwan, is the monks, abbot, abbot gathered in the temple, thousands of monks from all sides gathered at the side of the singing platform. Long Hebei Shore, Temple door for the court officials of the gathering place. In the picture, the court officials were directing the clearing site before the temple, busy with the preparation of the emperor and the Empress Dowager, the monks were gathered in the south bank of the river, the head crowded, singing through the Taiwan monks are and officials exchanged greetings, consultations, the Longevity temple complex is a new whitewash, Shang hanging, presents a jubilant atmosphere of celebration. Now the longevity temple experienced several major repairs, the Middle Road and West Road complex restored the original pattern, the East road is still to be trimmed. The entire Temple cloth department is rigorous, divides into the middle, east, west three roads. Middle Seven into the courtyard, in turn on the axis of the gate, the King's Palace, Main hall, Wanshou (for the 2002-2003 reconstruction), the big meditation, rockery Garden, Qianlong Royal Pavilion, the immeasurable longevity Temple, Guangxu Royal Pavilion and the Million Buddha Building, the main hall on both sides are built with palaces and other ancillary buildings West Road for the palace. The front of the temple restored the cruise pier.
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  • In the Museum. Good feelings come walking from the National Library station, but weather permitting, no. 10 line length Spring station along the river walk. Is a few allspice is planted.
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  • Very quiet place not many tourists are free to
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