Sights Further Afield

M. A. Aldrich

in The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9789622097773
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207585 | DOI:
Sights Further Afield

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A trip to the Ming Tombs and the Great Wall can also include a visit to the Silver Mountain Pagoda Forest in Chang Ping County. The pagoda “forest” consists of seven pagodas built in a valley with a mountain range cradling them in the background. Chan Buddhism delightfully challenges the acolyte to break dualistic thought through a sudden flash of enlightenment that attends meditation on an impossible riddle. The tombs are modeled closely on the Ming Tombs, though they do not rise to the same level of exquisite design. The Temple of the Cloud Place was originally constructed in the sixth century by a monk called Jing Yuan. It is believed that there is no more fitting place to bring to close the wanderings in Old Peking.

Keywords: Ming Tombs; Great Wall; Silver Mountain Pagoda Forest; Old Peking; Chan Buddhism; Temple of the Cloud Place; Jing Yuan

Chapter.  5720 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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