Beijing 2002 – Day 5: The Temple of Heaven, China Resources Building Lunch, Llama Temple (Yonghe Gong), & Peking Duck Restaurant

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Entrance to the Temple of Heaven

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The main gate to the Temple of Heaven

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Drawing Chinese characters in water is a popular form of exercise for the elderly.

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The Round Altar, where the Ming and Qing emperors prayed for good harvests

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Looking back at the main gate

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View from on top of the round altar

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A view of the gates and buildings ahead

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The temple grounds are popular places to practise Tai Chi

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A wooden cabinet inside one of the buildings

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A building beside the round echo-wall, so-called because a person talking loudly behind one building can be heard on the other side of the complex

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Detail of a roof corner

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View of the long walk to the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

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A large pot of flowers along the way

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The well-kept lawns to the side along the way

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Detail of the gate leading to the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

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The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

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Close-up of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

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Me in front of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

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A bronze pot outside the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

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A long walkway where locals enjoy knitting, making music, and talking with friends

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Lunch in a traditional restaurant at the China Resources Building

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The waitresses wear traditional dress

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… and traditional high-heels!

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A build at the Llama Temple (Yonghe Gong)

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A pleasant view inside the Llama Temple

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A bronze sculpture at the Llama Temple

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Detail of a building off to the side

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The hall that houses the 18 metre tall Maitreya Buddha carved from a single sandalwood tree (no photographs were allowed)

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A cloud of incense with a roof-top view in the background

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Block of marble with inscriptions outside the main hall

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View of the street & sky outside the Llama Temple

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A discussion about a traffic accident on the way back to the hotel

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Chefs preparing ducks at the Qianmen Quanjude Roast Duck restaurant (built in 1864)

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The number of roast ducks served since 1864

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Decorative dragons hanging in the centre of the restaurant

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Our chef getting ready to carve the duck for our table

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Slicing the duck

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Our table

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The restaurant has seen some important visitors: George Bush Snr and Helmut Kohl

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Yasser Arafat and Fidel Castro enjoying the best Peking Duck on the planet!

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Another view of the dragons in the centre

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The duck-counter isn’t an up-to-the-minute record, apparently

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Two Chefs having a chat whilst cooking roast duck

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Entrance to the Forbidden City at night

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The centre of Tiananmen Square at night

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Wangfujing Subway Station

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Subway station billboards. The Dulux dog is a familiar sight in Beijing, too!

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A subway train approaching the platform

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The subway train coming to a stop

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The view at the end of Wangfujing Street (I think)

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Looking in the opposite direction

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