When I am working with clients I often hear that they do not want to see too many temples. Over the past 20+ years I have visited hundreds of temples myself. Like Churches in Europe there are some that you do not want to miss. One Temple like that is the Lama Temple in Beijing which is close in and easy to get to but seldom included in tours because buses have a difficulty getting to it. Monks are still at this temple and can often be seen at prayer time chanting in the main temple room where the 5 story tall Buddha carved from one sandalwood tree trunk is located. Photos are forbidden but you can buy postcards like the one above. The temple was actually built around it after it was located there. So when in Beijing take the time to go see this temple if it is not included in your tour. Tours of China is our business so if you are looking for a China Tour Package or a private Custom China Tour, we are your U.S. China Tour Operator with over 20 years experience. Ask for our references of past customers who do not mind being contacted either about their tours or our services as a China Tour Company.
As a Tours To China, China Travel Agency and Tour Operator to China & Tibet only, I get many questions on China with my 25 years experience of travelling in China. One of the comments I get when I do custom tours for clients is….”Not too many Temples, please”. Its like seeing too many churches in Europe as they all start to look alike and you can only see so many. I have checked out many temples in China but one of the most interesting ones in all China is right in Beijing. Few group tours go there because of the lack of parking facilities. It is the Lama Temple complete with monks and their afternoon chanting. What makes it interesting also is the 5 story tall Buddha in the photo above. It has been carved from one Sandalwood tree trunk and then the temple room built over it. Located on the near north side of Beijing it is worth the time to visit along with the rest of the buildings and grounds. I plan custom tours to sites that fit your interests rather than the convenient ones that Group Tour Companies take you to where they take you on shopping stops or just where they have access to with their bus. Check my web site at www.interlakechinatours.com and my photo album at www.picasaweb.google.com/ChinaDave1 A list of references of past clients who do not mind being contacted either about their tours or my services is available for the asking.