C06 Chengde 2

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Platter of meat for the hot pot. The side with the darker liquid is very spicy! California needs more hot pot restaurants. Entrance to the Puning (Big Buddha) Temple. It houeses an enormous wooden Buddha with "1000 arms & eyes". An alternate name is "The Temple of Universal Tranquility".
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The fabric swatches are offerings. The lay out is a "mandala", with structures.... ...representing different parts of the universe. The air was heavy with incense.
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Lots of prayer wheels below the Buddha of 1000 arms. And, as everywhere, lots of stairs. (photo by BZ). Hotline to????