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[China] 雍和宫 Lama Temple Vlog

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[China] 雍和宫 Lama Temple Vlog

My friend had just finished med school and was hoping to get into a good residency program. Since we were both in Beijing, we decided to visit Lama Temple to pray for some good luck. It happened to be a special religious day, so the grounds were filled with people. Despite the crowds, there was a quiet feeling of serenity as we walked amongst the beautiful architecture and statues of the gods.

I put together my footage of the day in a video. Enjoy!


Excerpt from Lonely Planet:

The most renowned Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet, the Lama Temple was converted to a lamasery in 1744 after serving as the former residence of Emperor Yong Zheng. Today the temple is an active place of worship, attracting pilgrims from afar, some of whom prostrate themselves in submission at full length within its halls.

Music: Album: MV + EE: Live at the OCCII 17/02/2010 Track: 01. MV + EE Live at the OCCII (06:43) Source: http://www.freemusicarchive.org

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[China] The Old Schoolhouse

Mengjinzhuang Village, Hebei Province, China (2013)

I spent this past summer in China, working on a project at Tsinghua University and spending time with relatives. It had been over 8 years since I visited my father's village in Hebei, and I was eager to see the changing rural landscape.

A new schoolhouse was recently completed, donated by a Taiwanese businessman, but the old one still remained standing, abandoned and deteriorating. My cousin Mengmeng led me to see her old classroom where she spent her elementary days. The last lesson remained on the blackboard, still remarkably clear and untouched. Ghosts of child-sized footprints could still be seen on the dusty floors. The walls were covered in posters of heroes of the Communist Revolution, starkly contrasting with portraits of famous Western scientists. Looking up at the ceiling, I could see rows of frozen dinner packages adding extra insulation, attesting to the resourcefulness of resource-strapped villagers. 

As Mengmeng pulled out her new smartphone to weChat with her friend, I realized how much the village had changed in just 8 years. Economic and technological progress is reaching even the poorest rural areas of China, and scenes such as the old schoolhouse will soon be faded memories. 

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The full photoset can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/19nuu52

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