Tibetan Lamasery in Beijing Attracts Record Number of Visitors on Chinese New Year

January 30, 2006

Source: China Economic Net/Xinhuanet


On January 30, 2006 Xinhuanet reported, "A Lamasery of Tibetan Buddhism attracted the largest number of visitors in Beijing on Sunday, the first day of Chinese lunar New Year, latest official figures showed. A total of 45,000 people visited Yonghe Lamasery to pray for happiness in the new year, up 16 percent over that for the first day of last traditional Chinese New Year, according to figures released by the Holiday Affairs Office of the Beijing Municipal Government. The temple, which used to be an imperial palace of the Qing dynasty (1616-1911), was turned into a Tibetan buddhist temple 1744 as ordered by Emperor Qianlong, according to an article posted by the temple on its official website."