Date: March 31, 2017, Friday
Duration: 10:00 am -12:00 noon, around 2 hours
Location: Lama Temple (Wu Dao Ying Hutong & Imperial Academy) 雍和宫 (五道营胡同+国子监)
Route: Subway Line 2 or Line 5, Lama Temple Station (also known as Yonghegong Station)
Meet up: 10am at Lama Temple Station, Exit F
Yonghegong (The Lama Temple) is a famous lamasery located in the northeastern part of the old city of Beijing. It was a palatial residence built in 1694 by Qing Emperor Kangxi for his fourth son, Prince Yongzheng who later succeeded to the throne. This magnificent temple consists of five main buildings lying on the north-south axis, with annex halls standing on both sides. The temple is listed by the Chinese Government as one of the important historical monuments under special preservation.
Wu Dao Ying Hutong is Beijing’s emerging stylish Hutong for young culture pioneers. In there you can find a variety of cafes, boutiques, stylish book bars, etc. It is where the young meet during a relaxing day.
Imperial Academy (Guozijian in Chinese), was first established in 1306. It served as the supreme administrative headquarters for the organization of education and the highest seat of learning during the Yuan (1271-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. It is the last imperial academy in China and has been listed as an important cultural relic site under state-level protection.