BeiHai Park

Beijing, China

The Temple of Supreme Happiness

Emperor QianLong built the buddhist GuanYin Hall for his mother - to pray for her happiness and longevity.

The hall and gates occupy an area of 1,260 square meters and the whole is surrounded by water. In each compass direction there is an archway of glazed tiles. It is the largest palatial hall in the style of a square pavilion in China.

Inside the amazingly spacious, high roofed hall is a sculpture of Mount Sumeru. On the hill are statues of GuanYin (a Bodhisattva) and the 800 Arhats. The inscription of 'Extreme Happiness' behind the hill is in the handwriting of Emperor QianLong.




GuanYin Hall, with the southern bridge in the foreground.

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Beihai Park Introduction

Beihai Park Videos All ten videos

Beihai Park Introduction
Layout and Map

South Scenic Area

The Circular City

On the Island

Jade Island
YongAn Temple
Pavilion of Benevolent Voice
The White Dagoba
The Long Corridor
FangShan Restaurant
Chamber for Reading the Classics
ZhiZhu Hall

East Scenic Area


North West Scenic Area

Peaceful Heart Garden
Heavenly King Hall
DaCi ZhenRu Hall
The 9 Dragon Screen
The 5 Dragon Pavilions
The 5 Dragon Pavilions (2)
ChanFu Temple and Garden
The Pavilion of Complete Happiness
Boating at BeiHai Park

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