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The Convento Da Zhao

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The Convento Da Zhao temple or the Big Zhao is located in the small town of Hohhot in the vicinity of the district Licuan and today is the oldest centre of Lamaism in China. The Shrine was built in 1580 during the reign of the Qing dynasty and was called the Imperial temple due to the fact that the Emperor Shunzhi repeatedly stayed at this place when it was visited by the fifth Dalai Lama. In a sign of this event among the preserved relics of the Golden plate on which was written a greeting to the Emperor.

Yes Zhao was built strictly according to the traditional Han Chinese and Tibetan architectural styles and embodies the citadel of this direction of Buddhism, as Gelugpa. The entrance to the temple complex is crowned by the Mountain gate, through which you can get to the main building, divided into Hall of Heavenly Emperor, the hall of the Buddha Hall and Bodhi, which are the main parts of the Da Zhao. The main attraction of the temple is a two-meter statue of Buddha made of silver and blessed by the Dalai Lama the third immediately after construction.

The total area is about 30,000 square meters and is a unique Museum under the open sky. Also on site Da Zhao you can see a special place for reading Scriptures from the Canon and a separate room for worship. It is worth noting that for the purpose of expressing special deference to the Emperor in the temple was abolished a provision that had read about the reincarnation of the living Buddha. Today Zhao is the only Buddhist temple with a cancelled status.