Professor Yan Chongnian
Prof. Yan Chongnian, author and lecturer will, on this occasion, lead BIS members to two of the oldest temples in Beijing city. The Da Hui Si was built in 1513 and has some outstanding wall paintings that have survived from the Ming Dynasty. This temple is normally not open to the public. Mentioned in Prof. Yan's book, Beijing – The Treasures of an Ancient Capital, the Zhen Jue Si was built in 1473. The pagoda is the oldest of its kind in China and was made for the Emperor from plans brought over from India by an Indian monk. Of course, in both temples we will be able to appreciate all the Buddhist figures and ceremonial sculptures as well.