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In the Ya'er Hutong that runs parallel to the northern bank of Shichahai (the upper of the Houhai lakes) is the Guanghua Temple, or Temple of Great Change, a quiet corner of old Beijing.
I have never managed to get inside the temple, as it is always closed for public holidays and I always seem to end up at Houhai on public holidays!
The temple has two interesting stories making a visit worthwhile. In the Yuan Dynasty, a Buhhist monk meditated here, reading his sutras. After completing each chapter, he would save one grain of rice, and when he had enough rice in his basket, he would sell it to local people to raise funds that would eventually pay for the construction of the temple.
It was also the final home of the very last of the Imperial eunuchs, who died just ten years ago.
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