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Join us on a day trip to a cluster of evocative 1000-year-old pagodas, in a tranquil valley about 1.5 hours’ drive from the city. Beijing historian Wang Xiaoxin will provide commentary on these monuments to China’s search for spiritual identity. In the Ming and Qing dynasties, 'Iron-wall Silver Mountain' which rises dramatically above the pagodas was one of Beijing’s eight great scenic sites; it used to be a famous Buddhist shrine. Over four dynasties -- Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing -- many pagodas were built here and 18 remain standing.  Why were pagodas so important during that era, and what symbolism is woven into their construction? Historian Wang will explore these and other topics related to Beijing's spiritual past. 

WHAT: Excursion to the Silver Pagodas -- or Yin Shan Ta Lin -- led by historian Wang Xiao Xin (includes lunch)

WHEN: Sunday March 3, departing the Hilton Hotel (see below) at 9.00 AM and returning approximately 5:00 PM

 TRANSPORT: Bus leaves promptly at 09:00 AM from the parking lot of the Hilton Hotel, east 3rd Ring Road, near Liangmaqiao subway stop. We expect to return to the Hilton about 5:00 PM, depending on traffic and weather conditions. The Hillton's address is #1 Dong Fang Road; TEL: 58655000 东三环北路东方路1号 邮政编码: 希尔顿酒店 (三元桥)

HOW MUCH: RMB 300 for RASBJ members, RMB 350 for non-members, which covers transport, Wang’s fee, entrance tickets, audiophone rental and lunch. If your request to attend is confirmed, payment will be requested in advance and is non-refundable.

RSVP: Please email communications.ras.bj@gmail.com, with the subject header “Silver Pagodas”. Include all attendees names and at least one mobile phone number. Numbers may be limited; RASBJ members receive priority. Confirmed attendees will receive an email, with payment instructions, during the last week of February.

NOTES: Please dress appropriately for winter weather and a bit of walking.

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