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July 9th 2008
Published: July 16th 2008
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It didn't look this good in the daylight
I arrive in Chendge late in the evening and the town has been quite badly flooded. Fortunately, most of the water has subsided by morning and the weather brightened a little, but the streets are still covered in mud.

I visit the Imperial Palace and Summer Villa, and stroll around the very beautiful park and grounds. They have deer running wild that bite if you get too close (take my word for it...), ponds FULL of goldfish and some amazing pagodas, with many tiled rooves.

In the afternoon I got to the Puning Si, a Tibetan style temple containing a 22m high, many-armed Buddha, one of the world's biggest wooden statues. It's a working temple and there are hundreds of monks around, hacking and spitting.

I also get to turn my first (hundred) prayer-wheel(s).

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Lots of them!
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Prayer wheels

Make sure you spin them to the right

My favourite pic

Young lovers get their names engraved on them and chain them near temples

Very colourful

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