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There is a greatest work in China, Dream In Red Mansion. Its author is Cao Xueqin. We know that Cao wrote this book in Beijing, the capital of Qing. But, not many people know that his hometown was in Liaoyang. The city can not miss this chance to promote itself. The Monument is hiden in a busy commercial street and you will feel a little calm inside.
Updated Feb 2, 2010
Guangyou Buddhist Temple Liaoyang is a huge new temple complex built by the Buddhist community in Liaoyang. The seated gold Buddha inside the main hall requires you to crane your neck to see it.
The picture of Haoxuan was taken in front of the temple grounds gate.
A container to the left of the Buddha statute has small windows to view one of Buddha's fingers. When I was there it was not lit and nothing could be seen inside.
Written Oct 30, 2004
This was a beautiful restaurant in Liaoyang. The transparent roof, waterfall , trees and flagstone floor made it seem outdoors
On a long counter were all the raw materials to pic from. Green vegetables in abundance and at least eight types of mushroom. Seafood and meats were all good.
Favorite Dish: Everything I tried was very good steamed and roasted items were delicately flavored.
Written Aug 6, 2005
I can't tell you where this is or even the name. On the window was written Sheep but nothing in roman letters. My host could not even tell me a name other than "Very Good Sheep".
Apparently the owner raises sheep nearby and makes special dishes.
I will say that the full lamb shoulder on a platter roasted with a crust of spices was without doubt the best lamb (my favorite meat) I have had. THe restaurant was very simple but oh that food.
Favorite Dish: Roasted Lamb Shoulder
It was roasted until the meat was falling off the bone. On the outside was a thick crust of spices. I'm drooling just trying to remember it.
Written Oct 30, 2004
The river through Liaoyang is being redeveloped and looks lovely where finished. Taichi, the traditional morning exercise in China is on the decline. What is popping up in various cities are the exercise equipment shown here. You can also see stones lying around. In the United States this would not be allowed for liability reasons. They were also scattered all over a nearby plaza. The reason is that through the day and especially during the evening, vendor's stands are all along the area selling everything from grilled meat to clothes and taking orders for cell phone service. So why the rocks you ask? Why to hold down the tarps and sheets for roofs on the stands of course. Very logical in China.
Updated Nov 14, 2004
Near the Golden Plaza Hotel along the river was this old Temple. It was closed with chains on the doors. It is a beautiful example of Northern Chinese Architecture. I hope it is being renovated because it was nice seeing among the new buildings going up. The carved stone stele in front with the dragons was nice. The style of the dragons seemed unusual (maybe someone knows something about this). If you compare the ones on the stone and those above it, they are quite different in style. Actually I prefer seeing the way people live rather than archaic religous architectural styles. In most countries little is preserved of the common man so we are left with the image of the temples and churches as being representative.
Written Oct 15, 2004