August 13, 2017

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President U Htin Kyaw and First Lady visit the Buddha Tooth Relic temple, Forbidden City and the Great Wall

President U Htin Kyaw and First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin visit the Great Wall in Beijing.

President U Htin Kyaw and First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin who are on a goodwill visit to the People’s Republic of China visited the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall yesterday.
The President, First Lady and entourage arrived at the Lingguang Temple, Beijing at local standard time 9:30 a.m. and met with the Lingguang Temple Sayadaw and donated offerings.
Afterwards, the President and First Lady visited the Buddha Tooth Relic Stupa to view and pay respect to the Buddha Tooth Relic.
The Buddha Tooth Relic has visited Myanmar four times, in 1955, 1994, 1996 and 2011, for the people to pay respects and homage. The Buddha Tooth Relic is displayed inside a casket ornamented with gold and jewels on a dais in the hall of the Buddha Relic Stupa.
Afterwards, the President, First Lady and entourage visited the Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, in Beijing and studied the ancient Chinese architecture and traditional handicrafts.
The Forbidden City lies at the city center of Beijing and once served as the imperial palace of 24 emperors for nearly 500 years from the Ming Dynasty, 1368, to Qing Dynasties, 1911.
It was built for 14 years from 1406 to 1420 and has 980 buildings. The ancient palace is surrounded by a 26 ft high city wall and 171 ft wide moat. The home of 24 emperors – 14 of the Ming dynasty and 10 of the Qing dynasty – was opened to the public in 1925.
An extensive collection of artwork and artifacts in the Palace Museum were the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 by UNESCO and is the biggest ancient wooden building in the world. Annually, more than 14 million visitors visit the Palace Museum and this museum holds the record as the most visited site in the world.
In the afternoon, the President, First Lady and entourage arrived at the Great Wall in Beijing and viewed the ancient architectural works.
The Great Wall of China is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is a World Heritage Site visited annually by many visitors.
The Great Wall was built across the northern borders of imperial China over deserts, mountains and forests to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe. It is the longest man-made structure built. Emperor Qin Shi Huang in 221 BC extended the wall to more than 5000 km long. Since then, the Great Wall has been rebuilt, maintained and enhanced; the majority of the existing wall is from the Ming Dynasty (1363-1644).
Afterwards, the President, First Lady and entourage arrived at the Myanmar Embassy in Beijing and met and discussed cordially with staff and family members about their education, health and living conditions.
In the evening, the President met with officials from the Huawei Company at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.
Afterwards, the President attended the publishing and distribution event of the book titled “Min Thu Wun and China” that was held at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse and gave a speech of honor. The book was published in both Chinese and Myanmar and includes articles written by Sayagyi Min Thu Win about his travel experiences to China as well as his translation of Chinese literature and writings about Myanmar culture.

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