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Ancestral temple of Xibe ethnic group opens to public

(People's Daily Online)

17:05, August 26, 2011

On Aug. 25, citizens visit an ancestral temple of the Xibe ethnic group in Shenyang. (Xinhua/Zhang Wenkui)

On Aug. 25, the ancestral temple of the Xibe ethnic group opened to the public free of charge in Shenyang city. This is the first time the newly restored building has been opened to the public since 2003.

The ancestral temple of the Xibe ethnic group is listed as an important cultural relic site under state protection. Located in Huangsi square in Shenyang, the ancestral temple has 304 years of history and covers a total area of 4,000 square meters.

The temple was built in the Qing dynasty with money donated by members of the Xibe ethnic group living in Shengyang. The memorial temple served first as a Tibetan Buddhist temple, and it is the only ancestral temple of the Xibe ethnic group in the country.

Edited and Translated by Liu Xiaoning, People's Daily Online

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