Little Western Heaven

Buddhist Temple in Beihai Park & Xicheng North

This is the largest square pavilion-style palace in China. It was built in secret as a gift for Emperor Qianlong's mother on her 80th birthday. Inside the cavernous hall is an enormous and rather garish diorama of Mt Sumeru with Bodhisattva seated at its peak and hundreds of arhats (disciples) arranged on rocky outcrops.