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Legend of Pavilion of the Fragrance of Buddha

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  The queen of Kublai Khan, named Weng, was a woman of great wisdom. She used to assist Kublai Khan in governing the country. One day, she was seriously ill. She asked Kublai Khan to bury her in a hill on the north of Danling because she could feel her death was coming. “Why do you choose that place? It is very far from here.” Asked Kublai Khan. “Because there would be emperors to be my guardian.” She passed away soon after. Then she was buried under the terms of her will. The hill was called “Wengshan Mountain” after that.

Legend of Pavilion of the Fragrance of Buddha

 

  As years passed, the Emperor Qian Long found the view on the hill was very beautiful so he decided to build the Summer Palace here. Then the craftsmen found a crypt. They reported that to the emperor. “It must be the grave of queen Weng,” thought the emperor, “There could be many treasures under the ground.” So he ordered the craftsmen to dig the crypt to find the treasures. However, when they pried up the stone door, they only found there is a sentence on the back of the door “Leave me alone, and I’ll leave you alone.” The emperor freaked out and ordered the craftsmen to put the door back.

 

  Instead, the Pavilion of the Fragrance of Buddha was built here. It goes as queen Weng’s words go: Many emperors were her guardian.

Legend of Pavilion of the Fragrance of Buddha

 

  years passed, the Emperor Qian Long found the view on the hill was very beautiful so he decided to build the Summer Palace here. Then the craftsmen found a crypt. They reported that to the emperor. “It must be the grave of queen Weng,” thought the emperor, “There could be many treasures under the ground.” So he ordered the craftsmen to dig the crypt to find the treasures. However, when they pried up the stone door, they only found there is a sentence on the back of the door “Leave me alone, and I’ll leave you alone.” The emperor freaked out and ordered the craftsmen to put the door back.

 

  Instead, the Pavilion of the Fragrance of Buddha was built here. It goes as queen Weng’s words go: Many emperors were her guardian.

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