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[[start page]] 66 the pass at Lao Yeh Ling where there is a Ming temple believed to have been founded under the Hans [[strikethrough]] (see photograph)[[/strikethrough]], and past the interesting monastery of Ta Kao [[strikethrough]] (see photograph) [[/strikethrough]] perched among the rocks and celebrated by the Imperial poets who stopped there on their journeys between Mukden and Peking. In fact this whole route is interesting to the student of the Ch'ing dynasty for its many relics of the Imperial progresses. The monks told me that collectors of fine caligraphy send to this remote region for rubbings made from the stones inscribed by Emperors and famous poets. [[underline]] KUAN NING [[/underline]] At Kuan Ning were twin pagodas of thirteen [[underline]] PAGODAS [[/underline]] stories each, barely a hundred y^[[ards]] apart [[strikethrough]] (see photograph). [[/strikethrough]] They were in better preservation than those of Chinchow fu and Ichow owing to the fact that they had undergone more extensive repairs. Some of the sculptured ornament had quite lost its original lines through restoration, but enough was left on each pagoda, both of the Buddhist figures and the architectural ornament, to give evidence which was almost conclusive of a T'ang date. They, like the Ichow tower, were set with three mirrors on each of the eight faces of every stage. I was surprised to find no inscription near these pagodas recording repairs, but was much pleased to discover and be able to purchase a single rubbing made some years before from an inscription on a stone set on the North face of the Eastern pagoda so high up as to be invisible from the ground. Although the writing is almost illegible, it is said to contain a T'ang date and to be recognizable as of that period by the character of the caligraphy. [[end page]]
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