Homecoming for Ancient Princess Wencheng
07-24-2018    CCTV.com
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<DIV align=left><BR><SPAN lang=EN-US>CCTV.com, October 12, 2006</SPAN></DIV>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Tibet</SPAN></st1:country-region><SPAN lang=EN-US>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region> -- In the history of <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tibet</st1:place></st1:country-region>, there is a special place reserved for the Han princess -- Wencheng. Around the year 600, the princess was married by the <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Tang Imperial Court</st1:address></st1:Street>, to legendary Tibetan ruler Songtsan Gampo. The union brought lasting peace between the two powers, and has spawned numerous romantic stories.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Tour all the palaces and temples of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Lhasa</st1:City></st1:place>, and it becomes obvious that Princess Wencheng had it all. Her presence is ubiquitous. Many say the location of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Jokhang</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Temple</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> was chosen by the princess herself. And the Buddhist shrine has nearly become her own house of worship.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The princess earned the respect of the Tibetan people, and if the stories are to be believed, the love of her husband. But all this came at a price -- Wencheng never returned from her adopted home. One can imagine the princess enduring the gnawing pain, of missing her parents and her palace.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>But now, almost one and a half millennia after her death, that longing is finally being fulfilled. A Chinese expatriate, in the <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">United States</st1:place></st1:country-region>, has paid in advance for a Princess Wencheng statue. It will be crafted in <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Jokhang</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Temple</st1:PlaceType>, then sent back to <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Guangren</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Temple</st1:PlaceType> in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Xi'an</st1:City></st1:place>, the ancient capital of the Tang Dynasty. Those who escort the statue will travel the same path, in reverse, that the princess and her entourage took long ago.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>There's a world of difference between a Tang princess and today's overseas Chinese. But missing home is a shared human emotion, regardless of time and place.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>No matter how far you go, home is still home.</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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