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Oi Dong is a monastery situated in the airiest of valleys up in the Ramtops. It is the home of the History Monks, more properly the Fighting Monks of the Order of Wen. Created by Wen the Eternally Surprised, it is a beautiful place, with cherry blossoms that are always in bloom and ice floating on the streams all the time (although Lobsang Ludd's final gift on graduating is to move time forward from Eternal Spring to Eternal Summer, and to turn the bloom into fruit. This is possibly highly symbolic of something or other). The grounds include classrooms for the various lectures, a number of dojos for physical training, Qu's area for technological experiments (using the power of time to blow things up), Lu-Tze's Garden of Five Surprises, the Garden of the Four Elements, the Abbot's quarters, the Mandala hall, and the hall for the Procrastinators. The nearby village providing a service industry to the monastery is named as Bong Hush.

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Pratchett says in a footnote in Raising Steam that Oi Dong is not dissimilar to Shangri - La, the fictional place described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton which has come to mean an idyllic place.

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