Shanghai: Burning Incense at the Temple

October 7, 2014 — Leave a comment

Very near the original gate to the city of Shanghai that I shared about in my last blog, there is another area of interest.  This area is like a small temple where people go to burn incense.  You can smell the incense being burned for quite some distance away from the facility itself, so you know when you are getting close!

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As you can see, there was a crowd gathered at this location. Both foreigners and Chinese were there to burn incense.  Luckily for them, there was a nearby place where they could purchase incense to burn.

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There were some large statues inside the building, but there was not much illumination inside.  The red tassels hanging from the light are for good luck and are a very common sight in China.  The exterior of the structure was red, which is a popular color in china.

If you thought it was too crowded to go inside the small building, there was another area nearby where people could burn their incense.  Also, they had a small fireplace with hot charcoal burning so people could light their incense sticks.

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If you have the opportunity to visit China, it is much more enjoyable and educational if you can experience it with someone that is knowledgeable about the history.  Don’t forget, you need to both be able to communicate in the same language!

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