17 Apr, 2014 in HK Places
Nan Lian Gardens Diamond Hill HK (2)

I took a Chinese visitor to Hong Kong to see some of the local temple culture on a temple run day. We started at the quiet and beautiful  Nan Lian gardens and Chu Lin Nunnery near Diamond Hill, continues to the hectic Wong Tai Sin and then made our way to the 10000 Buddhas near […]

27 Feb, 2014 in Beijing
Baiyun Guan White Cloud Temple  Beijing (1)

Lots of religious worship sites around Beijing. I previously visited a Confucian temple and a large Buddhist temple next to it – Yonghegong. While Cloud Temple is a good example of a Daoist temple in Beijing. Dating back to the 8th century Tang dynasty. Daoism was promoted as the Tangs extended influence in an attempt […]

27 Jan, 2014 in Macau
Kun Lam Temple Macau (19)

A bit off the beaten track for the casino hungry Macau tourist and not as well known as A-Ma temple is the very old Kun Iam Temple dating back to the 17th (some say 14th) century before the Portuguese took hold of Macau. It’s dedicated to the venerate Kun Iam, the Chinese god of mercy, […]

24 Jul, 2013 in HK Places
Yuen Yuen Institute - Hong Kong (27)

A few weeks after returning from a visitor scholar attachment to Florida State University, the professor I was working with reciprocated with a visit to Hong Kong with his daughter. Being the local, I was happy to suggest the good old tourist attractions that are the must TODO list for most people coming in to […]

20 Jul, 2013 in Kinmen Island
Jinsha Shaobei City God Festival - Kinmen Island (43)

Sometimes travel is mostly about luck, and on my recent trip to Kinmen luck was definitely on my side. As I entered Kinmen via a ferry from Xiamen and sat down with the shy guy in the welcoming Tourist Information Center it took a few minutes of pushing him with questions for him to finally […]

6 Jul, 2013 in Shanghai
ZhouZhuang watertown - Shanghai-089

Quite a few things to see when visiting the gorgeous watertown of Zhou Zhuang between Suzhou and Shanghai, but of all the local attractions the most impressive is perhaps the Quanfu Temple dedicated to Buddhism. It dates back to the Song dynasty (1086) and has recently gone through some impressive reconstruction.   …

2 Nov, 2012 in Taipei
Taipei Treasure Hill Artist Village (18).JPG

Next to the newly renovated Treasure Hill – a military neighborhood turned artist village – lies an old temple dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy – Guan Yin (觀音). This temple dates back almost 300 years, and is well worth a visit on your way towards the artist village.   …

30 Sep, 2012 in Taipei
Xingtian Temple Taipei (5).JPG

Knowing Taipei as well as I do it’s somewhat surprising I never got around to visit one of Taiwan’s most popular temples – Xingtian Temple. In my recent visit to Taipei I finally remedied that, and after a visit to the nearby remains of the Taipei Flora Expo I walked a few blocks and made […]

29 Apr, 2012 in Shanghai
Jingan Temple - Shanghai (29).JPG

There are a number of temples around Shanghai worth visiting (City God Temple, Confucius Temple, etc.), but Jing An Temple is probably among the oldest of those. Allegedly dating back almost 1800 years, "only" 800 years in the current location, it’s seen its share of history, though it’s now almost completely reconstructed due to an […]

19 Sep, 2011 in Taipei
Chih Nan Temple Muzha (31).JPG

Up the monkey mountains of Muzha (Houshan, 猴山) on the terrific Maokong Gondola is one of Taipei’s prime temples – Chi Nan Temple – offering superb views of southern Taipei City combined with the cultural atmosphere of the local religions. The temple is dedicated to Lu Dongbin, arguably the leader of the Eight Immortals, who […]

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