Lighting Candles at Shangqing Temple

Category: Travel Portraits


Photo and caption by Michael Lin

A monk at Shangqing Temple lights candles in the central courtyard. This Daoist temple was established on the summit of Mt. Qingcheng in Sichuan during the Jin Dynasty, more than 800 years ago. This monk could probably remember the time during the Cultural Revolution when young Red Guards climbed the mountain to destroy the temple. They were convinced to leave by the actions of a quick-thinking monk who turned around the temple's entrance sign, written by Chiang Kai-shek, and painted "Long Live Mao" on the back.

Location: Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province, China


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