Religion in China

Ideas have always possessed an extraordinary potency and vitality in China. If you travel through the country you will inevitably stumble across numerous temples and other places if religious activities. It is fascinating to see how various religions and philosophies have developed and interacted.

For a more detailed overview, here is the link to Wikipedia. We can also recommend a book called Souls if China, which writes about the return of religion after Mao. Below we captured a few impressions from the various major religions present in China…

A mosque in Dali, Yunnan.

A catholic church also in Dali, Yunnan. We went to Sunday mass and were amazed by the diverse mix of people who attended. Some African ladies, women with a head scarf, men from Pakistan(?), local Chinese… And two Austrians!

Man Mo,a taoist temple in Hong Kong and a tribute to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo).

Many people will recognize this fellow: Confucius in the Confucius temple in Beijing.

The Lama Temple in Beijing is a temple and monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. It includes a throne for the Dalai Lama. Over the last centuries, many generations of the Dalai Lama traveled here from Lhasa to be acknowledged by Beijing.

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