Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Five Religions of Lincang

After some Internet studying, Sun-Ling determined that Lincang, Yunnan, China was home to at least 5 different religions. So we set out to find all the various places of worship and succeeded: Two Protestant Churches, the Muslim Mosque, four Taoist Temples, two Mahayana Buddhist Temples, and two Theravada Buddhist Temples. But no Confucius Temple? Stay tuned.

In the afternoon we strolled out the 7 kilometers or so to the Ling Shan temple and Wen Bi Pagoda. What a nice pagoda. Built in 1906 and set atop a hill in the middle of a pine forest.

Theravada Temple with children and elephants.
Theravada Buddhist Temple - Lincang, Yunnan, China

The Buddha image inside the Theravada Temple.
Theravada Buddhist Temple - Lincang, Yunnan, China

Another Theravada Temple.
Theravada Buddhist Temple - Lincang, Yunnan, China

A pavilion at a Taoist Temple in the city center.
Taoist Temple - Lincang, Yunnan, China

The Mosque is located off a narrow lane. I could not get a good shot of the green dome but the nice folks at the mosque opened the prayer room so we could take a look.
Mosque - Lincang, Yunnan, China

Mahayana Buddhist Temple.
Mahayana Buddhist Temple - Lincang, Yunnan, China

This Protestant Church was built in 2004; actually converted from a rice granary said the pastor.
Protestant Church - Lincang, Yunnan, China

Ling Shan Taoist Temple just outside Lincang.
Taoist Temple - Lincang, Yunnan, China

Wen Bi Ta - Pagoda in the pines.
Eastern Pagoda - Lincang, Yunnan, China

Bonus photo. John with Giant Cabbage, Zhou Enlai and Chairman Mao.
John with Giant Cabbage, Zhou, and Mao - Lincang, Yunnan, China

And a shot inside Lincang's well maintained circa 1960's cinema.
Cinema - Lincang, Yunnan, China

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

what a holy and civilized place! i'm surprised they built the church in 2004. i suppose the temples are old. --weiqing