Sunday, November 7, 2010

China’s Taoism Revival?

my favorite Taoist temple anywhere (photo above), mostly because of the otherworldly spectacle of its annual festival, the Qingshan Temple (or 'dark bluish green' Mountain Temple) is hidden between apartment buildings just down the street from my old domicile in Taipei, at the end of Snake Alley, behind the much more famous Lungshan Temple (Dragon Mountain Temple) and surrounded by a dozen other Buddhist and Taoist temples.  If you want to see real Taoism, head to Taiwan or Hong Kong, but there seems to be a revival happening on the Mainland (read New York Times recent article  China’s Taoism Revival), although from what I've seen, it is much more about tourist dollars than anything else.
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