City God Temple in Guangzhou

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Guangzhou City God Temple is so Lively. Temple fair to greet the Snake Chinese New Year has been extended to the Western calendar March 2. Came to the City God Temple Square, full of tourists, a variety of traditional activities participants are crowded. The Guangzhou region of non-material cultural heritage – ivory carving, Guangzhou embroidery, paper cutting, line up, attracting numerous visitors.

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Rebuilt from October 2010 and open, until today, in just more than two years, the Guangzhou City God Temple had become a very unique, very interesting landmarks in Guangzhou.

An area of over 240 square meters of paint murals “epoch · Immortals” is an artistic masterpiece paintings painted 132 fairy is embedded on both sides of the wall of the Temple, a famous painter Lu Yanguang an art director, co-authoring a number of painters by Zhang Sen Lin, Su Xing, Guan Wai Yee, Lin Shaofang. Solemn momentum Smart layout, character dignified, elegant style. The Temple large hall, 12 meters high, installed four 2-meter-high Eight Immortals mahogany lanterns, placed nearly six meters long, and weighs three tons, rosewood carved Khmer woodcarving tribute desk, all are Guangdong folk art boutique.

2013 Snake year Lantern festival of Shanghai City God Temple

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Spring Festival is China’s biggest holiday, in Shanghai City God of Temple, 2013 Snake year Lantern Festival washeld at Shanghai Yuyuan. This year’s theme is “The Legend of the White Snake”, all of Chinese people almost know the old love story. The Yuyuan naturally became the most concentrated location in new year. In the Snake lantern scene, the City God Temple was packed with crowded people.

Zigzag bridge was decorated with Plum flower, the tourists from all over the country competing crossing the the bridgehead to see Lantern landscape, enjoy the cheerful festive atmosphere.
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This year is the Snake Year, the snake is terrible, its image is re-created, Chinese painting has always been abstract, so many snake lanterns are very lovely. The status and influence of the old City God Temple in Shanghai is so important. Shanghai City God Temple includeds: Shanghai old Street, Temple Taoist, Yuyuan Garden. These attractions are all called “Yuyuan tourist Mart,” is a well-known South classical garden, national key cultural relics protection department.

Shanghai Chenghuang temple custom spend the spring festival

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Spring festival is the most traditional and important festival in China. In Shanghai, visiting the temple fair in the old street Chenghuang temple, is the festival method with the most folk-custom feeling. Here it gathers Chinese characteristic boutique shops, snacks, jewelries, spring scrolls, and lantern fairs etc.. Everything is here, busy and unique. Yu garden lantern is the interesting program in the New Year folk-customs. Various lanterns are numerous, statically and dynamically, with cartoons, animals, modern people, ancient people, flowers and plants, and we really enter the lantern world, it is quite dazzled. The same place and the same scene under the different lights will produce the different colors and different effects, giving you the beautiful and wonderful feeling.

Spring scrolls comes from the ancient peach marks, it is the special literature art form in China. It describes the time background and expresses the good willing by the tidy, symmetrical, simple and exquisite words. Sticking the spring scrolls in the spring festival, expresses the people’s willing for more wellness and good life.

Strolling around the streets, what we can see is the red spring scrolls. To buy a pair for sticking on our family door, that will surely bring the good lucks in the coming year.

The happy spring festival feeling in City God temple of Shanghai (Shanghai Chenghuang miao)

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Can we be without the alive atmosphere to spend the Chinese New Year? Every family is hanging the big red lanterns, sticking the joyous spring festival scrolls on the doors, while the parents and children strolling around the streets to greet others for the new coming years… With the development of the times, the modern Chinese New Year becomes not so popular little by little. It seems that only in the old streets can we forget the modern urban fickleness, and go back to the former times with pure spring festival feeling. In the following, let us visit City God Temple of Shanghai (Chenghuang miao in Shanghai,) and experience more custom activities!

The spring festival is with thousands of years histories in China. The celebration of the lunar calendar is still powerful nonstop every year. At that time, all the people get together to watch the lanterns outside. City God temple of Shanghai (Shanghai Chenghuang miao) and Yuyuan Garden are also the activity center. The pavilions are all with colorful lanterns, lighting outdoor and indoor. On the top of the faked mountain in the garden, the fireworks set off, more attracting.

During the lantern festival, except for watching the lanterns, what we can enjoy is the special atmosphere. The lantern festival night is noisy until the deep night. Everyone starts to go home slowly after the lanterns burn out. There is one saying that, that day is the day the stove god coming back, so it’s time to go home for receiving this stove god.

The beauty of spring festival evening is the sunset. At night, every family members gather together at home, even the one far away from home, also will try to come back home to spend the spring festival evening together. Everyone sits down together under the light, having the spring festival dinner together, eating, drinking and laughing. The time for this dinner will be longer. This is the moment for everyone to enjoy happily around the year, so-called “family happiness”.

The Chinese New Year comes after this night, therefore many family elders will not go to bed after the spring festival dinner, but stay aside the stove. They are talking, laughing and eating the snacks. No one will feel the night to be longer. At the midnight, some people will strive to burn the incense in the city temple. In the coming morning, the celebration of the whole year spring festival ends at this time.

Hilton visited City God Temple years ago

 Hilton visited City God Temple years agoParis Hilton visited Shanghai City God Temple years ago, she went straight to a costume shop. In the store, Hilton first tried a red silk pajamas, and later put on a white short-sleeved Chinese-style costume with embroidered flower, when seeing the reporter, Hilton POSE naturally.

When Hilton tried on clothing in the store, a young girl told reporters, “Hilton is very beautiful.” Hilton stayed in the store about 10 minutes, then wear a new white short-sleeved Chinese-style costume and went out of the store.

A clerk told reporters that Hilton spent a total of 220 dollars to buy two scarves and two items of clothing. After going out from the costume shop, Hilton went straight to  Shanghai Nanxiang bread shop to taste the famous snack.

Hefei City God Temple

Hefei City God Temple

There are all kinds of commodity in Hefei City God Temple, shoes, hats, etc., Most importantly, where people buy things is to exercise eloquence, and to bargain with the boss is a good feeling!

You often can see people bought more bags of goods, but spend only half or even less money. New Year is a good time to purchase in Hefei City God Temple, big Chinese knot, put a floral pot on the table, and even lucky red money envelopes of new year.

Hefei City God Temple is located in the urban center, the traffic are very convenient. You can take bus No.166 , No.138, No.136, No.133, No.127, No.126, No.125, No.114 to the “Temple” stop, you can also take the rapid bus line No.4, No.3, No.901, No.701, No.166, No.162, No.136, No.133, No.126, No.122, No.116, No.17 to the “San Xiao mouth” stop, walking all the way to visit is a good choice.

The handicrafts of Shanghai Yuyuan Garden: mat dolls

The handicrafts of Shanghai Yuyuan Garden: mat dolls

The handicrafts of Shanghai Yuyuan Garden: mat dolls

The handicrafts of Shanghai Yuyuan Garden: mat dolls

The handicrafts of Shanghai Yuyuan Garden: the small size of umbrella

The handicrafts of Shanghai Yuyuan Garden: the small size of umbrella

 

The handicrafts of Shanghai Yuyuan Garden: the small size of umbrella

The handicrafts of Shanghai Yuyuan Garden: copper wire words

The handicrafts of Shanghai Yuyuan Garden: copper wire words

 The handicrafts of Shanghai Yuyuan Garden: copper wire words

The handicrafts of Shanghai Yuyuan Garden: copper wire words

The handicrafts in Shanghai Yuyuan Garden: Paper-cut

The handicrafts in Shanghai Yuyuan Garden: Paper-cut

Paper-cuts are China’s most popular folk art, according to the archaeological history, Paper-cuts can be traced back to its sixth century AD, but people think the actual start time was even hundreds of years earlier than that time. Paper-cut commonly used in religious ceremonies, decorative and arts and so on.

Chinese paper cutting is the most popular folk tradition of decorative arts, has a long history. It is easy to get materials, low cost, wide adaptation, the varied style, lively and popular image; because paper cutting is more suitable for rural women to enjoy leisure, also beautify the life.

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