City God's Temple - Shanghai
This is a late post of my recent trip to Shanghai in April 2013 which I had decided not to post for some reasons. When I heard that bloggers SK and Bananaz missed visiting this temple, I thought I should share some photos of this auspicious temple and dedicate to bloggers SK/0617 and Bananaz.
Photo 1: The City God's Temple was built over 600 years ago during the Ming Dynasty. It is located right in the middle of the older sections of Shanghai city, right next to the Yu Yuan Gardens and the Tea House. This temple was built and dedicated to God Cheng Huang Qin Yubo (Year 1295 - 1373) who was being elated by the Ming's Emperor to become the City God after he passed away. He has contributed greatly during his reign as Mongol's Yuan Dynasty Jinshi and Ming Dynasty's Imperial Academy Scholar.
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Photo 2: I always love to see the colourful drawings of the Door Deities who guard the temples.
Photo 3: The Lion Statue smiled!
The wooden plaque says the opening hours is 8.30am to 4.30pm and the entrance fee is 10 Yuan (RM5.00) per visitor.
Photo 4: It was early Spring that day and was very cold! The huge crowds thronged inside the walled temple as it was a public holiday for "Tomb Clearing" week. Look at this cute boy sitting on his father's shoulder. He was restless and tossed the bundle of Joss Sticks anxiously.
Photo 5: It was so packed with China's folks and I had to wait for the right moments to snap "visible" photos!
Photo 6: Look at the boy's father!!! He was still texting messages on his phone!
Photo 7: This walled temple consists of the main building with 3 other separate complexes which are smaller.
Photo 8: Everyone had to wait for their turns to kneel down and offer their respects & wishes.
Photo 9: The City God's statue.
Photo 10: There were so many different statues adorned the walls of the entire lengths of this Main Temple's building.
Photo 11: The statues located on the opposite side of the walls.
Photo 12: Honestly, that was the first time I had seen any temple that housed the most statues. It was a pity that I could not read Chinese words, so I missed out the explanations.
Photo 13: As a regular traveler overseas, we would always try to pay our respects to the deities in the local temples so that our holidays would be a safe, pleasant and happy one. This is important for me.
Photo 14: I was attracted to this antique staircase inside the main temple. I guessed that it must be over 600 years old.
Photo 15: This is the inner courtyard of the Main Temple which connected to another building there.
Photo 16: The complex building at the left wing inside the courtyard area.
Photo 17: This is the chamber of another deity in the other building at the courtyard.
Photo 18: OMG! The boy's father was still texting! Now his father has lighted up the joss sticks which have burnt till VERY SHORT, thinking that the Gods Can Wait.