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Two Temples at the Three Gorges Dam

6/14/08
After our bamboo canyon hike, we enjoyed a delicious lunch. While chatting with the restaurant owners, they told us about a new building designated as Qu Yuan’s house. (Remember, he’s the patriotic poet whose suicidal death is the reason we have Dragon Boat Festival.)

Anyway, the restaurant owners were so insistent that we check it out, they even escorted us in their personal car so we could be find the residence easily.

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Once at the “new village,” no one was exactly sure which “newly built house in the old style” was suppose to be Qu Yuan’s. But at the highest part overlooking the reservoir of the Three Gorges Dam, we found a new ancestral worship hall.

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The ancestral worship hall.

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Here is one of the gods/ancestors that is available for worship.

After seeing the ancestral worship hall behind the dam, we were reminded that the Huang Ling temple sits in front of the dam.  Most of the tour buses stop here to see the gods.

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This is the outer gate of the Huang Ling temple.

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This temple had separate houses for the gods/ancestors.

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A god/ancestor with fresh fruit offerings.

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More gods/ancestors.

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Incense offerings.

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Entering another gods/ancestors house.

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This house had two 400 year old corpses inside. It was no a pretty sight. They were complete available for viewing and worshiping. People would give them money with the hopes that they would bring good luck.

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Hubs enjoys a nice chat with a monk.

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