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Yuantong Temple in Kunming

February 9, 2013

In the summer of 2011, I took a two month trip in China that I chronicled on kiroma. Recently I posted photos from Shanghai and photos from Suzhou. I now live in China as a student at Fudan University. Before starting school, I took a two week trip with Joy to Yunnan and Guizhou that took us to Lijiang, Dali, and Kunming, and me to Qujing, Huangguoshu, Anshun, Guiyang, and Chongqing.

We began our journey in Yunnan by flying to the stunning modern airport in the provincial capital, Kunming. Walking out on the street our first day in town, we came across the enchanting Yuantong Temple, an old and very active Buddhist temple. It was late August, just in time for the Yu Lan festival, also known as the “Ghost Festival.” We burned joss sticks, paper and candles as offerings but were not able to take part in the chanting at the main hall. A large crowd of worshippers were gathered to make offerings before the altar. They prayed under a large tent. We passed a few monks walking around the grounds, and a portion of the entryway was under construction. Below are my photographs from Yuantong Temple.

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