Shanxi is a rewarding part of China to visit if you have a taste for atmospheric old Chinese temples. This one, with a hall dating back to the 12th century, ought to be one of the best. But, unfortunately, it is the clearest example we have seen of over-zealous restoration. When you have centuries-old antiquities on hand, you don't need to 'improve' everything with modern materials. There are many modern additions; a desert of concrete paving from 2009 does not enhance your enjoyment of an historic site, though perhaps it makes it easier to sell to Chinese coach groups. Yet even they were in absence during our visit. The peace would have been a welcome novelty, but unfortunately the renovations have included the installation of music speakers and traditional Chinese muzak drifts through the complex. Furthermore, the 80 yuan entrance fee keeps local worshippers out, making the place seem like a sterile relic, rather than a living place of worship. We much preferred the rustic Taoist temple in Tianyun and the Confucian temples in Pingyao and Hancheng. This was, for us, an example of what to avoid.
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