Quanzhou Guandi Temple

Quanzhou Guandi Temple

Quanzhou Guandi Temple
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70ava
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A lively and busy temple - definitely wort a visit
Dec 2019
If you travel in south China and in other S.E. Asian Chinese communities, you are going to encounter Guangdi temples in many places. Here is one of the most active ones, full of people and smoke praying for their good luck in business.Check out how they play with sticks in the boxes and how they toss those 2 pieces on the gorund to get the omen from the deity. Watch the wise old men telling them their fortunes and advising them about their luck. This is the real thing and nowhere else you will experience it better.
Written December 10, 2019
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JonasCN
Singapore, Singapore4,051 contributions
Experience Local Culture and Check out the Antique Roadside Stalls Next to it
Dec 2018 • Solo
Guang Di Temple is a popular temple among locals. If you will like to experience local culture, this is the street and temple to go. It is crowded in the morning especially on weekends. Many locals turn up as early as 8 plus to worship and pray at the temple. The temple is more than 1000 years old. Besides praying for your loved ones, you can also go there to learn about Guangdi and history of the temple. This temple is also located next to a historical mosque. The area is so famous that it is featured in CNN guide on what to do in Quanzhou.

There are two things to take note when you go to the temple. One is that there is a lot of smoke due to the burning of joss sticks. Not advised for people with asthma to go. The other thing to take note is that there are many beggars outside the temple. I heard from locals they are part of a syndicate. The moment you donate money to one, the others will come to ask for money. Hence it is best not top donate any money to the beggars.

However, a gem lies in the same stretch of road near the temple. There is narrow alley in between a building with roadside stalls. They sell unique Chinese antiques for Chinese history enthusiasts. I managed to get a Mao Zedong first edition Red Book and old Chinese authentic food coupons from the 1950s at a good price. The area and temple is well worth the visit.
Written June 8, 2019
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Sigrid L
Brussels, Belgium246 contributions
I loved this busy colourful temple
Nov 2018 • Solo
Very atmospheric, smoky and busy temple, worth spending some time observing the worshippers and soaking up the atmosphere. I loved it!
Lots of business going on in front as well: sellers of offerings, fortune tellers,...all quickly disappeared when the police arrived.
Written November 16, 2018
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bob19472016
Stratford, New Zealand179 contributions
Guandi is PINYIN name for Guanyue Temple
Sep 2018 • Couples
Very busy active temple - very smokey with the incest etc burning.
Not as big as others but worth a quick visit.
Written September 19, 2018
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chaknee
Beijing, China94 contributions
Fantastical
Jun 2018 • Solo
This is a great temple to visit. Lots of great wood carvings and architecture. A smoky crowded exotic atmosphere. The temple is located in central Quanzhou and is a temple of major importance for the town. Nearby are antique sellers, sellers of temple paraphernalia, etc. Also very close by is the Quanzhou Islamic Mosque.
Written June 21, 2018
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christinahsommers
Calgary, Canada3 contributions
An amazing Buddhist temple deserves your time
Oct 2016 • Family
This is an amazing Buddhist temple which deserves your time. It's pretty compact but unique. We left our vehicle at the hotel we stayed and took a taxi instead. We were definitely astonished by its ambiance the first time when we passed by. We took some photos although photography was not allowed inside - we didn't get intervened anyway.
Written November 6, 2016
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3lgdz
Manila, Philippines1,459 contributions
Small temple, nice carvings, smoky
Jan 2016 • Family
Small local temple near the Qingjing Mosque, dedicated to Guan Yu, a hero of the Three Kingdoms and commonly associated with war. Locals come here while burning artificial money and incense while praying for their intentions. Worth around 10-15 minutes of your time - just brief.
Written August 24, 2016
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phshanks
Bristol, United Kingdom1,150 contributions
Visit to the small temple
Mar 2016 • Couples
This is a small temple with a very smoky (incence) atmosphere. Photography is not permitted inside. The temple is well frequented by the locals and there is a steady stream of worshippers burning artifical money.
Written May 19, 2016
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