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“Nice stop, even when closed.”

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Owner description: A preserved 1874 Taoist temple.
Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

It was great to visit the Joss House, although the park was closedn. We were able to walk around the grounds and the house, but the temple and the museum were closed as they are only open 4 days a week, my only complaint about the park. It was great to see a religious center preserved and I hope that the State of California will continue to support the upkeep of the location.

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Reviewed April 15, 2014

This gold-rush temple was built by Chinese miners, and has served continuously ever since. It contains many precious artifacts and items of beauty and interest to anyone interested in the Old West, Asian history, or unique California treasures.

It is now operated by the California State Parks, with enjoyable docent-led tours several days a week. A few times a year locals hold festivals featuring a lion dance troop at the temple, a show worthy of San Francisco's Chinatown or even Beijing.

Anyone who passes through Weaverville without a visit to the Joss House is missing out. Highest recommendation.

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Reviewed April 15, 2014

On a day trip out of Redding I stopped here to explore a little, and was pleased to find a docent tour available. This is a lovely old temple and the history of the Chinese in Weaverville is different from that in many other 19th century California towns, making the visit particularly memorable. There's a small museum adjacent to the temple with good interpretive panels.

Thank JC-OMCA
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

It's a museum but can still be used as a temple. It shows you some of the history of how the Chinese arrived in the 1800's, lived here , worshiped here.( they were the ones hired to work on the railroads and goldmines). The significance of some of the items which are very interesting. Their culture and beliefs (like why the door threshold had to be so many inches tall) and just filled with information on how the Chinese people lived their everyday lives.
It's just an amazing little place that I hope doesn't have to permanently shut down due to budget cuts.

Thank Bonnie P
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

The temple is absolutely fascinating with its collection a genuine and beautiful artifacts from 19th century China. In addition to explaining the significance of the various items, our guide also gave us the story behind the building of the temple and the subterfuge Chinese community had undertaken in order to get the materials to Weaverville. Due the Chinese cultural revolution in the mid 60s and 70s, where so much heritage was destroyed, temples like this can no longer be found in mainland China. All in all a really worthwhile visit

Thank Alan R
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