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R.P. BenDedek

Qing Ming Festival Guangfu Town Suzhou
By R.P. BenDedek
Apr 7, 2014 - 12:02:07 AM

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Taken in Guangfu town near Suzhou in Jiangsu Province Qing Ming Festival 2014.

This photo was taken on Saturday April 5th 2014 and is of a religious service. The service was for women dressed in black robes who were offering up prayers both orally and via burning written prayers. The monk was old but cool and too preoccupied with his rituals to notice that that was a foreigner he walked past when he stepped outside this door and ceremoniously placed some rice on a podium.

The particular temple in which the service took place. There are several temples in the complex including one for fertility.

The service took place in one of the temples in the 'Bronze Kwan-yin Temple' complex in Guangfu Ancient Town

Guangfu Ancient Town is located about 25 kilometers (about 16 miles) west of Suzhou's urban area, on a peninsula of the beautiful Taihu Lake, and at the foot of Mt. Dengwei. With a history of 6,000 to 7,000 years, the town boasts historical and cultural relics, including the Bronze Kwan-yin Temple, Situ Temple, Sheng'en Temple, Shilou Nunnery, and "Sea of Fragrant Snow" (Xiangxuehai), etc. In addition, Guangfu is famous for traditional Chinese crafts such as silk and olive-stone carving.

The Temple Complex is at the end of a long entrance pathway set some distance from the main road. At this point we are halfway between the road and the temple.

Because of Qing Ming Festival or Tomb Sweeping Festival we had a long weekend this weekend and joining millions of other people we took off to go sightseeing. Tong Xin, who studied Italian under Chiara and English under me in 2007 and who subsequently went to study in Italy, now works in Shanghai - as does Chiara. Owning a Peugeot sports car, he picked Chiara up from work on Friday and traveled to Suzhou where he has family. First however he dropped Chiara off at my place. Saturday morning we set off to do some sightseeing and immediately got stuck in the traffic.

We had a good day and sooner or later I will write about it.

Some people don't get the purpose in some of my photos, but the fact is that I like the ancient constructions, the worn stones and the general ancientness - if that is a word.

R.P. BenDedek
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