Over Chinese New Year we went to the local Taoist temple. It was interesting to say the least! Outside of the temple, people had their fortunes told, and beggars lay on the sidewalk with missing limbs.
Trenton referred to these statues as dragons, but I thought they looked more like lions. They look terrifying because they are supposed to scare the evil spirits away from the temple.
The temple was much bigger than I thought! There were actually multiple temples, each separated by courtyards with pagodas. Inside the temples, were these shrines.
People would bow to the shrines, leave food offerings for them, and sometimes donate money into a box sitting in the front.
On the outskirts of the temple grounds were little gardens with colorful, blooming flowers.
Visitors would rub these structures for good luck!
As you can see on the right, people would light incense candles and stick them in the troughs, followed by a pr-yer to the shrines.
Below is the Chinese Zodiac Symbol. Elderly folks would pause thoughtfully in front of it, while younger folks stopped to take a picture with it. Each of these symbols signifies an animal. This year is the year of the dog!
The temple was full of all sorts of people. We tried to talk to some, but couldn’t find any other English speakers. Needless to say, I don’t think I want to go back anytime soon!
On another note, I have not been able to sleep at night! Ever since I came to China, I just can never fall asleep. It is so awful, because then during the day I am soooo tired and have low motivation. I have tried literally everything to get myself to fall asleep! I work out in the day, I drink milk before bed, but it’s still such a struggle. So I’m basically a walking zombie! And then I start to crash around 5… but then I push through, and get a second wind around 10..and then the cycle repeats. Have you ever suffered from insomnia?! I do eventually fall asleep around 4 or 5 but then I get up at 7… so not fun! I’m thinking maybe my body is just refusing to adjust to my new time zone. I’ve talked to a few other expats and some of them have said the same thing, that they haven’t been able to have a good sleep since they came here.
Anyways, tomorrow Trenton and I head to Hong Kong! I’m soooo excited. We have an exciting itinerary planned so we’ll see how it goes…
Have you ever been to Hong Kong before? Or have you ever had insomnia?! Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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