Photographer's Note

You can tell the difference between a Buddhist temple and a Taoism one, by the decorative figures and deities which people pray for.

A Buddhist temple will also have warriors guarding the gates, whereas a Taoist temple will have a statues of dragons or playful lions.

When you see a pair of lions, the lion on the left is normally a female with a cub under her paw, and the lion on the right is male with a pearl under his paw.

This photo shows the female lion in the Taoist temple in Fanling.

To see a similar photo taken in The Forbidden City, click here.

A great deal of symbolism is also involved in the distinctive 'green' roof, as shown in the photo.

In Chinese architecture the vertical ridges are symbolic of bamboo which represents youth and longevity.

Gold is an auspicious material, and so Imperial roofs are gold/yellow in colour.

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Additional Photos by Andrew Orme (orme) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1694 W: 114 N: 1605] (7219)
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