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I am back in China :). (On TE, not in the reality).

This is the gate to the Yuantong Temple in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. it is a moderate Chinese town, only population of 6,6 millions:).
Yuantong Temple is at the foot of Yuantong Hill in the northern part of Kunming. With a history of more than 1,200 years, it is one of the grandest as well as the most important Buddhist temple in Yunnan Province.
What I like in the Chinese architecture are these roofs. And look here, they have the small animals there.
Chinese imperial roof decorations were statuettes placed along the ridge line of official buildings of the Chinese empire. Only official buildings (palaces, government buildings, and some temples) were permitted to use such roof decorations.
At the tail of the procession will be an imperial dragon, representing the authority of the state.

At the head of the procession will be a man riding a Phoenix, one legend suggests that this represents a minion of the emperor who grew greedy for power and was hanged from the roof gable for treason. Another version of this figurine is an immortal riding a fenghuang-bird or qilin. Yet another interpretation is that this is a person serving the emperor, being watched by the following beasts.

100 pictures from China! The reason is (1) that I liked China, I was fascinated by this incredible country and (2) big gap between journeys. So there will be more, till my next adventure.

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Detail of the roof

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13023 W: 139 N: 33699] (153734)
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