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China diary: We got religion

Moganshan, east China

By Mark Kitto   May 2012

Buddhist temples are springing up on the mountainside like bamboo shoots. Old ones have been rebuilt and bright yellow new ones have appeared in the forests. From the top of the mountain I can count ten. There is definitely a religious revival taking place. The village of Moganshan’s main temple, the Heavenly Pond, built in the Warring States period and once visited by a Song dynasty emperor, is in the process of restoration.

I shouldn’t call it a restoration. The building has fallen or been knocked down many times; by the Red Guards in the 1960s and the Taiping rebels…

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