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Temple of the City God

China, an East Asian country is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It has a vast cultural history of more than five thousand years and an outstanding natural beauty. On the other hand, this country has remained a comparatively isolated and secluded one, and being a land of mystery, this country is not known to the western half of the world. However, China is rapidly developing and has grown in the phase of modernization, with an immense speed and is also welcoming the outer world to interact and do business with them.
Pingyao's Temple of the City God was built during the Northern Song Dynasty and is an essential venue for visitors who seek to appreciate and understand the cultural and religious background of this city. The temple has undergone two restorations, the first during the Ming and the second in the Qing Dynasty, with the result that the overall area it covers today is 7302 square meters. Situated on the main Nanda Jie, the temple stands symmetrically in an east-west direction from the county government office.
The Hall of the City God is the principle building and it stands in the centre of the complex. The temple has a rich cultural heritage. The architectural style is Taoist, involving the use of blue and green tiles that confirm the high level of importance the temple had for the city. Elaborate wall paintings, lifelike clay sculptures, exquisitely carved bricks and wood carvings as well as the ingenious carpentry used in the construction of the buildings are monuments to the craftsmanship and skill of those responsible for their completion. The classical Qing Dynasty ornamentation of the roof ridges, with their myriads of floral and fauna, both real and mythical, is a feast for the eyes.
As well as the principle buildings are with a number of auxiliary rooms leading off the various courtyards. The entire complex is a treasure trove of magnificent Chinese architecture and decorative art forms. This temple is a fine example of both deeply rooted religious and cultural traditions of their country. The Hall of the City God adds to the beauty of China and this fact has consolidated along with abroad tourists visiting the place, making it the most favorite holiday destination for most of the vacation lovers.

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